More space, more storage, more light — without adding a single inch to the footprint
WRITTEN BY LARRY LINDNER • PHOTOGRAPHED BY GREG PREMRU
Christine and Eric Savage, a healthcare lawyer and a commercial airline pilot, respectively, wanted their galley kitchen not to feel like one. And they wanted it to remind them of the beach, even though it was on the 10th floor of their Boston condo building. And they wanted it to have more storage, despite their desire for
a more open look. Where were they going to find an interior designer
who could work all that magic?
Two flights up, of course.
They had seen the handiwork of their 12th-floor neighbor, Jill
Najnigier of Boston-based JN Interior Spaces, in her contemporary
makeover of the lobby of their shared North End mid-rise, which in a
former life had housed the Sunshine Biscuit Company. They had also
been to Najnigier’s unit (“Point of View,” Design New England, Sep-
tember/October 2015), where, says Eric, “we were blown away. Jill had
taken a fixed space and optimized it, opening it up to create greater
access, better closets. She even created another bathroom and extra
storage. It was very European, like German engineering.” The couple
wanted that for their kitchen/dining area.
A major move in the Savages’ makeover was getting rid of the
clunky, dark dining table and the three pendant lights above it at one
end of the kitchen. This made it possible for Najnigier to turn what had
been a little used space (“The dining room table was a junk table,” says
Christine. “We didn’t sit at it, we didn’t eat at it.”) into a usable expan-
JN INTERIOR SPACES
by removing a never-used dining table from
one end of the space and installing floor-to-
ceiling Poggenpohl cabinetry, interior
designer Jill Najnigier blew open the
kitchen’s narrow galley configuration. For
family dining, she nestled a custom table
behind the peninsula counter.