Modern Bliss

Written and photographed by Alexandra Young

Soothing tones, clean lines and a touch of texture complete this blissful kitchen in East Hampton. During this remodel, the homeowner wanted to break away from conventional kitchen trends and embrace a bold look. With this aspiration in mind, designer Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works knew she needed to push boundaries without going to extremes.

Kelly’s base objective was to incorporate a shaker door style in a transitional way. “I decided to think outside the box, quite literally, by making a box with it,” she said. By further framing the cabinets with panels in the same finish, she created a modern yet minimalistic look.

The client then visited Plesser’s Luxury Appliances of Southampton where he was assisted by manager Robert Nielsen. After hearing the client’s vision, Robert knew a Bertazzoni chimney hood would lend itself to the cabinet framing with its sleek contemporary style and glass touch controls. The hood’s powerful but quiet motor maintains this kitchen’s calming effect.

A waterfall island top further compliments these features. The slabs were chosen for their soft pattern and brightening effect. Plesser’s Bertazzoni convection speed oven was added to the right side run of cabinets. Working as a standard oven or microwave makes this a go-to appliance for a busy kitchen. In addition, this oven also possesses the ability to be mounted flush with cabinets for a seamless look which was necessary for this project.

The upper cabinets are wrapped with a Desert Wood panel while the doors were painted in a Chai Latte finish. The mix of textures contrast with each other and gives the dramatic result the homeowner was looking for.     

Kelly brought the Desert Wood finish over to the bar, where she created open shelves for added flair. The neutral colors of both rooms create the perfect base to play with colorful accessories such as the bright, bold oversized painting.

Kelly and Robert turned a vision into reality with the completion of this project; exceeding expectations by understanding a kitchen is only successful with maximum functionality. By combining key components of cabinetry and appliances, they produced a tranquil space for the homeowner to share with family and friends.