On the inside, the objective was to turn the room into a food-prep area and a prime entertaining spot. "The kitchen is a terrific example of the trend toward making it a family space," says Venegas. The homeowners wanted the house to be a place where they could really spend time with their boys; the family loves to throw parties for the entire hockey or lacrosse team—parents and children—so they might have as many as 30 adults and 15 kids in the house at one time. To create a mixing and eating spot for the whole crowd, Palumbo designed two marble-topped islands, one for fixing or serving food and the other for those enjoying it to gather, sit, and share. An area of dropped ceiling above the social island was built from tongue-and-groove fir beadboard, to match the room's original walls, and houses ductwork and wiring. Surface-mounted track lighting lines the kitchen beams that remain exposed, illuminating cooking tasks.
Guests can spill from the kitchen through a swinging door to the dining room's long table. The room's heart-pine floors, beadboard walls, and ceiling beams are all original.
Vintage Farm Tool Dining Table, Restoration HardwareChairs:
Aubrey Chair, Bungalow 5Chandelier:
Dean Chandelier, Made Goods