A Delightful Kitchen in a Darien Spec Home

A kitchen remodel as distinctive as its setting.
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A Moooi lighting fixture illuminates the island’s quartzite countertop, solid-slab porcelain backsplash from Paul’s Marble Depot, and a custom stainless-steel hood. Photography by Paul Johnson

The mandate for this Darien spec house (situated in the coveted Allwood neighborhood) was crystal clear: Differentiate the kitchen design from every other spec house. Such was the task given to Deane, Inc. Principal Peter Deane by a repeat client, who began working with the firm for her own home’s renovation several years back. To start, Deane outfitted the space with all the bells and whistles—walnut drawer inserts, a stainless steel appliance garage, pull-out trash drawers with compost bins and a stylish desk/work area.

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A Kohler sink and faucet through Best Plumbing anchor the butler’s pantry. Photography by Paul Johnson

What truly separates this kitchen is its unexpected array of finishes. “We incorporated painted cabinetry but highlighted it with rift-cut, white-oak base cabinets,” he explains. “The contrast between these finishes drove our decision to select a subtle white quartzite countertop to complement the striking solid-slab porcelain backsplash.”

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Photography by Paul Johnson

A steel-and-glass partition (not shown) frames the overall space, drawing the eye to the massive custom stainless-steel hood. To the right of the range, a six-foot window and floor-to-ceiling French doors let in nature and views to the private outdoor living spaces. The serene vibe continues with the island light fixture, as well as paneling that conceals a Thermador refrigerator and dishwasher. “It intentionally draws one’s eye through the kitchen with a continuous line, allowing the other design elements and accents to truly shine,” Deane adds. And the final touch of jewelry to elevate the look? “Gold hardware adds a touch of flair to the space and warms the room.”

The print version of this article appeared with the headline: Main Character.