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Condo kitchen gets modern makeover

michael j l

THE LIGHTING

Purchased through Wolfers, these Tech Lighting fixtures were set up via cable system, with stacks of five white-glass bracelets hanging off the railing, according to Paula Daher, principal of Back Bay-based Daher Interior Design. The homeowners wanted their Boston high-rise condo to feel “sophisticated and urban, yet comfortable and able to handle entertaining in a seamless way. The condo is a single level, and the kitchen needed to serve as the heart of the home as well as [a place where they could prepare] a Thanksgiving meal.”

THE TILES

One wall is covered up to the ceiling with 6-by-12-inch subway-style ceramic tile. “We had the installer stack them, one on top of the other, creating a strong vertical and contemporary line,” Daher said. “The individual tiles have a soft visual texture created with many small horizontal lines in soft shades of gray and white.”

THE CABINETRY

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“When renovating a kitchen or bath, often as a designer I want to relocate sinks, tubs, and toilets to provide a more optimal floor plan,” Daher said, but the concrete floor limited her to pivoting or moving items a very short distance. The cabinetry, a combination of custom and semicustom, is a full overlay style with European hinges. The cabinetsare painted a high-gloss whitewith an acrylic finish.

THE COUNTERTOP

Made of quartz, the counter is from Cumar Inc. in Everett.

THE FLOORING

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Daher opted for a prefinished walnut. The space needed a product that glues or clicks together, because you can’t nail the wood into the concrete subfloor, she said.

THE FAUCET

From Kohler, this chrome fixture was chosen for its sleek design and ergonomic function.

Eileen McEleney Woods is the editor of The Boston Globe's real estate section, Address. E-mail her at eileen.woods@globe.com.
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