Kellie Burke Designs a Glamorous Kitchen
August 4, 2022
Shiny surfaces and statement lighting add a luxe touch to a Connecticut kitchen.
Text by Paula M. Bodah Photography by Kyle J. Caldwell
Another family might have found the Tuscan-style kitchen just perfect for them. For the new owners of this Canton home, however, the dark wood and heavy moldings weren’t quite right. “It was in great shape,” says designer Kellie Burke, “but it just wasn’t their vibe. They’re a young, groovy, hip couple with two beautiful daughters.”
Burke lightened things up with simple Shaker-style cabinetry painted in a warm white and accented with satin-finished brass hardware. For subtle contrast, she painted the island and select cabinetry pale gray. Shiny surfaces—white glass perimeter counters, the white quartzite island top, the mirrored doors on the coffee station, and the acrylic island chairs—catch and reflect light so the space feels cheerful even on the dreariest of days.
On that fresh, lively backdrop, the designer added a layer of drama. Kelly Wearstler’s sunburst Strada light hangs above the breakfast table, while twin lamps of brass and glass illuminate the island. “I like that they’re much more decorative than ordinary task lights,” Burke notes.
Once the kitchen was finished the designer says, “My clients felt energized. You could really sense the shift. Your environment has this incredible capacity to change how you feel every day.”