before and after kitchen with oak finishes and cabinets, icebox style panels on fridge
Photo: Alexandra Rowley

After: Masculine Queen Anne Kitchen

Asked to describe their 1887 sandstone-and-granite fixer-upper, in Stamford, Connecticut, Chuck and Claudia Jepsen say it's "a masculine Queen Anne," a style they paid homage to by filling the kitchen with wood, stone, and brass.

Nothing about the project happened quickly. After 10 years with a "temporary" kitchen in the dining room, the couple—enthusiastic hosts and the parents of two boys—finally had the wherewithal to open up and temporarily equip what was the butler's-pantry area.

Shown: Homeowner Chuck Jepsen works at his long-awaited marble-topped island.

Pendant fixtures: Visual Comfort
Marble island top: New England Stone; Milford, CT; 203-876-8606
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