This 7,148-square-foot house was designed to “bring English country style across the pond,” explains architect Wayne Visbeen. It isn’t hard to imagine enjoying afternoon tea or a nip of sherry in its kitchen, which is at once gracious and cozy. Warmth is the operative word.
Some designers might be averse to mixing multiple wood species, but Visbeen and interior designer Donna Cohen did so to lovely effect, satisfying the owner’s penchant for autumnal colors. A distressed alder wood island and ochre-painted cabinets are offset by a cherry plank ceiling and walnut floors. Granite countertops flecked in brown and gold, a copper island prep sink, and oiled bronze faucets add even more richness and complexity to the mix.
Earthy though its palette may be, this kitchen is more refined than rustic, thanks to furniture-style moldings and raised panel cabinet faces, upholstered chairs, antique pendant lights, and a graceful range hood with display shelving for china. A leaded-glass pocket door connects to an adjacent pantry.
Perhaps the most important ingredient is light, which keeps all that heavy wood and ornate detailing from feeling too dark. Although the vaulted ceiling above the island reaches 13 feet 6 inches, the cove that surrounds it drops to 10 feet, creating a perimeter soffit that conceals lighting. And during most hours of the day, sunlight streams in and dances off the white apron sink, tile backsplash, and molding.