A deep, na­ture-in­spired hue brings ver­dant beauty to a so­phis­ti­cated At­lanta kitchen

Traditional Home - - Contents - In­te­rior de­signer: Bradley Odom

Smoky green hues make a gor­geous state­ment.

mother Na­ture doesn’t even bother knock­ing. Her ver­dant greens come right in through the big kitchen win­dow at Esti and Jeff Stein’s At­lanta home—and cre­ate some­what of a color co­nun­drum. “When we were ready to ren­o­vate, Jeff thought we couldn’t go wrong with a white kitchen,” Esti says. “But I was hes­i­tant—the re­flec­tion from out­side makes neu­trals in­side look green.”

De­signer Bradley Odom of Dixon Rye saw the prob­lem. Look­ing at the back­yard na­ture-scape, he also saw the so­lu­tion. “He said, ‘Let’s em­brace the green,’ ” Esti re­calls.

“I was in­spired by views of the pond area in their back­yard,” Odom says. “I wanted to bring that lush, warm green in.”

And so he did, coat­ing cab­i­netry in Far­row & Ball’s “Green Smoke.” Quartz with the look of white mar­ble, used for the back­splash and coun­ter­tops, serves as a light, airy coun­ter­point to the deep green. A wal­nut is­land adds to the so­phis­ti­cated mix, mesh­ing with wide-plank wal­nut floor­ing. Un­lac­quered brass on hard­ware, light­ing, and faucets fin­ishes the room with sub­tle glim­mer.

“I love how the brass pops off the green so beau­ti­fully,” Esti says. “Plus, the patina gives a feel­ing of age and char­ac­ter, even though the house has been newly ren­o­vated.”

That ren­o­va­tion also gave Esti an op­por­tu­nity to in­cor­po­rate smart func­tion into her cook­ing space. “With three lit­tle boys, I use this kitchen con­stantly—break­fast, lunch, snacks, din­ner,” she says. “It’s not just for looks. I prac­ti­cally live in the work zone be­tween the cook­top and the is­land.”

Sinks in the is­land and in the win­dow nook are among the kitchen’s kosher fea­tures. The thought­ful lay­out also pro­vides Esti with sep­a­rate zones for meat and dairy uten­sil stor­age and food prepa­ra­tion.

“I took the time to think through all of my uten­sils and small ap­pli­ances—and even thought through how I make din­ner—be­fore we put to­gether the cab­i­netry plan,” Esti says. “It was well worth it. Now ev­ery­thing is in its place and within arm’s reach. It works so well.”

While Esti cooks, she can keep an eye on the kids or en­gage with guests seated at the is­land or in the ad­join­ing den. “It makes the kitchen feel like the cen­ter of our home,” she says.

Adding to the daily de­light is a bar tucked into a small space be­hind the kitchen. The jewel box of a room gleams in a high-gloss lac­quer, Far­row & Ball’s “Stu­dio Green”—darker than the kitchen cab­i­netry but in the same color fam­ily. Like the kitchen, this space boasts more than good looks. It’s out­fit­ted with a cof­fee sta­tion and bev­er­age re­frig­er­a­tor so Esti can en­joy her java in the morn­ing and mix drinks for guests on spe­cial evenings. “I’ve be­come some­thing of a mixol­o­gist,” Esti says. “We had the of­fice hol­i­day party in our house, and ev­ery­one con­gre­gated in the bar. It feels like you’re in a New York ho­tel bar, not in an At­lanta home.”

All the glam­our leaves Esti pinch­ing her­self. “I’ve been read­ing de­sign mag­a­zines since I was a lit­tle girl grow­ing up in a small house in New Jersey,” she says. “I used to won­der who lived in those houses. Now I live in one of those houses, and it’s a dream come true.”

Res­i­den­tial de­signer: C. Bran­don In­gram

Res­i­den­tial de­signer Bran­don In­gram added char­ac­ter-rich de­tails to Esti and Jeff Stein’s 1980s home, in­clud­ing ceil­ing beams, mill­work, and the cus­tom hood. An un­lac­quered brass fin­ish on the Water­stone faucets and Circa Light­ing pen­dants stands out against green cab­i­netry by Key­stone Mill­works and the white quartz coun­ters and back­splash from Walker Zanger. The “Char­lie” barstools are by Verellen through Dixon Rye.

A Miele oven stands ready for busi­ness on the work side of the wal­nut is­land, where fam­ily, in­clud­ing Chest­nut, a 7-year-old Labradoo­dle, are wel­come.

Sub-Zero re­frig­er­a­tor and freezer units are cloaked be­hind cab­i­netry pan­els. De­signer Bradley Odom had two pieces of the Steins’ art re­framed for the kitchen. “A dis­play of cook­books didn’t feel right for this space,” he says. “The art el­e­vates the kitchen and fur­thers the feel­ing of her­itage and qual­ity.” Wire mesh in­serts on some cabi­net doors nod to South­ern style while adding an airy note. The stain­less-steel Wolf range con­trasts the brass hard­ware.

The Steins dis­play crys­tal that be­longed to Jeff’s grand­moth­ers in the bar’s glass-front cab­i­nets. “That glass­ware lived in boxes so long,” Esti says. “It’s nice to have a place to put spe­cial things.”

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