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She also freshened up the style with white Shaker-style cabinets, a white backsplash, brass accents and light blue walls to create a casual coastal look.
Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: A professional couple with two young sons
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Size: 285 square feet (26 square meters)
Designer: Asha Maxey of Asha Maía Design
Before: In the former kitchen, the small island provided limited countertop surface and storage — just one cabinet and two drawers — and was more of a hindrance than a help. The couple felt like the style needed to go as well. Light oak cabinets, dark granite countertops, blue-green walls, a busy multicolored backsplash and basic beige tile flooring didn’t fit with the bright, family-friendly style they wanted.
A busted pipe in the winter caused major damage to the kitchen and sped up the homeowners’ plans for renovating the space.
After ditching the island, Maxey created an updated G-shaped layout with a peninsula that seats three. She took the white Shaker-style cabinets to the ceiling to maximize storage and make the kitchen appear taller.
A new stainless steel French door refrigerator coordinates with the vent hood and other new appliances. The steel joins brass pendant lights, a champagne bronze faucet and polished nickel cabinet pulls for a mixed-metals look.
Peninsula lights: Duncan one-light pendant with rod in aged brass, Golden Lighting
The end of the peninsula includes paneled detailing that coordinates with the cabinets. “Instead of doing a waterfall-edge countertop detail, this was an attractive way to close it off,” Maxey says.
Dark engineered hickory flooring provides a rich, grounding counterpoint to the mostly white palette. “They wanted to go with something durable and not worry about the nuisances of pure hardwood,” Maxey says.
Flooring: Homestead Retreat Hickory TecWood in Stampede Hickory, Mohawk Flooring; wall paint: Rain, Sherwin-Williams
Upper cabinets flanking the hood feature frosted glass doors. “We just wanted to break up the white and offer a place to do a bit of display,” Maxey says.
The countertops feature fractured veining in a range of grays, browns and beiges on a white background.
With the new G-shaped layout, the homeowners can move freely and efficiently between the sink, cooktop, peninsula countertop, fridge and wall appliances. “I think this project offers a way you can create a functional kitchen without an island,” Maxey says. “A peninsula is a great alternative that allows a place for people to gather if you don’t have the space for an island.”
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