Hand-glazed asphalt and bistro-style barstools accord this McLean amplitude a airy feel. Photographs by Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Two kitchens, both created for adolescent families, appearance the versatility of this archetypal combination
In the aboriginal kitchen—a amplitude in McLean advised by Pamela Harvey—a denim-blue island and hand-glazed asphalt backsplash set the date for a added aloft composition. The Serena & Lily barstools, for instance, are fabricated of alloyed rattan and plastic. They’re so abiding they can be bashed bottomward if the kids accomplish a mess. Another aspect abacus to the casual-cool aesthetic: ablaze accessories in chaste oil-rubbed bronze.
Though she has consistently admired the finish—and was absolutely appealing sad back it went out of appearance for a time—Harvey says she “didn’t amplify the brass” in this project, deploying it alone in the faucet and the chiffonier hardware. Bond metals, she advises, is “very agnate to bond avant-garde pieces and antiques—there’s a bit of an art to it.” But as continued as you don’t go abdicate with either, she promises that glassy assumption and oil-rubbed brownish are a about fail-proof pairing.
In the additional kitchen—a activity in Potomac advised by Annie Elliott—bright aristocratic dejected and adventurous hits of assumption appearance that alike family-friendly spaces can angular opulent. Elliott and her applicant had already brought in affluence of ball with the Ilve range, analogous hood, billowing assumption lanterns from Circa, and assumption hardware. But the artist was bent that the kitchen bare one added showstopper. “I was actual bent that we not aloof do a white marble backsplash or white alms tile,” she says. “That’s pretty, but it’s in no way special.”
After months of searching, she begin the absolute advantage in a bright circuitous from Waterworks, fabricated of blue, chartreuse, and white marble. With three accouchement in the house, the backsplash was an ideal atom for accustomed stone. The ten-foot island, on the added hand, has an all-but-indestructible engineered countertop.
The plan for this galley kitchen in a Georgetown rowhouse started with the clear adhesive attic asphalt and the atramentous range—both of which the homeowner had called afore agreeable Aidan Design’s Nadia Subaran and Kelly Emerson to handle the rest. Activity aphotic and angry in such a close attic plan ability assume counterintuitive, but the designers relied on some acute tricks to anticipate the amplitude from activity like it was closing in.
They did abroad with high cabinetry, installing accessible shelving adjoin a ablaze marble backsplash instead. The solution, they admit, won’t assignment for everyone. “This isn’t activity to be a fit, necessarily, for a adolescent family,” says Subaran. But for the “meticulous” distinct woman they were designing for, it was aloof fine. They additionally automated several strange, angular bulkheads in the aboriginal beam and gave purpose to the actual one over the countertop by putting in the library arm lights.
The assumption elements, meanwhile, accumulate the black-and-white palette from axis cold. Says Subaran: “The hardware’s like jewelry.”
On aboriginal glance, this kitchen in American University Park appears calmly avant-garde and simple. But attending afterpiece and you’ll apprehension attenuate complexities: high chiffonier doors that are framed, lowers that are not; painted-wood knobs on the island, assumption pulls on the perimeter; the way that alone the marble on the island turns down. “I don’t adulation matching,” explains homeowner Catherine Fowlkes. Her husband, V.W. Fowlkes, echoes: “It’s controlled eclecticism.”
Both architects—they captain the close Fowlkes Studio—they say renovating their own abode was refreshingly low-pressure. Plus, it accustomed them to try things their audience aren’t accommodating to. “We advance it all the time, but this is the aboriginal olive-green kitchen we’ve done,” says Catherine, apropos to the lower cabinets, corrective “Garden Gate” by Sherwin Williams. The assumption hardware—Anthropologie’s “Streamline”—has a afflicted finish. A best agent and an old aliment lath confined as a backsplash for the ambit add to the space’s busy vibe. As V.W. puts it: “Catherine is, like, allergic to fussiness.”
At first, Nadia Subaran and Kelly Emerson advised to use assumption in alone the butler’s abdomen of this Chevy Chase kitchen. “We adulation butler’s pantries as an befalling to do article a little bit glamorous,” says Subaran. To the designers’ delight, their empty-nester audience admired the abstraction so abundant that they asked for it in the blow of the space, too.
Paired with the pale-gray cabinetry and linen-hued countertop and backsplash, the accomplishment reads archetypal and feminine. Subaran hopes the buttery palette ability affect added homeowners to try article added than white: “People are absolutely absent kitchens to feel like active spaces. White cabinetry and moldings aloof feel so sterile. This feels soft.”
Though audience sometimes anguish that stainless-steel accessories will affray with brass, Subaran says the finishes assignment able-bodied together. (The designers ashore with a stainless fridge and bifold ovens in this space.) “It’s added important to alike accouterments and lighting,” she says. “The stainless about becomes a non-element.”
Thinking of renovating? These designers, cabinetmakers, countertop fabricators, asphalt shops, and added assets can get you started.
Abernethy Sticks. Makes custom moldings, cabinets, and architectural millwork. 3837 Plyers Mill Rd., Kensington; 301-942-2667; asticks.com.
Absolute Kitchens. Designs both acceptable and avant-garde kitchens. 161 Fort Evans Rd., NE, Suite 120, Leesburg; 703-771-3300; absolute-kitchens.com.
Aidan Design. Nadia Subaran and her aggregation actualize stylish, on-trend kitchens while prioritizing functionality. 8935 Brookville Rd., Silver Spring; 301-320-8735; aidandesign.com.
Alexandria Kitchen & Ablution Studio. Designers and craftspeople beneath one roof; additionally sup-plies appliances, cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures. 1502 King St., Alexandria; 703-549-1415; akbs-oldtown.com.
Anthony Wilder Design/Build. A full-service architecture, building, and interior-design firm. 7913 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John; 301-907-0100; anthonywilder.com.
Boffi. A antecedent for minimalist-modern European cabinetry and appliances. 3320 M St., NW; 202-337-7700; boffigeorgetown.com.
Bowa. A design/build close specializing in kitchens, additions, and whole-house and address renovations. 7900 Westpark Dr., Suite A180, McLean; 703-734-9050; bowa.com.
Bulthaup. The German aggregation designs and articles glassy affluence kitchens. 3324 Cady’s Alley, NW; 202-338-2220; washington.bulthaup.com.
Cameo Kitchens. Employs its own installers and carries Honey Brook custom cabinets in a ambit of dupe and finishes. 7297 Lee Hwy., Suite M, Falls Church; 703-532-4545; cameokitchensonline.com.
Case Architects & Remodelers. A ample design/build close specializing in kitchen, bath, and whole-house remodeling. 1327 14th St., NW, Suite 200, 202-919-6409; 4701 Sangamore Rd., North Plaza, Suite 40, Bethesda, 301-859-3310; 101 W. Broad St., Suite 110, Falls Church, 703-910-2817; 119 N. Washington St., Alexandria, 703-537-5937; casedesign.com.
Chesapeake Kitchen Design. Full-service de-sign and remodeling, additional cabinets by Elmwood Kitchens, Hagerstown Kitchens, Marketplace, and Bertch. 8001 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 102; 301-652-7880; chesakitdes.com.
Davida’s Kitchen & Tiles. Davida Rodriguez has been designing kitchens for 30-plus years. Her close carries six custom cabinetry curve additional asphalt and countertops. 435 E. Diamond Ave., Suites A&B, Gaithersburg; 240-361-9331; davidaskitchenandtiles.com.
Design Solutions. Contemporary and acceptable kitchens, with cabinetry by Signature, Woodland, and Waypoint Active Spaces. 420 Chinquapin Round Rd., Suite 1-C, Annapolis; 410-757-6100; dsikitchens.com.
FBT Asphalt & Marble. Kitchen and ablution re-modeling, application FBT’s own agents of full-time craftspeople. 17885 Fraley Blvd., Dumfries; 703-580-6618; fbttileandmarble.com.
Four Brothers Architectonics & Build. Specializes in kitchen and ablution remodels and whole-house renovations. 4009 Georgia Ave., NW; 202-423-8703; fourbrotherscarpentry.com.
Globe Ablution & Kitchen Remodeling. A full-service remodeler that carries cabinetry by Wolf and International Kitchen Supply. 2773 Hartland Rd., Suite A, Falls Church; 800-514-0853; gbkremodeling.com.
GTM Architects. An award-winning close that remodels absolute houses and designs new custom homes. 7735 Old Georgetown Rd., Suite 700, Bethesda; 240-333-2000; gtmarchitects.com.
Ikea. For fixtures, appliances, cabinets, and countertops on a budget. Offers planning and installing services, too. 2901 Potomac Mills Cir., Woodbridge; 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park; 888-888-4532; ikea-usa.com.
Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens. Designs large- and small-scale projects and provides custom cabinetry. 12223 Nebel St., Rockville; 301-363-4064; jackrosen.com.
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath. Gilmer and her aggregation are accepted for custom, high-style remodels. 6935 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-657-2500; 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Suite 175, Ashburn, 703-348-8406; gilmerkitchens.com.
KBR Kitchen & Bath. Can handle absolute projects in-house, including bartering cabinets, hardware, countertops, tile, and flooring. 7008 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-368-8396; 11055 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, 703-423-0398; kbrkitchenandbath.com.
Kitchen & Ablution Factory. Deals with projects of assorted sizes and budgets, application custom cabinetry by K&H Cabinets. 4624 Lee Hwy., Arlington; 703-522-7337; kitchenandbathfactory.com.
Kitchen and Ablution Studios. Designs kitchens in all styles and sells several chiffonier curve including eco-friendly options. 7001 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-657-1636; kitchenbathstudios.com.
Konst SieMatic. Designs and installs avant-garde European kitchens; the area’s absolute antecedent for German-made SieMatic cabinetry. 7550 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 130, Bethesda; 301-657-3800; konstsiematic.com.
Landis Architects/Builders. A design/build close specializing in kitchen, bath, and whole-house renovations. 7059 Blair Rd., NW, Suite 300; 202-726-3777; landisconstruction.com.
Lobkovich Kitchen Designs. Cofounded by artist J. Paul Lobkovich, the close designs high-end kitchens in the Washington breadth and about the country. 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Suite 150, Vienna; 703-847-0601; lobkovich.com.
The Master’s Woodshop. Does custom cabinetry and millwork; additionally a banker of Wood-Mode cabinets. 743 Bowman Ave., Hagerstown; 301-797-1100; themasterswoodshop.com.
Mersoa Woodwork and Design. Custom millwork and cabinetry for avant-garde homes. 18775 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg; 240-994-9192; mersoa.com.
Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes.Handles every appearance of kitchen remodeling, from architectonics to construction. 8630 Lee Hwy., Suite A, Fairfax; 703-991-2945; michaelnashkitchens.com.
NVS Kitchen & Bath. Takes projects in Northern Virginia alone and has one of the better showrooms in the area. 8982 Hornbaker Rd., Manassas; 703-378-2600; nvskitchenbath.com.
Poggenpohl Georgetown. The German close handles architectonics and installation, with a advanced alternative of avant-garde cabinets. 3327 M St., NW; 202-342-9111; washingtondc.poggenpohl.com.
Reico Kitchen & Bath. One of the country’s better kitchen-and-bath distributors, it deals in cabinets, countertops, appliances, and accessories from a cardinal of makers. Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations; reico.com.
Select Kitchen & Bath. Offers complete architectonics and adjustment in Northern Virginia and DC. 5515 Cherokee Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria; 703-866-4224; selectkitchenandbath.com.
Southern Kitchens. Designs kitchens with custom cabinets from brands such as Elmwood and Mouser. 2350 Duke St., Suite A, Alexandria; 703-548-4459; southernkitchens.net.
Stuart Kitchens. Full kitchen architectonics and installation, with chiffonier curve in a arrangement of styles. Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations; stuartkitchens.com.
Wentworth. Handles the architecture, autogenous design, and architectonics of adjustment projects. 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 310, Chevy Chase; 240-383-1226; wentworthstudio.com.
Winn Architectonics & Build. A full-service close specializing in whole-house renovations as able-bodied as kitchen and ablution remodeling. 100 W. Jefferson St., Falls Church; 703-876-9696; winndesign.com.
ABW Appliances. Sells curve such as Miele, Gaggenau, and Viking. Arlington, 703-879-7966; Ashburn, 703-726-8805; Silver Spring, 301-787-4708; North Bethesda, 301-770-8579; Kensington, 240-839-5110 (outlet); abwappliances.com.
AJ Madison. This new showroom from the Brooklyn-based banker appearance brands such as Bluestar, Bosch, Thermador, and Viking. 8500 Leesburg Pike, Tysons; 202-892-5000; ajmadison.com.
Appliance Connection. A 20,000-square-foot exhibit sells accessories by GE, Bosch, Wolf, Sub-Zero, and more. 13851 Telegraph Rd., Suite 101, Woodbridge; 703-492-7283; applianceconnection.net.
Appliance Distributors Unlimited. Sells accepted brands including Kitchen-Aid, Whirlpool, and GE. Takoma Park, 301-608-2600; Gaithersburg, 240-650-6000; Annapolis, 410-267-7110; Chantilly, 703-263-2300; adu.com.
Appliance Land. The abatement abundance sells GE, Electrolux, Maytag, and Viking, amid others. 10801 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, 301-595-7360; 866 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-762-5544; 2045 West St., Annapolis, 410-897-1000; applianceland.com.
Bray & Scarff. Sells appliances, cabinetry, and countertops; additionally offers adjustment services. Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations, including a Laurel aperture center; brayandscarff.com.
Dad’s Abatement Appliance Distributors. Carries dozens of brands, including Wolf, Miele, and Viking. 6636 Virginia Manor Rd., Beltsville; 301-937-0222; dadsappliance.com.
Ferguson. This alternation can advice with appliances, plumbing, and lighting. Brands accommodate American Standard, Kohler, and Moen. Multiple breadth locations; ferguson.com.
M&M Appliance. Carries dozens of brands and is a factory-authorized servicer of abounding of them. 6201 Blair Rd., NW, 202-882-7100; 817 S. Washington St., Alexandria, 703-299-0092; mandmappliance.com.
Miele. This “experience center” offers abreast accessories additional chargeless classes and demonstrations to apprentice how to use them. 8065 Leesburg Pike, Suite 110, Vienna; 800-843-7231 ext. 7719; mieleusa.com.
Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom. You can try accessories by all three brands and appear demonstrations. By appointment. 9204 Berger Rd., Suite H, Columbia; 443-276-2490; subzero-wolf.com.
Ann Sacks. Designer asphalt that includes clear patterns, affecting mosaics, and added statement-making options. 1629 14th St., NW; 202-299-0014; annsacks.com.
Architectural Ceramics. An arrangement of ceramic, glass, porcelain, cement, and natural-stone tiles from dozens of vendors. Rockville, 301-251-3555; Bethesda, 301-718-8343; Alexandria, 703-299-6200; Vienna, 703-714-0161; architecturalceramics.com.
Atlas Bean Fabricators. Designs, fabricates, and installs both natural-stone and quartz countertops. 8274 Lokus Rd., Suite 109, Odenton; 410-672-4111; atlasstonefabricators.com.
Best Tile. One of the better selections of asphalt on the East Coast. Rockville, 301-984-3399; Columbia, 410-381-1169; Falls Church, 703-550-2352; Lorton, 703-550-2352; besttile.com.
Classic Attic Designs. Hardwood, stone, cork, and added choices. 2120 L St., NW; 202-872-9860; classicfloordesigns.info.
Classic Granite & Marble. Imports, fabricates, and installs both engineered and accustomed countertops. 8246 Sandy Ct., Suite A-B, Jessup; 866-776-8220; classicgranitemarble.com.
Cochran’s Lumber. Makes reclaimed- and new-wood floors and does custom work. 523 Jack Enders Blvd., Berryville, Va.; 540-955-4142; cochranslumber.com.
Color Flooring. Hundreds of hardwood, vinyl, cork, and bowl options. 5739 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria; 703-960-0220; colorflooring.com.
Daltile. Marble, concrete, ceramic, mosaics, and added options; a barter able is appropriate to buy products. 6760 Gravel Ave., Alexandria, 703-971-8485; 9220 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg, 301-948-2496; daltile.com.
Design Tile. Interior designers adviser barter through a advanced alternative of porcelain, metal, stone, and glass. 8455 Tyco Rd., Suite B, Vienna; 703-734-8211; design-tile.com.
East West Marble Company. A ample benefactor of accustomed stone, including granite, soapstone, and marble. 3920 Stonecroft Blvd., Suite I, Chantilly, 703-376-8585; 9220 Edgeworth Dr., Capitol Heights, 301-456-7072; ewmarble.com.
Fairfax Marble & Granite. Stocks bags of bean slabs in added than 200 colors. 2720 Dorr Ave., Fairfax, 703-204-2222; 4080 Walney Rd., Suite F, Chantilly, 703-378-1080; 44810 Old Ox Rd., Sterling, 703-910-3550; fairfaxmarble.com.
Fernando’s Marble Shop. Fabricates and installs countertops fabricated from granite, limestone, marble, slate, soapstone, and quartz. 15910 Indianola Dr., Rockville; 301-670-2794; fernandosmarbleshop.com.
5th Avenue Floors. Sells, refinishes, restores, and installs balk floors. 519 Culler Ave., Frederick; 240-367-7440; 5thavenuefloors.com.
The Attic Gallery. Luxury vinyl tile, linoleum, cork, wood, and added options. 12108 Wilkins Ave., Rockville; 301-770-3366; thefloorgallery.com.
Gramaco Bean Solutions. Stocks and fabricates granite, marble, porcelain, and quartz countertops. 8730 Greenwood Pl., Suite C, Savage; 240-456-0030; gramaco.com.
In Home Stone. Restores absolute stone, additional sells marble, granite, quartz, and tile. 1800 Virginia St., Annapolis, 410-626-2025 (specializes in marble and granite); 100 Edgewood St., Annapolis, 410-626-2725 (specializes in tile); inhomestone.com.
Marble Systems. Natural bean for counters, floors, and backsplashes, additional asphalt in terrazzo, porcelain, cement, and more. 6931 Arlington Rd., Suite C2, Bethesda, 301-913-9113 (tile only); 2737 Dorr Ave., Fairfax, 703-204-1818; 25383 Pleasant Valley Rd., Chantilly, 703-337-1500 (outlet center); marblesystems.com.
Marblex. Fabricates and installs natural-stone and quartz slabs; additionally stocks a big asphalt selection. 2926 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax; 703-698-5595; marblexinc.com.
Marmara Corporation Marble & Granite. Fabricates and installs granite, marble, limestone, onyx, and travertine. 1125 Okie St., NE; 202-635-4292; marmarausa.com.
Marva. Marble, limestone, onyx, granite, travertine, soapstone, and engineered surfaces. 12225 Distribution Way, Beltsville; 301-321-8351; marvamarble.com.
Mosaic. Design consultants can advice you cross a advanced alternative of stone, metal, ceramic, and ceramics tile, in accession to accouterments and lighting. North Bethesda, 301-881-2520; Fairfax, 703-280-4300; Alexandria, 703-310-6852; Chantilly, 703-631-4848; mosaictileco.com.
Norwood Marble & Granite Inc. Stocks added than 2,500 slabs of quartz, marble, granite, onyx, travertine, limestone, and soapstone. 3400 Windom Rd., Brentwood; 301-887-1014; norwoodstone.com.
Porcelanosa. Ceramic, natural-stone, and circuitous tile, additional attic options. 1000 Connecticut Ave., NW, 202-204-1655; 11500 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 240-290-1120; 701 Dover Rd., Suite B, Rockville, 301-294-8193; porcelanosa-usa.com.
Push Pull Decorative Hardware. Cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, hinges, and added finishing touches. 12156 Nebel St., North Bethesda; 240-669-4130; pushpullhardware.com.
R. Bratti Associates. Specializes in natural- and engineered-stone countertops and custom work. 401 E. Glebe Rd., Alexandria; 703-549-1135; rbratti.com.
Renaissance Asphalt & Bath. A civic alternation accustomed asphalt in a arrangement of abstracts as able-bodied as faucetry. 816 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-549-7806; renaissancetileandbath.com.
Somerville Ablution and Kitchen Store. Plumbing accessories by brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Grohe. 6535 Arling-ton Blvd., Falls Church, 703-584-1500; 8530 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-215-6310; 2349 Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis, 410-266-1122; thesomervillebathandkitchenstore.com.
Stone & Asphalt World. Sells accustomed bean and quartz. 12260 Wilkins Ave., Rockville; 301-231-7777; stoneandtileworld.com.
Stone Source. The exhibit has added than 100 accustomed stones in accession to porcelain, ceramic, and bottle tile. 1129 20th St., NW, Suite 501; 202-265-5900; stonesource.com.
The Asphalt Shop. A civic alternation accustomed both budget-friendly styles and artist options. Multiple breadth locations, including a exhibit in Tenleytown; tileshop.com.
United Granite Countertops. Sells and fabricates natural- and engineered-stone countertops additional faucets and sinks. 4501 Mitchellville Rd., Suite A, Bowie, 410-721-9444; 6315 Howard Ln., Elkridge, 410-540-9333; unitedgranitemd.com.
United States Marble & Granite. Specializes in custom granite, marble, and asphalt work. 10501 Tucker St., Beltsville; 301-595-7400; unitedstatesmarbleandgranite.com.
Universal Floors. Installs, repairs, and re-stores balk and maintains a stock-pile of salvaged aged floors to use in new projects. 4625 41st St., NW; 202-537-8900; universalfloors.com.
Vintage Abode Parts & Radiators. Vintage sinks and added salvaged appurtenances including accouterments and radiators. 4809 Lydell Rd., Cheverly; 240-764-7270; vintagehousepart.com.
Washington Marble & Granite Co.Stone countertops and a alternative of banal and custom cabinets. 10088 Tyler Ct., Ijamsville, Md.; 301-831-1323; washingtonmarble.com.
Waterworks. The flush alternation specializes in luxe faucets, hardware, sinks, and tile. 3314 M St., NW; 202-333-7180; waterworks.com.
W.T. Weaver & Sons. Dozens of brands of hardware, faucets, sinks, and added accents. 1208 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Additional Floor; 202-333-4200; weaverhardware.com.
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Marisa M. Kashino abutting Washingtonian in 2009 as a agents writer, and became a chief editor in 2014. She oversees the magazine’s absolute acreage and home architectonics coverage, and writes long-form affection stories. She was a 2020 Livingston Award finalist for her two-part analysis into a accessible blameworthy confidence stemming from a annihilation in rural Virginia. Kashino lives in Northeast DC.
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