KITCHENS & BATHS
With the look of a butler’s pantry full of built-ins, it’s family-friendly.
For a Queen Anne house, this painted kitchen borrows elements of design 1895 to 1910.
Once tired and lacking character, this large, 19thcentury Queen Anne house was extensively renovated, and its exterior beautifully restored and polychromed. Architect Frank Shirley, of Cambridge, Mass., also designed a new garage in Queen Anne style for the property. Interior renovations brought the family four new bathrooms, all with period inspiration; a new master suite; and a writer’s studio.
A key design element is a “circulation spine” created down the center of the house, connecting with the previously isolated caboose of a kitchen to make it the family center. This area of the house got a 70-squarefoot addition to provide space for a separate mudroom.
The character is that of late-19th-century pantries and kitchens. The Indian owners brought their passion for color, provided by painted cabinets, textiles for a lively complement to the blue trim, and a tile backsplash that adds adds color and pattern without overwhelming the room. Top cabinets have perforated metal fronts in unlaquered brass, adding interest and more pattern and yet concealing stored objects.
1. BREAKFAST NOOK
Continuing the transitional look ca. 1895–1910, a builtin breakfast banquette occupies the other end of the room. A movable table allows maximum adaptability of the space.
2. OLD-STYLE CABINETS
Cabinets rise to the ceiling in emulation of a built-in butler’s pantry; top cabinets with perforated-metal fronts add interest and proportion. A simple, flat-panel style is a back-of-house classic that works in almost every period.
3. NODS TO THE PERIOD
Materials and details recalling an earlier time include the tin ceiling, adjustable pulley lights, a wood floor, and the center island imagined as an unplumbed work table. Bull’seye corner blocks and fluted casings match original trim.
4. MODERN SENSIBILITY
The room is nevertheless modern in design, function, and sensibility, with stainlesssteel appliances, a cooktop instead of a freestanding range, and decorative tiles enhancing the backsplash.