tative Dawn Carroll of Cumar, the Everett, Massachsuetts, stone company, and Bob Ernst, president of FBN Construction in Boston. For
architectural help, the homeowner turned to Faith Baum, whose firm,
Faith Baum Architects, is in Lexington.
“It was a marriage of historic architecture with her minimalist
aesthetic,” Baum says of the project.
The sleek new kitchen overlooks the garden through three floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the room with light and bring the outdoors
in. The room is a symphony of pale neutrals, with light-gray porcelain
floor tiles, pale-gray brushed aluminum cabinets, and magnificent white
calacatta marble atop the center island and on the wall behind the stove,
where it forms a backsplash that reaches to the ceiling.
Porto designed an off-center stainless steel exhaust hood and
grouped cabinets in threes to please the client, who likes odd numbers. An adjoining butler’s pantry is furnished with sand-colored lacquered cabinets, a freezer, sink, wine station, and a beautifully veined
white calacatta marble backsplash. Created by incorporating a never-used sun porch, the spacious pantry also opens to the dining room.
“She came to us saying she wanted the cleanest, most elegant,
rarest white marble we could find,” says Carroll. “It was an honor to
work on this.” Treated with a sealant before it left the stone yard,
the marble requires regular sealant applications to keep it pristine.
light-gray porcelain floor tiles, white marble countertops, minimalist walls
that have no baseboards or moulding, and stylish, comfortable seating give
this kitchen a clean and uncluttered look. The homeowner chose one dramatic
piece of art to enliven a wall and bring color into a monochromatic room.