A Dinner Party in a Newly Remodeled Kitchen

A dinner party in a newly remodeled kitchen is the perfect way to celebrate its completion. What began as a galley kitchen with a breakfast nook is now a spectacular cooking and dining space, brought to life by Ida McConnell, certified kitchen designer and owner of Cuvée Kitchen Designs, Inc.

The luminous redesign is rooted in McConnell’s philosophy of “creat[ing] a welcoming, enticing, pleasing, and functional environment. A space that creates a positive visceral reaction, one in which you want to linger and a place to enjoy while performing the tasks at hand. Where form not only follows function, they are one and the same.”

Two photos sit side by side of two different sinks in an expansive kitchen. On the left is a completely white painted cabinet adn sink while on the right are black cabinets and a teal striped backsplash.

Forming a Gathering Space

An inviting island seats five and is equipped with refrigeration drawers, keeping fruit and vegetables close at hand, making prep a breeze.

The room’s focal point is the incredible stove hood, custom-detailed by a local metalsmith and flanked by arched windows. The view to the backyard invites the outdoors in, and the rounded shapes create continuity with arched architectural details on the home’s front porch. Phillip Wentzel Custom Homes was the contractor for the project.

A white cabinet with a blue oven built into it with gold embellishments.

Another showstopper? The beverage center, featuring a glass-front, built-in True refrigerator, custom painted and detailed to blend into the cabinetry. Its open facade beckons guests to gather and select a tasty, chilled drink. A HydroTap by ZipWater dispenses filtered water, carbonated water, and hot water for easy drink making. The pop of striped wallpaper draws attention without disrupting the flow

The kitchen also features a custom coffee bar with a built-in pot filler. The barista station lives inside a tall cabinet with retractable doors that neatly hide the area when it is not in use.

A man and woman both in black chefs coats and aprons cook side by side at a stainless steel stove.

Rutt HandCrafted Custom Cabinetry, supplied by Cuvée Kitchen Designs, creates seamless transitions between the appliances and storage. For example, the refrigerator and freezer are paneled to appear “more like an armoire piece” says McConnell. Glass-front cabinets throughout are ideal for displaying beautiful dishes.

To craft a refreshing color palette, McConnell combined Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White and Hale Navy paints, Oxford Brown-stained walnut wood cabinetry finishes, and Primo Marble & Granite Quartzite and honed-white Tropicalia countertops.

Hidden Surprises

By expanding the kitchen’s footprint, McConnell was able to add a hidden, walk-in pantry, expertly concealed with French doors that complement the cabinets. A step inside reveals an extensive preparation area outfitted with an ice maker, plenty of counter space, shelving, a second dishwasher, and an abundance of storage. Additionally, McConnell designed a new, functional, walk-through butler’s pantry that is in harmony with the home’s age and details.

Extensive space planning and organizational elements rounded out the project, including dividers for utensils, a knife drawer, and an array of hidden organizational features. Prior to move-in, “We walked through every drawer, every cabinet so [that] everything just flowed beautifully,” she says.

A woman in a black chefs shirt stands at a counter with two white plates in front of her.

What better way to celebrate the finished product than a dinner party? Kimberley Haugh of Kimberley Ashlee Catering created a sumptuous dinner menu, complete with wine pairings selected by her husband, Josh Haugh. The multicourse menu was served on traditional dinnerware in colors that perfectly complement McConnell’s design. Cheers!

The Menu, Kimberly Haugh of Kimberley Ashlee Catering

Shrimp Toast with Chili Aioli

Butter Tarragon-Roasted Monkfish with Carrot Purée, Finished with Watercress

Sautéed Italian Greens & Radicchio with Pecorino

Individual Truffled Chicken Pot Pies

Apple Custard with Spiced Apples & Pecans

Small white plates of salads and parfaits sit on a white table accompanied by light gold silverware and other embellishments.

The Wine Pairings

Waterbrook Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Beautiful and crisp with notes of honeydew and apricot

Schug Pinot Noir 2020

Light and bright with notes of red cherries, raspberries, and spice

Appliances Sourced from Don’s Appliances

BlueStar 48” RNB Series Range with 12” Griddle

Best Built-In Hood PK22 Series

BlueStar 30” Electric Wall Oven with French Doors

True 30” Beverage Column with Stainless Glass Door

Cove Dishwasher DW2450

Sharp Microwave Drawer

U-Line 15” Nugget Ice Machine

XO Beverage Center Refrigerator

Fisher & Paykel Integrated Double DishDrawer Dishwasher

Sub-Zero 30” Designer Over-and-Under Refrigerator and Freezer with Ice Maker

Story by Nicole Barley / Photography by Dave Bryce

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