Jeff and Sallie needed a kitchen that would accommodate their passion for cooking and entertaining while honoring the integrity and character of their late-19th-century carriage house. While it may have been tempting to create a kitchen to compete with the house’s massive second-floor living space, they did not want the kitchen to overshadow the existing architecture or to contrast too much with the adjacent living spaces. They wanted to kitchen to remain open to the living spaces, but also to feel nestled in the room. The solution, as senior editor Rob Yagid explains, turned out to be two islands: a small central island to house the cooktop and stove, and a massive, curved island that sweeps around the kitchen on two sides and provides space for storage and food preparation. Additional storage is provided above the sink by open shelves, and by cabinets (some painted, some naturally finished). A sidebar explores the construction of the curved island, which gives a nautical feel to the kitchen.
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