From House Beautiful
Like many modern-day entertainers with old homes, Karen Williams had long found that the layout and flow in her Hamptons home just wasn’t quite ideal for her lifestyle. Luckily, Williams is creative director at luxury kitchen design company St. Charles New York, so, when faced with “the challenge of how to modernize a farmhouse kitchen,” she was pretty well-prepared. Not only that, but she’s clued in to some seriously game-changing design details that most homeowners would overlook.
Beneath what looks like a pretty surface of sage green, textural accents, and marble countertops, are smart solutions to make the space highly functional for cooking and hosting (eventually!). Read on to learn from Williams’s expertise.
The first thing Williams did was remove a wall to create a more open concept between the kitchen and dining space. “It’s just the way people are living now,” she says. Plus, as the frequent chef, “I didn’t want to be looking at a wall all day” while cooking or prepping in the space, she says. Creating a flow around a center island allows her to engage with guests while keeping a view of the backyard, which connects the kitchen to the outdoors (more on the later).
This layout also establishes the kitchen as an entertaining space and not a site of prep mayhem by relegating cleanup to the far corner, where she’s installed a deep sink and two dishwashers. “My cleanup is always behind me, because I don’t want to look at it,” she reveals. “It’s just a little psychological trick.”
To keep the kitchen from feeling too modernized, Williams incorporated nods to the original architecture throughout: “The shiplap, the arches, and the moldings are very much the character of the house, so I