Five years in a too−small kitchen gave homeowners
Diane and Lawrence Millar a clear vision of what they wanted their new kitchen to be. An addition at the back of their circa-1920s house gave them the space they needed to bring their vision to life—with the help of architect Bjorn Slate. “Previously, we had an island but no room for a table,” Diane says. “We wanted a true eat-in kitchen, with both. We wanted space for our daughter, Mirabel, to do art projects and hang out with friends while I cook.” The couple also craved a sophisticated aesthetic—clean-lined and subdued—with high-performance features, like prostyle appliances and a “smoothie station” for whipping up the family’s favorite beverages. Pale gray perimeter cabinets, a deeper bluegray island, and steel shelves flanking the range deliver the bistrolike vibe the Millars wanted. “We knew how we wanted to use the kitchen for our family,” Diane says. “We didn’t feel any pressure to make it conform to what other people might want.”
The homeowners wished for an upscale bistro vibe with open shelves and wood and metal accents, prostyle appliances, and a true eat−in kitchen.
opposite: The kitchen’s large scale allowed homeowner Diane Millar to “take the plunge” and forgo hanging cabinets for sleek metal shelves—one of her favorite features. above right: A prostyle range requires a powerful vent hood like this model. right: To ensure adequate storage, the Millars calculated their needs down to the cubic inch. Then architect Bjorn Slate built a deep food pantry that wraps around the built-in refrigerator.