While the footprint remained unchanged,
Swanson reconfigured the room to make it
more functional. Working with contractor
McHugh Custom Builders of Roslindale, Massachusetts, he installed a large island and an
ample countertop next to the cooktop to provide plenty of prep space. Two sinks and distinct work zones make it possible for husband
and wife to cook concurrently. For casual family dining, Swanson designed a walnut table
attached to the island at counter height. It
provides seating for four and views of both
the fireplace and bay window, where Swanson
installed a window seat with storage for cookbooks underneath.
Swanson was careful to consider the
divergent aesthetic preferences of his clients.
“He is much more traditional and loves the
classic appeal of the old Beacon Hill architecture,” says Swanson. She, on the other hand,
prefers a more contemporary vibe. “My husband grew up with antiques on the Upper East
a polished chrome pendant light
fixture from RH that hung in the
former kitchen was reused above the
table. The iconic Midcentury stools
were designed by Harry Bertoia.
kitchen + bath