Picture-Perfect Island Kitchens
These cool kitchen makeovers will inspire you to get cookin'.
Homes built in the 1930s can be charming, but their kitchens often feel cramped by today’s standards. Matt and Jennie Rosecan had lived in their Arlington Forest home for a decade when they decided to start over in 2014. A 400-square-foot addition by Sagatov Design+Build allowed them to expand their cooking and entertaining space.
For Matt, who does most of the family meal prep, workhorse appliances were a must, including a 30-inch-wide side-by-side Electrolux freezer-fridge, and a flush-mount induction cooktop.
But then there was the matter of style. “[Jennie] wanted something rustic and colorful with a modern farmhouse aesthetic, while he gravitated toward a midcentury modern vibe, with clean lines,” says Sagatov creative director Katie Otis.
The end result is a perfect marriage of both. An 11-foot-long island, bookended with barn-style millwork, features a raised countertop made of salvaged white oak. The bar seating combines homey Arteriors counter stools and midcentury-style Lawson-Fenning chairs.
The kitchen’s most commanding feature is a dramatic, hand-poured cement-tile wall by Architectural Ceramics. The colors are Provencal (slate blue and yellow) but its pattern is decidedly mod.
Yuri Sagatov and Katie Otis, Sagatov Design+Build, Arlington, sagatovhomes.com
Charlotte Safavi is a national magazine writer and stylist. She lives in Alexandria with her husband and son.