50 DESIGNNEWENGLAND.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016
Modern meets traditional and wins in a renovation focused on making the outdoors part of the big picture
“This is the biggest transformation I’ve ever done,” says Rosemary Porto. As senior designer at Poggenpohl Boston, the German cabinetry company located on Newbury Street, she has een a lot of kitchens — and their occupants
— through “big changes.” But the reinvention of this kitchen in Lexington, Massachusetts, while not the biggest in square footage, is stylistically so complete, it could only be the brainchild of a committed
homeowner with a vision.
Occupying the rear corner of a picturesque turn-of-the-20th-cen-
tury stucco house in a quiet neighborhood, the kitchen matched the
house’s traditional exterior with dark, heavy ceiling beams. Equally
dark wood cabinets and door and window casings added to the weighty
sensibility. Just as problematic, the layout firmly separated the kitchen
from the deep, leafy backyard, where the homeowner loves to garden.
For three years, the owner developed her vision for a light, modern kitchen. A passionate cook, she wanted sleek cabinets, a higher
ceiling, minimalist fixtures, superb appliances, and plentiful storage
for a contemporary, clean aesthetic. She especially wanted the garden to become an integral part of the kitchen design, making it easily
accessed and an important visual element at all times of year.
“It took me most of those three years to convince my husband that
it was a good idea,” she says. “Then I set out to find modern kitchen
Friends steered her toward Poggenpohl, where she met Porto, who
says of her client, “She was very clear about what she wanted, quite
specific about the overall look.”
She connected the homeowner with designer and sales represen-
written by regina cole • photographed by greg premru
once dark and heavy, the
transformed kitchen is bright and
airy, with sleek cabinets and a wall
of floor-to-ceiling windows that
visually bring the garden inside.