A New Story

EL Design Studio's Inspired Coastal Kitchen
Ellen Lopez, CKD  
2017 NKBA 50th Anniversary Design Competition

Photography by James Governali

“The needs of my clients’ beachfront kitchen were straightforward yet challenging to fulfill,” said Ellen Lopez, owner of EL Design Studio in Hicksville. “It involved fashioning a warm, intimate environment within a generously open space while merging a traditional style with an organic, beachy feel.”

Eye-catching wall behind range suggests the waves of the sea.

Eye-catching wall behind range suggests the waves of the sea.

The subtle swirling patterns of the Cambria quartz countertops brought the movement of waves and glimmer of sand. The rugged texture and warm tone of the plank tile floor completes the feeling. The finished look has implications of the beach yet maintains a sense of grace.

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“My biggest challenge was taking an extra-large space and turning it into a functional work triangle,” remarked Lopez. The solution came from using refrigerator and freezer columns; by breaking up the units, more space was used while keeping the fundamental elements of the triangle intact.

A set of counter stools are perfectly graceful in their shape with driftwood legs and soft, blue upholstery. Combining these accents with the elegance of the raw design of the space gave the clients’ home a new story and a new purpose.




Classic white cabinets and cursed oak, oversized island provide the perfect balance between the elegant space and the relaxed vibe of the view. Refrigerator/freezer columns add flow to a second work space so guests can lend a hand.