interior designer Thayne Emrich wanted the kitchen to be clean but not stark. The recycled-pine table, lime-green cabinets, and pear-green ceiling add warmth to the CaesarStone countertops and island, stainless steel accents, and Faber Matrix hood.
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envelops the entry of Thayne Emrich’s
home. Original to the 1940s oversize Cape-style house and as pure as the day it was
installed (thanks to respectful owners), it
conveys a sense of warmth and welcome.
So, too, does the stainless steel, white, and
brisk green kitchen just steps away, the core
of Emrich’s 460-square-foot addition. A stark
dichotomy — no argument there — but one
that nonetheless conveys harmony.
“For someone who has not been in
the house, it’s definitely unexpected,” says
Emrich of the kitchen, “but I think it’s unex-
pected in an exciting way rather than in an
‘Oh …’ kind of way. People walk in and
seem to love it.”
It’s the bold blending of tradition and
modernity — not masking new as old, but
embracing the traits of both and connect-
ing them with subtle threads — that makes
the Bolton, Massachusetts, home so engag-
ing. It’s neither fussy nor bare, just personal,
the ideal home base for Emrich, his wife,
Shannon, and their four sons (ages 20, 18,
15, and 14).
Emrich, an interior designer who
founded Thayne Emrich Design in 2006,