white cottage-style kitchen
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Small Fixes, Lots of Function

This kitchen in a Amagansett, New York cottage was widened just 2 feet, but with white cabinets swapped in for the old cherry cupboards, and the addition of white marble countertops and backsplash, the room appears twice its former size. Architect Darren Helgesen's simple, clean-lined moldings and trimwork—all, like the beamed ceilings and walls, finished in white tones—contribute to the sense of spaciousness.

A custom mantel hides the range hood and gives cabinets a finished look. A wall came down to create room for a peninsula and open up the kitchen to a new breakfast area. Marble counters, a pro-style range, and a walnut-stained top on the snack bar play off cottage-style beadboard and vintage-look cabinets with old-fashioned polished-nickel hardware.
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