Milton-based interior designer Beth Bourque chose classic Shaker-style white cabinets to complement the traditional architecture of a young family’s South Boston row house.
“We changed the configuration from L-shaped to just one wall, but added an island,” she says. Oil-rubbed bronze pulls from Rejuvenation provide high contrast.
Hand-glazed ceramic subway tiles from Mission Stone & Tile line the entire back wall up to the ceiling for a sense of height. The honed black soapstone counter is practical and durable. The oil-rubbed bronze finish of the Moen faucet reinforces the pared-down palette.
Although dramatic in scale, translucent glass pendants by Kichler Lighting are not overpowering. Plus, Bourque says, “Lighting is a good spurge for homes with young children since it’s out of reach of small hands.”
The island’s John Boos butcher-block top infuses warmth, creating a welcoming spot for meals. The teal lacquer tray by Masterpiece Woodworks neatly collects napkins, salt and pepper shakers, and such, while adding a pop of color.
The silhouette of the mahogany bar stools from Pottery Barn echoes the curve of the pendants and softens the room’s crisp design.