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Off-Season Project: Coastal Kitchen Style Guide

Coastal Kitchen furnished by Nantucket Looms

There’s no denying that it’s bittersweet to be back in the routine of work and life and schedules. But, as sad as it is to say good-bye to the days of rosé, sunshine and sandy feet for some time, fall is a great time to harness that back-to-school energy and drive that is ingrained in us, and dig in to a great home project.  

So long as you are back to the grind, we’ll give you one more thing to think about: a kitchen renovation for your vacation home. This is precisely the time to plan and launch a kitchen project for your home away from home, and we’re plating up plenty of food for thought. The following designs represent styles by BDG’s top-tier pros, along with some highlights of each kitchen. We hope these ideas jumpstart a kitchen makeover of your own—in plenty of time for a Memorial Day reveal. 

Vaulted Ceiling Farmhouse kitchen

MacNelly Cohen Architects; Photography by Bob Gothard

TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Muntin-free picture windows  The vistas of Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, are invited in, without interruption or obstruction. 2) A warm mix of wood  Exaggerated window casings, honey-colored exposed beams and knotty softwood flooring unite for an appealing effect. 3) An inspired color palette  Creamy millwork and paint and a sparkling copper apron sink are offset by a dose of blue-gray tile on the backsplash, which draws in the cooler tones of the meadow, sea and sky. 

Coastal Kitchen on the Cape

LDa Architecture & Interiors

TAKE NOTE OF: 1) The custom-made island  Designed by LDa Architecture & Interiors, the centerpiece of the room has a waterfall edge, oak wood stained to look like walnut and subtle shiplap detailing. 2) Soft and soothing materials  Caesarstone countertops and Blue Glass Mosaic Tile by DiscoverTile create a chic and peaceful backdrop. 3) Lighting  A triptych of buoy pendants over the island gives the space a mariner’s vibe and adds interest.

Coastal Kitchen, Sophisticated Style

Cape Associates, Inc.

TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Refrigerator drawers  Easy-access, double refrigerator doors live to the left of the cooktop, increasing counter space and freeing up floor space. 2) The wood backsplash  Cape Associates’ millwork shop fashioned a stunning custom backsplash in stacked walnut and butternut. Antique pine floors were stained to echo the darkest hue of the pattern. 3) The flow  Via French doors, the kitchen spills right into the screened porch and garden beyond for seamless, alfresco living.

Coastal Kitchen, Transitional Style

Thomas J. O'Neill, Inc.

TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Glass-fronted cabinetry  The clear-faced cabinetry adds a little shine and light to the space, and spotlights the items within. 2) Range detailing  The flourishes of the hood over the stove impart a more formal flair, as does the intricate basket-weave backsplash. 3) Woven rush seating  Unexpected barstools make the overall look a touch more relaxed.   

Coastal Kitchen, Mix of Materials

TAKE NOTE OF: 1) The peninsula  Topped in honed white marble, this U-shaped counter divides the eat-in kitchen and dining room into the cooking and dining realms. 2) Copper doors  Salvaged from the Museum of the City of New York, these sliding copper doors were cleaned and polished by Rock Pond Kitchens and perfect for the 1836 home. 3) Mix-and-match chairs  The chairs surrounding the striking zinc table are intentionally mismatched, to “relax the room, and make it friendly and inviting,” says owner Paul Lazes.
Coastal Kitchen Chic
Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center; photography by Derek Vellmann
TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Classic seaside detailing  Soft water hues coexist with crisp white trim and shiplap, which extends off the living area, to adorn the walls, backsplash and decorative alcoves. 2) Maximum storage  Custom cabinetry for barware, serveware and other entertaining essentials abounds, including help-yourself beverage and snack drawers in the adjacent bar area. 3) Thoughtful circulation  The open-concept space is integrated with the living area and expansive deck, and has a mudroom access point that is great for unloading groceries.
Coastal Kitchen, French-Inspired

Sherman Associates LLC.

TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Throwback charm and modern amenities High ceilings and re-sawn heart pine rafters keep the small-scale kitchen from feeling cramped, while today’s appliances (like the beverage fridge in the island) offer modern-day conveniences. 2) Bespoke cabinetry  The craftsmanship of Crown Point Cabinetry is accentuated by Farrow & Ball’s mood-lifting “Cook’s Blue” paint. 3) A separate pantry  This out-of-the-way space stores the refrigerator, canned and dry goods, and has access to the backyard and outdoor shower.

Coastal Kitchen, Contemporary Classic
Ricciardi Marble & Granite; interior design by Donna ElleArchitecture by William Lee Architects and Associates; construction by Cataldo Custom Builders, Inc.; cabinetry by Faneuil Kitchen Cabinet; photography by Dan Cutrona and Greg Premru
TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Gleaming marble countertops Ricciardi Marble & Granite fabricated and installed Calacatta cremo countertops along the kitchen’s perimeter. 2) The driftwood-toned island  Designed by Donna Elle of Donna Elle Interiors and constructed by Faneuil Kitchen Cabinet, this cerused oak island with mitred edges evokes the dune. 3) Wood lanterns  Nantucket Lightshop’s white-washed lanterns are an updated take on traditional lantern lighting.​
Main image: Furnishings by Nantucket Looms Interior Design Studio; construction, tiling and hardware by Allan LaFrance

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