Inspired by a family’s Florida retreat, a tiny cook space is
remade into a spacious family-friendly hangout
Written and Produced by MOLLY JANE QUINN • Photography by ERIC ROTH
For trent lloyd, remaking the kitchen in the 1730s Georgian-style home that she shares with her husband and two young daughters in Newburyport, Massachusetts, was more than a necessary update — it was life altering.
“The kitchen was small and the shelves were particle-board and crumbling apart,” says Lloyd of the old space,
which was last renovated in the 1960s. “Small” is an understatement; the kitchen was a scant 192 square feet, with no
upper cabinets, a paltry bank of under-counter cupboards,
no eating areas, and a boxed-in stove with a delightful view
The family had already remodeled one section of the
house to include a vestibule that connects the front entry to
a private garden. Mindi Poston Gay, who at the time worked
for Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders of Essex,
Massachusetts, designed the hall. The two women reconnected when Gay opened her own firm, MPG Home Design
in Byfield, Massachusetts. Together, they turned their eyes to
Lloyd’s lackluster cooking space.“Trent needed something
that was easy and more conducive to family life,” says Gay.
In a happy twist of fate, Lloyd’s inspiration was her family’s Florida vacation retreat, and Gay hails from Miami. With
the Sunshine State in mind, the designer quickly zeroed in
on a found piece of silver-flecked driftwood, which served as
a touchstone for the color scheme.
Gay’s program added 120 square feet to the kitchen,
which now includes a mudroom that the family uses as the
kitchen design: mpg home design • builder: sabatini
construction wood and stone artistry
addition brings light
and space to the
made with beach sand
and New England
to look like driftwood.