A Kitchen and Bath Showcase

Five homeowners and their designers create kitchens and baths that are elegant, supremely functional and fun.



With a subtle touch, interior designer Teresa Perry, of Teresa Perry Design in Silver Lake, combines soft blues, gray-brown marble counters and natural wood with elegant, creamy white cabinetry. The result is warm and welcoming.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN W. HESSION

A well-designed kitchen can energize your lifestyle, from how you sip your morning coffee to hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner. Whether using mid-century modern, Shaker elements, or anything in between they must work together seamlessly.

Innovative bath design brings style and impact that’s a tonic for you, your family and your guests. As always, details make the difference—for a powder room, a master bath or a kids’ bathroom.

All of these homeowners worked collaboratively with designers and builders to bring their dreams to life. Enjoy their good work and get inspired!


Designer’s Choice

PHOTO BY JOHN W. HESSION

It’s all in the details. The farmer’s sink juts out
with a graceful footprint, giving this new kitchen an
old-fashioned feel.

Interior designer Teresa Perry, of Teresa Perry Design in Silver Lake, loves 1920s-era homebuilding, and her kitchen reflects that timeless, classically proportioned look. But, her kitchen has topnotch, modern functionality. “For me the kitchen is the central hub. It sets the tone for the rest of house,” Teresa says. In fact, she designed her house on Silver Lake around her kitchen.

Although Teresa regularly designs and furnishes whole homes, she is also an accomplished and meticulous custom cabinetry designer. For two decades, Teresa has designed interiors and kitchens throughout New England, encompassing a diverse range of residential projects from urban apartments and penthouses, to luxury vacation homes. “I also love designing understated modern glass-and-steel kitchens,” Teresa says.

Her design confidence is apparent in myriad choices, big and small. Her color sense is very subtle. Here, she contrasts Palladian blue walls with gray-blue subway tile to set off a central soft-blue tile design. Teresa designed the hood over her stove to fit an eight-foot ceiling. “You have to really understand the mathematical principle of the golden mean to get the right scale and proportion,” she says. The builder was Teresa’s brother, Jeff Perry of Perry Builders, LLC in Conway. “Teresa’s designs are carefully thought out,” Jeff says, “and they always come out well.”

When Teresa bought her appliances, she went right to the Clarke Showroom in Milford, Massachusetts, to buy a Wolf fortyeight- inch gas range, a model she’d had her eye on for a decade. She also purchased a small, steam wall oven. “It makes the best roast chicken,” she says. “I bumped out the steam-oven cabinetry from the refrigerator for the architectural feature,” Teresa says. “The countertops are also deeper than the usual twenty-four inches.”

The farmer’s sink juts out slightly as well and has a graceful footprint. The countertop is Perlato marble, and the island’s counter is made of black walnut. The kitchen stools were purchased from Country Cottage Furniture in New Hampton, and Teresa finished them herself with Special Walnut stain purchased from The Other Store in Tamworth.

Teresa has also worked in a small stepstool just where she needs it (check the toe kick). Pullout cutting boards flank each side of the stove, which allows two cooks quick access for prepping. The range surround has convenient shelves for utensils and spices, all neatly out of sight. These thoughtful user-friendly touches make this kitchen a joy to use.

The judges for New Hampshire Home’s 2016 Design Awards selected this kitchen for an honorable mention for Excellence in Kitchen Design.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN W. HESSION
A drawer with angled spice racks is right by the stove; vegetable bins are adjacent to prep sink; and a foldout step stool is located precisely where it’s needed.

A "New" Kitchen Makes History

photography by john w. hession

There’s plenty of room for everyone in Nancy and Mike Sampo’s renovated vintage kitchen. Here, the whole family prepares breakfast, each in his or her own way. Sue Booth of Vintage Kitchens in Concord placed an antique soapstone sink on a striking tiger maple cabinet that matches the island countertop.

Nancy and Mike Sampo had the good fortune in 1990 to purchase the Cyrus Colby Farm, which was built in 1826. The house was truly a diamond in the rough with all the original features still intact. The Sampos enlisted the help of Sue Booth, owner of Vintage Kitchens in Concord, to design a kitchen plan, and Scott Dias, of Scott Dias Custom Building Inc. in Henniker, to complete the project.

“Although we hired Sue to design the kitchen, her love and passion for historical homes went well beyond the kitchen design and eventually involved bathroom design, historical colors and floor coverings,” Mike says.

The location for the new kitchen was the house’s original summer kitchen. The old wood floor was removed, and the team held their first meeting, standing in the dirt, debating where to put the refrigerator. Nancy and Booth wondered about tucking it under the stairway leading up to the second-floor master suite. This idea proved pivotal to the kitchen’s design. “With that one little shift,” Booth says, “the whole picture changed. The puzzle came together. When you collaborate, ideas like that happen and the whole kitchen is better for it.”

The refurbished antique cookstove took center stage along with the antique soapstone sink set on a striking tiger maple cabinet that matches the island countertop. Because the two ovens in the antique stove were small, the Sampos felt they needed a modern oven to accommodate cooking for friends and family. To hide the modern appliances, a drawer-style microwave oven was fit into the island and a larger oven set in a hutch-style cupboard. The refrigerator and freezer drawers were retrofit with period materials to keep the look seamless. “The Sampos recycled and repurposed a variety of materials,” Booth says. “So the kitchen maintained many of the home’s original 1826 features, but functionally, it’s modern.”

Dias completed the renovation of the house and implemented the kitchen design. “When you work on an old house, nothing is level or square,” Dias says. “It’s a fun challenge. You have to think outside the box.” In 2015, Nancy and Mike hosted an open house for the Colby family clan reunion. The Colbys were so appreciative of the farm’s restoration that they made the Sampos honorary family members. 

                           
Most of the time, the big oven
for holiday baking and roasting is concealed in the hutch.
Can you find the fridge? It’s behind the door under the stairs. Freezer  drawers
are there as well. The antique cookstove sits at the other end of the kitchen.
photography by john w. hession

A Modern Take on a Shaker Kitchen

photography courtesy of crown point cabinetry

This handsome kitchen sports contrasting dark blue cabinets below and creamy white cabinets above. Rich wood tones bring it all together.

Personal service can be achieved via email, even when it comes to high-end kitchen cabinetry. At Crown Point Cabinetry in Claremont, senior designer Debra Foster has worked with clients as far away as California, Hawaii and the Caribbean. “If the project site is within a four-state radius, I’ll go out and measure,” Foster says. “Often, we’ll just work with the builder. For this project in Sugar Hill, I worked with Presby Construction and communicated with the homeowner solely by email.”

The kitchen has a simple Shaker look. The base cabinets are painted in a very dark blue and the upper cabinets are cream. These contrasts benefit greatly from the abundance of natural light. “The homeowners wanted cabinets with flush sides for a clean look,” Foster says. “They also chose flat-top drawers along with

PHOTO COURTESY OF CROWN POINT CABINETRY
The soapstone counter adds a soft, organic gray tone that complements the stainless-steel appliances.

Barnstead Door cabinets. Once those decisions were made, the rules for implementation are very strict.”

Cabinetry features include built-in wine cubbies, cutlery dividers, large peg-board drawers for bowls and plates, and a drawer with angled spice racks. Satin nickel hardware complements the stainless-steel appliances. An open pantry with stylish shelf brackets has plenty of storage space.

Thaddeus Presby, president and co-owner of Presby Construction, Inc. in Franconia, worked with the homeowner and Crown Point Cabinetry. “When we get plans, as a matter of course, we take a critical look at them,” Presby says. “It’s what we call ‘value-engineering.’ My experience with Crown Point has always been good.”

Natural wood trim on the windows provides a warm contrast to the subway tile and white cabinets, as do the natural wood floors. Soapstone is used for both the counter and farmer’s sink. A five-inch shelf lines the counter’s backsplash. This is both handy and restful to the eye. Usually, soapstone is a fairly uniform color, but here jagged white veining on the front of the sink makes an unexpected and lovely statement. “We chose a classic Shaker design for its simplicity and timeless design,” the homeowner says. “Our kitchen is the gathering place in our home, so we wanted to create a space that was open and easy for entertaining as well as everyday life.”

The judges for New Hampshire Home’s 2016 Design Awards selected this kitchen as the winner of Excellence in Kitchen Design.

  
This small pantry is fun and functional with its stylish gray brackets and varied containers.
Barnstead cabinetry demands precision that creates overall order. Even the wine cubby falls into step.
photos courtesy of crown point cabinetry

A Palette for Light

photography by john w. hession

The stage is set in the kitchen to view the sea.

This seaside kitchen, a tonal tapestry of gray and cream, reflects the brilliant play of light just outside. Quartzite counters mirror the dazzling blue of sea and sky. Crystal knobs on the cabinetry throw colored prisms of light. Each wall has quiet texture, from the stone on the walls, to the crown and dentil molding, to finely crafted cabinets with apothecary drawers. Covered beams and a deeply recessed, three-inch bead-board ceiling add contrasting depth and shadows.

“When the homeowner came into my showroom,” says Linda Cloutier, kitchen and bath designer at Linda Cloutier Kitchens & Baths, LLC in Greenland, “she saw a display of glass doors that went well with the windows of her home. For the cabinetry, she wanted that creamy color on top and the gray below. From the very beginning, she really had a vision.”

Cloutier has designed kitchens and baths for more than thirty years. When she has a client who knows what she wants, Cloutier knows how to make it happen. “It was great to collaborate with Linda Cloutier on this project,” says Craig Briggs, owner of CB Builders, Inc. in York, Maine. “To construct and fit these complex pieces together demanded lots of communication and constant attention to detail. We also have with a great installer, Marty Bouchie.” Cloutier notes that “overall the craftsmanship was very exacting. The cabinets are slightly distressed and rubbed down to be worn at the edges. They really are a labor of love.”

The center island’s counter has a double-thickness, creating a beautiful edge profile. Designed as part of the island are an oven and a microwave drawer with a warming drawer below. For the homeowner, one of the most important features in the kitchen is the stone fireplace. At table height, it provides warmth and a focal point in contrast to oceanside windows.

A sleek bar showcases a backsplash of wonderfully striated marble. The bar also houses an icemaker and wine cooler. The pantry is just around the corner. “The homeowner found those fabulous chandeliers online,” Cloutier says. “When you take on a project of this scope, you and the client talk almost every day and create together.”

                                                                                                                     
Conversation flows at this round dining table with  its inspiring view.     
     
A generous kitchen island and comfortable seating make forsociable gatherings that includes everyone, especially the cook. 
Chandeliers add sparkle.
Beautifully framed window focus attention.     Elegant materials provide
 simple functionality. 

Refreshed Bathrooms

photo by john w. hession

The high orange ceiling with white molding unifies this
powder room.

In the same seaside home as the kitchen on the previous two pages, Linda Cloutier, of Linda Cloutier Kitchens & Baths, LLC in Greenland, renovated two bathrooms.

The first-floor master bath provides spa-quality amenities. Graceful curves throughout give this room an extra flourish. Paired, hammered pewter sinks and crystal knobs on the cabinetry lend a bit of sparkle, as do multiple mirrors.

Mirrored cabinet doors, a curved front dresser and a small cabinet in front of the tub supply ample storage. A decorative window trellis adds privacy. These windows can be opened to catch the sea breeze. Adjacent to the tub is an almost invisible glassed-in shower. The design themes found in the kitchen, notably stone on the walls and floors, give this home a strong sense of foundation on the rocky coast.

The powder room

Wallpaper sets the tone for this powder room’s high-style nautical theme. This paper’s large gold and orange fish are echoed in the sculpted fish decorating the vanity. A small custom sink and ceiling paint underscore these colors. Framed with silver shells, the mirror becomes the room’s focal point.


photo by john w. hession
Lots of light and soft neutrals amplify the impact of pink roses in the master bath.

One Home, Two Distinct Baths

photo by michael rixon

This sculptural basalt sink makes a small, curved powder room located under a stairwell very cool.

Tucked behind a sweeping, curved staircase, this powder room is architecturally compelling. But, for years, a noisy fan, old fixtures and dark, vertically striped wallpaper made the room unappealing.

The new design by kitchen and bath designer Susan Crupi of David R. Crupi, LLC, in Hollis embraces the room’s dramatic curve. Wide horizontal bands of tile and paint visually widen the room. The tile, made from lightly polished Picasso marble, was meticulously cut into two-inch-by-four-inch tiles and installed in a brick pattern. Marble molding defines a band of tumbled marble mosaic. A recessed soap niche creates further visual interest.

The centerpiece of this room is the sink and its wave pedestal. Carved from solid basalt stone, the sink and pedestal are “functional sculpture.” Even water from the Sigma faucet flows in a ribbon to complement the pairing. Contemporary art stands out on the blue-gray wall. To accommodate the curve, the mirror pivots and forged iron pendants are suspended from the ceiling. These features provide style, function and task lighting.

The master bath

For the same homeowners, the original master bath didn’t work. The lack of storage left toiletries cluttering the counter, while an unused whirlpool dwarfed a small shower. Further, a face-off between the shower and toilet resulted in a complete lack of privacy. Crupi methodically addressed these issues.

A built-in divider now adds convenient shelving while concealing the dual-flush toilet. Art-deco lights illuminate dual-mirrored medicine cabinets that come equipped with defoggers, nightlights and electrical outlets. These cabinets ensure that toiletries and electronics, such as toothbrushes and razors, no longer clutter the countertop. A recessed TV lets the homeowners watch the news while grooming.

A new air-jetted tub has heated backrests and raised seats, and delivers an all-encompassing massage for two. A mattefinished tile mosaic forms the tub and shower bench skirts, and is repeated in a larger format on the shower floor. The frameless glass enclosure ensures that the spacious new shower doesn’t overwhelm the room. Porcelain wall and floor tiles have the look of natural travertine but are low-maintenance. Radiant in-floor heat and a towel warmer provide the ultimate luxury experience.

A strategically placed window affords privacy and infuses the room with natural light. Soft blue-gray paint sets off elements of black, white and chrome, creating a spa-like feel.


photo by michael rixon

Fresh color combinations of black, taupe, blue gray and ochre heightened by natural light enliven this master bath.


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