Adding a sleek Scandinavian-style kitchen to a historic home in the city.
Jared Kuzia Photography
Get the best of the Magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday. Sign up here.
Ana Borras and Marga Raffucci, a thirtysomething couple who work in the restaurant industry, asked for a sleek, Scandinavian-style kitchen. That’s easier said than done in an off-kilter historic home. “Everything is at an angle,” designer Ariel Roth of Helios Design Group says. “Nothing was plumb.”
Roth began by moving the door and closing a secondary entrance to the living room to make room for cabinets and a range on a previously blank wall. She collaborated with nearby Boston Building Resources on the cabinetry design, which incorporates exposed plywood edges and white laminate surfaces. “Ana and Marga like a monochromatic look; everything in the house is black and white with pops of red,” Roth says. “The whole time I tried to incorporate color.” Mission accomplished.
1 The Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue wall paint allows the cabinetry to pop. “The color uplifts the room,” Roth says.
2 A new glass door connects the kitchen to the patio and lets in light, as does the new wider window.
3 Cabinetry cutouts in place of handles and pulls eliminate the fuss of hardware and add a fun, modern touch.
4 Speckled penny tiles from Discover Tile bring in color and texture.
5 The homeowners kept their fridge but splurged on a new Wolf range with red knobs.
6 The glossy top of the CB2 table seems to float on the powder-coated-steel base, which adds visual interest without much weight.
7 Gray-laminate-lined cubbies provide display space and easy access to appliances and cookbooks, in addition to breaking up all the white. “The open volumes helped the arrangement seem more balanced,” Roth says.
If the benefits of a better diet came in a pill, it would be hailed as a medical miracle.Continue reading »
The truth is it can be dangerous, especially for young people.Continue reading »
When you live on what’s essentially a sandbar, pollution, septic systems, and political roadblocks add up to one tough challenge.Continue reading »
Boston’s most famous baker is building an empire on flour, sugar, and an unrelenting focus on every last detail.Continue reading »
From the birth of our first child to the college goodbye, he was always there for our family.Continue reading »
When being your own health care advocate is an exercise in frustration.Continue reading »
The $15 billion project is a road paved with failures, successes, and what-ifs.Continue reading »
We tell students they need a bachelor’s degree to get ahead. But for too many, the numbers no longer add up.Continue reading »
Meet the man who designed one of the city’s most-recognizable landmarks.Continue reading »