upper cabinets were repositioned to
allow space for the large decorative
star. “I tried for a kitchen that doesn’t
look too kitcheny,” Hourihan says.
nearby woodsy Wenham. At 3,500 square feet, the
house was well sited, spacious, and had exceptional
details, including 9-foot ceilings, long windows,
front and back staircases, and a separate children’s
wing. Only the floor plan needed some tweaking.
True to her efficient style, a crew from
Carpenter & MacNeille was ready on move-in day to
implement her hand-drafted changes. Walls enclosing a small library that jutted oddly into the living
room were eliminated to create an expansive living
space. In the dining room, a small corner door to the
kitchen was closed off, making way for new French
doors centered on the same wall, flooding light into
both spaces. Kitchen cabinets were moved around
to be less obtrusive, and both oven and microwave
were relocated under a new white marble countertop on the expanded island. “I just played around
cosmetically with the space so that it seems larger
and more usable, but we certainly didn’t have to
start from scratch,” Hourihan says.
Now for the next big question: Why use a “
non-color” palette for herself when a recent project
— alive with color and pattern — was successful enough to be featured in Architectural Digest
(February 2010)? “Maybe because I have a degree
in architecture, I see interiors in a different light
than most designers. Every time I do a new project,
I start fresh. No repetition.” She adds: “At home,
I love the purity of my background. Who knows?
Maybe having a clear mind does help in solving