When designer Annette English revamped a rabbit warren of rooms into an expansive kitchen, she built on the 1937 house's traditional style, then pushed it forward with eye-catching elements like faceted pendants from Reborn Antiques—"big, but the transparency makes them feel light and airy," she says. Herringbone travertine floors add a rustic note, while soft paint colors and a wood-topped island keep the mood warm.
An Interplay of Layered, Well-Chosen Details
1. Moroccan Tile
"I usually do monochromatic backsplashes, but this tile makes a statement," English says. The pattern also creates a sense of intimacy in a large room. Windsor Arabia tile from Full Circle Design Studio.
2. Distinctive Hood
The dark hammered zinc, trimmed with stainless steel, picks up the charcoal gray in the tile and has a nice patina that "makes it look as if it has been around for a while." Custom made by CAC Fabrication.
3. Contrasting Trim
Using a deeper color, Dunn-Edwards's Enchanted Eve, on the moldings and window casings brings out the architectural details. Walls are in a custom blend of Benjamin Moore's Fieldstone with white.
4. Different Counters
Solid oak on the island was weathered and distressed, then sealed with marine varnish to stand up to spills. Perimeter countertops are made of honed black granite with a leathered finish for durability.
5. Plenty of Storage
The island's many cabinets have traditional raised-panel doors painted in Dunn-Edwards's Enchanted Eve. Wall cabinets are in Dunn-Edwards's Lunar Landing, which English calls "a calm, organic gray-green."
This hand-hammered copper sink from Native Trails adds warmth.
Get the Look:
Windsor Arabia in Charcoal and Ivory. $20 each.
2. Pendant Light
Beck Pendant. $1,290.
3. Drawer Hardware
Sash Pull in Bronze Dark. From $44 each.
4. Curtain Fabric
Shiraz in Blue and Sand. To the trade.
5. Trim Paint
Enchanted Eve. From $42 per gallon.
Thomas Keller's All-Clad Collection 5-Quart Saucepot and Universal Lid. $300.