"We knew we could increase the storage and go up a notch with high-performance appliances without incurring the cost of changing the footprint," says Nassetta, who also updated an adjoining walk-in pantry. Laurie had two requests: lots of red, and just enough of that 1980s brick to echo the fireplace in the adjacent family room. Armed with pillow fabric
in Laurie's favorite shade, Nassetta worked with the cabinetmaker to create a custom barn red, then had it glazed and rubbed to give it a vintage look. Out went old oak boxes and appliances, and in came storage-filled maple cabinets, marble and walnut counters, recessed lights, and a cook's paradise of appliances including a refrigerator from Sub-Zero
, a microwave from Sharp
, and a coffee station from Miele
. A downdraft vent that disappears behind the cooktop allows the remaining bit of brickwork to be a focal point—and a friendly nod to the past.