Useful Elegance: Kitchen and Bath Design

September 27, 2011

Four kitchens and one special bath that blend beauty and function to show New England designers at their best.

Text by Paula M. Bodah

The Sky’s the Limit

SO11 Manuel de Santaren and Kim Clark
A simple directive—the color blue—set the designers off and running, mixing textures and patterns that play off an azure that looks as though it came straight out of an autumn sky. American walnut, glass mosaic tiles, stainless steel, resin and recycled-stone and glass terrazzo all find their way into this kitchen that’s grounded in a modern aesthetic vernacular.
Weston, Massachusetts
Interior design: Manuel de Santaren and Kim Clark, Boston Design Center, (617) 330-6998,
Architecture: Charles R. Myer and Partners, (617) 876-9062,
Photography –  Greg Premru

Open Season

SO11  Mary Courville Designs
Two bedrooms, two baths and a walk-in closet were opened up to create a dramatic master suite for a single man who wanted to maximize his ocean views—even from the tub. Black accents make a bold statement against the striking Ann Sacks tile walls and oak parquet floor.
Location: Winthrop, Massachusetts
Interior design: Mary Courville, Mary Courville Designs, Winchester, Mass., (781) 721-1934;
Lighting design: Doreen Le May Madden, Lux Lighting Design, Belmont, Mass., (617) 484-6400,
Photography – Shelly Harrison

Country Comfort

SO11 Nicola’s Homes

An updated version of a classic farmhouse kitchen mixes traditional elements like the butter-yellow cabinetry and reclaimed ceiling beams with clever touches such as the custom bronze and quilted-stainless-steel range hood and the idea of letting the island do double duty as the banquette’s back.
Location: Cumberland, Maine
Interior design: Nicola Manganello, Nicola’s Homes, Portland, Maine, (207) 899-3218,
Photography – James R. Salomon

Small Miracle

SO11 Roomscapes Luxury Design Center/Kitchen Concepts
A small kitchen feels more spacious with the clever ¬conversion of a wall to a curved half-wall that forms the back of the dining area’s banquette. The stylish sweep at the closed end of the wall, echoed beautifully in the mosaic backsplash above the stove, sparks the room’s contemporary new look.
Location: Duxbury, Massachusetts
Design: Cameron Snyder and Judy Whalen, Roomscapes Luxury Design Center/Kitchen Concepts, Rockland, Mass., (781) 616-6400,
Photography – Dan Cutrona

All in the Family

SO11 Taylor Interior Design
The look is fresh, fun and casual in this kitchen for a young family. Pristine white and sparkling stainless steel form a backdrop that lets bright touches like the navy-blue cabinets and hand-block-printed orange polka-dot roman shades stand out.
Location: Providence
Interior design: Courtney Taylor, Taylor Interior Design, Providence, (401) 274-1232,
Photography – Nat Rea


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