white Carrara marble chosen for its look and, as
Judy says, “because it’s robust but soft at the same
The room’s new spaciousness is warmed by
matched-grain Douglas fir used on the ceiling and
for all the custom-built cabinetry. Flooring is reclaimed antique hard pine that continues, at one
end of the kitchen, up a flight of stairs that leads
to the couple’s art studio. White bronze hardware
and stainless steel accents, such as the exhaust hood,
wall ovens, and gooseneck professional-style faucet
contrast with the warmth of the wood. Except for
the Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers, all
appliances are by Miele, a German manufacturer,
which the Gleysteens like for both their “terrific industrial design” as well as top quality.
“Our kitchen is designed to be totally functional for the way we want to use it and equally
beautiful,” says Marcus. “It’s meant to have a long
shelf life worthy of its setting. We consider ourselves
stewards of the environment in which we live, so
our approach is to keep its appeal intact, not only for
ourselves, but for generations to come.” ::
clerestory windows capture late afternoon sun.
The custom matched-grain Douglas fir cabinetry
highlights the Carrara marble countertops.
of all the multitasking elements in a kitchen, none wears more hats than the island. part
work space, part gathering place, the island has become a fundamental component in most kitchens
— and the range of styles is ever expanding.
Choosing the right size, shape, and placement for a kitchen island is essential to ensure that both
practical needs and aesthetic preferences are met.
For a newly built home, adding this leggy island helped marry the kitchen’s
country look with modern conveniences. Designer Susan Bielski of Hutker Architects
Inc. in Vineyard Haven and Falmouth, Massachusetts, supervised the design and
installation. The island is a farmhouse table look-alike, painted robin’s-egg blue and
outfitted at one end with a supplemental sink set in a marble countertop. The rest
of the island is topped with wood in a natural stain. Built-in drawers with patinaed
hardware provide generous storage. “The warmth of a traditional country kitchen is
conveyed in the selection of materials used,” says Bielski. “The almost 9 feet of
continuous countertop makes it a serious cook’s heaven.”
The sturdy cylindrical “table” legs add not only to the charm, but also to the open ambience that
saves the kitchen from becoming claustrophobic. Plumbing pipes are tucked far enough back from
the edge of the island to be barely noticeable. — molly jane quinn
Installing appliances such
as a range or dishwasher in
an island can affect design
choices. In a full-block style,
for example, it is easier to
hide plumbing and
In sleek stainless
steel, this style is
perfect for a
contemporary kitchen. In wood with
lots of millwork trim, it can suit a
more traditional setting.
Short legs create
an illusion of
space, while a
roomy body allows for maximum
storage. The countertop overhang
hides stools underneath.
Elongated legs save an
oversize island from
overwhelming a room.
However, the open style makes it
hard to hide mechanical elements.