Remodel transforms condo kitchen

When the owners bought this South End condo, the kitchen looked nothing like it does today.

The overall space was chopped up: a smaller kitchen, an adjacent pantry space, and a narrow laundry room. Designer Leslie Fine, president of Back Bay-based Leslie Fine Interiors Inc., turned to FBN Construction to relocate the laundry room, incorporate the pantry, and take down walls to open up the space.

“My clients were ready to dispose of their traditional furniture from their longtime suburban home and create a comfortable . . . urban oasis,” Fine said. “The kitchen is open to the living room and dining room and is therefore central to the home’s layout.”

The problem with opening up that space? It exposed ductwork and pipes, so Fine integrated and designed the kitchen cabinetry, appliances, and millwork around these areas.

The result was a contemporary and elegant design that offers a seamless transition to the rest of the condo’s living space.

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The Tech Lighting monorail and pendant lights with frosted white glass are from Wolfers Lighting.


The kitchen cabinets are from Poggenpohl in a “White Pine Décor” finish, which Fine said is “a very organic and stylish textured laminate.”


Fabricated by Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers of Rhode Island, the dark-stained rift oak millwork with stainless-steel reveals covers the ductwork but also provides storage.


The walls are Benajmin Moore’s “Elmira White,” Fine said. “The neutral color allows the cabinetry and millwork to take center stage.”


The homeowners purchased this oil painting by Pharr Schulenburg at Addison Art Gallery in Orleans.


Fine designed the counter-height (36 inches) breakfast bar, which was fabricated at Granite Metal Services in Boston. The top is an acrylic material from Neudorfer Inc. that Fine said is durable and easy to maintain.


These stools from Powell & Bonnell were purchased from the Icon Group at the Boston Design Center. They have dark-stained-wood frames, tapered legs, and brushed stainless-steel foot guards. They are upholstered in a white vinyl fabric from Innovations in Wallcoverings Inc. that feels like leather but wipes clean.


The oak floor was dyed a very dark espresso color.

- Eileen McEleney Woods

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