Seasoned pro Sarah Robertson of Studio Dearborn was more than up for the challenge of reimagining a Greenwich, Connecticut, kitchen to suit the needs of a young family. As avid cooks who love to entertain, the kitchen needed zones to prep, cook and serve efficiently, along with an area for casual dining and plenty of storage to boot.
Talk to us about the palette. The clients showed me inspiration images of blue kitchens, so that was our starting point. We found the perfect shade—Benjamin Moore’s Van Courtland Blue—that acts as a neutral and goes with everything. It’s lighthearted, fun and colorful without being too much. To break it up, we added a cherry cabinet that coordinates with the flooring.
How do the two islands function? It’s a long room, so the space called for two islands. One long island would have cut off the circulation of the room. We actually widened the kitchen by two feet to accommodate them. One is for prep and storage and another for seating.
Are coffee stations popular? Yes, people are requesting dedicated breakfast pantries that can double as a cocktail bar. Here, we installed closed storage that includes drawers for tea, snacks, silverware and vegetables.