Kitchen and Bath Showcase: A Masterful Collaboration

Creating a stunning kitchen, as well as master bath with eye-catching details, was a no-brainer for the combined team effort of Leslie Newman of L Newman Associates and Emily Shakra of Emily Shakra Design.


The family wanted a relaxing gathering space to share meals in their grand home. Newman and Shakra added new cabinetry, pantry desk area, bar, lighting and restored hard-wood floors. Shimmery Labradorite granite counters from Finland accompany the blue-gray bevel subway tile.

A walnut table draws the eye to the open cabinets above the refrigerator.

An oval banquette by Don Mavrikis of Mavrikis Upholstering & Furniture Designs offers semicircle benches and tables for after-dinner conversation. Above the banquette, a round coffered ceiling is a strong focal point.

“People tend to forget about the ceiling, but it’s such a fun and great space to work with,” says Shakra.


The home’s master bath renovation was realized through trusted collaborations and familiarity with the clients’ needs.

“I really already had a feel for the clients’ style,” says Shakra.

Their needs were simple: create a pleasing, pretty bathroom that fits with the rest of the home.

“I was very cognizant in making the bathroom flow with the fresh style of the house,” says Shakra.

Using light blues, greens, whites and grays, Shakra created a “calming” color scheme by using traditional, durable furnishings, like white, Shaker-style cabinets and white quartz countertops.

A marble backsplash behind the freestanding tub makes a bold statement. Opposing mirrors and vanities and a Venetian-type solid glass chandelier complement the vaulted ceiling. Below the chandelier, a tufted gray blue ottoman provides extra seating. Original art by Dana Boucher and a purple hydrangea bouquet gives texture and pops of color.

Shakra praised the quality and workmanship of Dan Hughes, of Capitol Kitchens and Bath of Concord, whose work she says was “beyond my expectations.”

Categories: Architecture and Interiors, Bathroom Designs, Kitchen Designs