the dark walnut-and-granite island. On top of a custom-made cylindrical
painted wood pedestal, Wilson and Kelsey cleverly set ¾-inch-thick glass.
The challenge, says Kelsey, was fitting the glass without breaking it. “With
tempered glass, if it is scratched or there’s a pressure point, the risk is that
it will shatter,” he says. In addition, the homeowners and designers wanted
the glass top to be flush with the granite countertop. Kelsey designed a
joint with a mere ⅛-inch gap between the table and island top, and King
the custom island/dining table (above left) was designed by John
Kelsey. The table’s painted wood pedestal is finished with a mosaic
of Jerusalem stone and topped with glass. Sometimes a large hood
can overpower a kitchen, but this Miele hood (above right) is the
perfect contrast to the earthy tones of the room. The backsplash
from Discover Tile is Jerusalem stone, a design choice that reminds
the homeowners of their travels to Israel.