Who lives here: Designer Jessica Williamson of JTWdesign; her husband, Mark; and their two young children
Location: Suburb of Richmond, Virginia
Size: About 320 square feet (30 square meters)
Jessica Williamson designed her kitchen with designated areas for baking (visible at the right in this photo), a built-in bar for entertaining (visible at near left), and a coffee station (rear left).
The doors between the bar and coffee station open to reveal a walk-in pantry and home office, which includes the microwave and a bulletin board where the family keeps its daily schedules. “We do not have a separate dining room,” Williamson says. “Everyone tends to gather at the island, so this way they can easily move to the dining area when dinner is ready.”
The sleek stainless hood above the 36-inch range takes center stage in the cooking area, flanked by glass upper cabinets for display and storage of vintage glassware passed down through the family of Williamson’s husband, Mark.
The backsplash behind the range features brushed Arabescato marble field tiles, which add beauty and richness. “I wanted something natural with refined texture that was visually interesting without being distracting or too trendy,” Williamson says.
The stairs at the left lead to the family’s bedrooms on the upper level of the home; a guest bedroom is located behind the door seen on the right side of the photo.
Lighting over island: Manuscript pendants, Currey & Company; sink in island:Blanco; sink faucet: Delta Faucet; range: Sub-Zero and Wolf; hood: Zephyr Ventilation; backsplash: Arabescato marble brushed field tile, Mosaic Tile Company of Virginia
Bronze latches behind the stools open to reveal 12-inch-deep cabinets for storing cookbooks and toys and crafts. The island’s honed marble top is a refined, natural material that fits with the updated farmhouse style.
Island and perimeter countertops: honed white Carrara marble, Marva Marble & Granite; marble fabricator-installer: Absolute Stone Design; island stools: Vapor 24-inch acrylic counter stool, CB2; floor: Acacia in color Cologne, Johnson Hardwood
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero and Wolf
Dishwasher: Asko Appliances
The large orb chandeliers create ambient light. “We didn’t do a bunch of built-in lights in this space because I like a warm glow,” Williamson says. “They also help visually separate the dining space from the kitchen, and makes the dining area special.”
Dining table: Kensington 86-inch extension, Arhaus; host chairs: custom,Whittingham; dining chairs: no longer available, similar ones from Crate & Barrel;chandeliers: Broxton Orb, Currey & Company; buffet: antique find; buffet lamps and mirror: HomeGoods
“For me, a kitchen that functions is first and foremost, and we plan to be in this kitchen for the next 20 years,” Williamson says. “Keeping it classic, clean and functional was a priority, and I think we achieved that.”