Kitchen of the Week: A Cheery Combined Space in Brooklyn

The artistic Brooklyn couple who resides in this happy home loved their new neighborhood but had any problems coordinating their flat. The living area and kitchen are joined, it was important to keep things from becoming cramped while still incorporating plenty of storage. The couple hired architect Sarah Zames of General Assembly to create an inviting and open kitchen and living room for their 2-year-old daughter.

Sturdy substances, bright squares and a contemporary d├ęcor were crucial, and the customers also wanted their kitchen to adopt the playground view and sunlight they had fallen in love with. “The place definitely played into the design of the home, that is unusual for a residential renovation in New York,” says Zames. “We are typically very oblivious of our outside environment once we’re inside.”

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The customers wanted to have as storage and much light from the space. Since it’s in the center of the flat, Zames wanted to open the kitchen with spacious shelving and light colours. “Doing open shelving was very crucial because we could increase the counter area by wrapping the kitchen round like that, while not cutting off the light and flow of the staircase,” says Zames.

The white cabinetry contrasts with slick concrete countertops and a whirlpool bathtub. Sticking with a simple but contemporary cloth palette streamlines the room visually, while colorful accents keep it warm and cheerful.

Sink: Kohler Anthem in Cast Iron
Faucet: Grohe

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Open shelving was custom developed with this space. Each shelf is created from 2-inch thick solid walnut and suspended from steel backs mounted into a steel plate in the ceiling.

“Do not be afraid of open shelving,” says Zames. “You do not need to be the neatest person in the entire world. It’s very good motivation to keep a look out for cool dishes and storage pieces that you would normally simply bring out for a party.”

The combined kitchen and living room area is just over 300 square feet, so Zames tucked storage into each nook and cranny to keep this place from feeling helpless. Shelves in the island hold wine and glasses, and a slide-out full-height pantry was put near the refrigerator.

Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, range: Bosch

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A cheerful breakfast tucks into a nook next to a sun-drenched bay window. The built-in bench flips up to reveal storage for paper towels, tablecloths and other goods. The cushion is upholstered in Marimekko cloth from Crate & Barrel. “It’s great because it’s a waxy finish that is quite easy to clean,” says Zames. “This is quite important for a household using a 2-year-old!”

The pendant lights are vintage fixtures the customers found. The flooring is present hardwood that Zames re-stained.

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The kitchen embraces the bay window overlooking the playground across the street. “If you sit at the dining table, you can hear the kids playing across the street — a pretty unusual thing for New York,” says Zames.

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The close-knit kitchen and living area works really nicely for your household. It’s easy for the customers to cook and clean the kitchen while their daughter is inside watching distance in the living area. The remaining portion of the house is split-level, so the bedrooms are only upstairs and a studio area is below. “Everything is in yelling distance,” says Zames.

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