is taking to a higher level as she nears completion of a master’s degree in culinary
arts. A 7-foot-square island, crowned by industrial light fixtures that dangle from
a tin-accented coffered ceiling, gives the kitchen magnetic powers of attraction.
“They have incredible parties, 150-people-in-the-kitchen kind of parties,”
says Hughes. For dinner parties, a butler’s pantry, where counters are lined with
gleaming copper, was tucked into a corridor between kitchen and dining room,
adding dazzle to a narrow, utilitarian space.
Throughout the house, designer Hughes infused the rooms with unusual textures and materials: buffalo-horn-top cocktail tables in the living room; a white
leather chaise in the parlor; a 12-foot-long shagreen-topped table in the dining
room; grass-cloth wallcovering in the master bedroom. “They wanted casual, functional, elegant, but not over the top,” says Hughes, who designed numerous pieces,
including the tuxedo-back velvet sofa in the foyer and the window seats in the master bedroom. A unifying soft-white trim color is used consistently throughout the
house with a palette of muted grays, creams, light blues, and light greens. “It’s a
beautiful park-like piece of property, and we wanted to bring the colors from outside in,” says Hughes.
Greens and creams give the second-floor master bedroom, its sense of seren-
the dual-height kitchen island (above) is finished with Carrara marble. Black granite
countertops contrast with the white base and wall cabinets and the wood-paneled hood
above the Wolf range. The pressed-tin ceiling panels add a vintage touch to the state-of-the-art space. In the family room (left), designer Hughes arranges items in the distressed
birch hutch, which reaches floor-to-ceiling.