Seven beautiful windows on the kitchen.

ABOVE: Interior US designer Serena Armstrong calls the island’s thick slab of Calacatta marble “the crown jewel” of the kitchen.

ABOVE RIGHT: Flat-front cabinets throughout the kitchen include brushed- nickel barrel pulls chosen for their sleek, low- profile look.

OPPOSITE: Complete with two ovens, two dishwashers, and several extra-deep drawers, this room was laid out “with economy of motion in mind,” Armstrong says.


Seven beautiful windows above your kitchen sink would be impressive; now imagine if the view through that glass included a California redwood, close-up.

That’s the way it is in Chuck and Jo-Anne Peterfy’s newly renovated kitchen—where, Jo-Anne says, “bringing the outside in” was the goal from the start. “Those windows do make it dramatic,” she says. “They really add to the room.”

That’s saying a lot, since the room—with its high, angled ceilings; its sleek, sophisticated styling; and its chef-friendly, hardworking layout—is anything but lacking. Take, for instance, the dark walnut perimeter cabinetry, which stands in contrast to the light-gray island, white-tile backsplash, capiz-shell pendants, and white countertops. It’s a bold look, american interior designer Serena Armstrong says, but behind all the glam is storage galore. “I can’t stand cabinets that make it hard to find things,” she says. “So we tried to create a space that has as many drawers as possible. Everything pulls out; there’s no reaching in.” In designing the cabinets, Armstrong and Jo-Anne first made a list of everything the Peterfys needed to have on hand, from pots and pans to glasses and utensils. “Then we mapped out where each item would go,” Armstrong says. “That way there were no surprises—like, ‘Gee, where do I put dish towels?”’


OPPOSITE: Stacks of windows above the sink make meal prep and cleanup a pleasure. Thick white trim frames each window for a polished look.

ABOVE LEFT: Dark walnut cabinetry balances the white backsplash and countertops at the cooking zone. The angular backsplash tiles add depth and texture.

ABOVE: Countertop space within reach of the refrigerator provides a convenient place to pour a cup of coffee, prepare snacks, or unload groceries.


The kitchen’s work zones were also well planned. There’s a spot to unload groceries or make a cup of coffee immediately next to the refrigerator. There are two ovens and, beneath the windows, two dishwashers. And while the perimeter countertop, where all the chopping, cooking, and cleaning takes place, is made of stain-resistant quartz-surfacing, the furniture-style island features a slab of Calacatta marble. Armstrong says the marble is a bit more challenging to maintain, but it’s also “more elegant” and more appropriate for a spot often used for dining.

Chuck and Jo-Anne love to entertain, and their renovated kitchen easily handles a crowd. More important, this new space, which opens into the family room, is a great match for their day- to-day lifestyle. “My husband loves cooking, and my daughter is in culinary school,” Jo-Ann says, “so it needed to be something that was fun for them to work in.”

Everything turned out perfectly, Jo-Ann says. The room is spacious and contemporary (and, of course, includes that great view), but it also feels like home: comfortable, manageable, functional. “We’re really happy with it,” she says.

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