I’m pleased with the balance of aspirational and everyday design we choose to share on the site, and though the scope of renovations like that in this amazing kitchen/dining room makeover are out of reach for many of us, I appreciate seeing dreamy, high-end projects every once in a while. While I could never afford it, I like to take inspiration from everything that’s out there.
Interior designer Christine Tuttle did an amazing job renovating this home in Wellesley, Massachusetts, which was originally a poorly built spec house. This state-of-the-art kitchen looks worth every penny; my favorite elements in the design are the slab fireplace and the panoply of gorgeous windows, which make this space seem like heaven to spend time in both day and night. The rooms strike a great balance between being minimal and spacious, yet also warm and inviting, a difficult feat in such large spaces. Wonderful job, Christine! — Kate
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Read more about this gorgeous high-end kitchen makeover after the jump!
Time: 4 months
Basic Steps: The clients wanted clean, clutter free and contemporary but warm. I focused on beautiful (yet durable) surfaces and materials — wood, bronze, stone. Lots of light was important, as the old kitchen had tiny windows. This was a very high-end job; we took the walls down to the studs. Details include a Bulthaup kitchen, all new lighting, windows and doors, a quarter-sawn oak floor, an adjacent mudroom with radiant heat floors, Creston house integration system, Hans J. Wegner chairs, Jack Larsen silk Roman shades, a Chilewich mat under the table and a Holly Hunt light.
My advice is to not skimp on kitchens; it is such a big project, and no one wants to go through a kitchen remodel once you’ve done it, so do it right. I always say that getting the underpinnings right, like the mechanicals and electrical, are so important. While the fun stuff is picking a paint color, what really make a room livable are the things you don’t see — proper HVAC, layered lighting, and so on. — Christine