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Key Ingredients: Smart Kitchen Decorating


Open Kitchen

The Family
Marina and Jean-Philippe Adam and their children, Alex, 13, Philippe, 17, and Sophie, 19

The Challenge
Create a modern, open kitchen in a Rye, New York, home that does double duty as a place to make meals and a gathering spot for kids and friends.

The Designer
Jimi Napoli, of Ceramic Design, Greenwich, Connecticut

The Strategy
Casual but well-dressed—that's the look Marina wanted. "She has a lot of style," Napoli says. "But she loves to cook, so she wanted a kitchen that functions."

The Solution
Together Marina and Napoli cooked up a traditional work triangle layout—fridge on one side of an island, stove and ovens on the other, sink and dishwasher for prep and cleaning on the wall in between. The vaulted ceiling and streamlined cabinets lend a bright, wide-open feel. Pale wood details and walls the color of spring leaves add warmth. "I hate kitchens that feel like a laboratory," Marina says. A maple butcher block top on the island provides a place for casual family meals. "It shows some stains and dings, but I didn't want perfection," Marina says, "I wanted an area where everybody can relax and have fun."