A Kitchen Designed for Entertaining

Tour a kitchen that's built to party.

This kitchen is party central for a family that loves to cook and entertain. Knowing they would eventually renovate, the homeowners lived with the builder’s spec kitchen for two years before calling in Tyler Constanda of TC Designs. The wife, who had worked in the restaurant business, is a serious cook and wanted a kitchen that could work equally well for intimate nightly dinners with the family or hosting large parties. Constanda enlisted the help of kitchen designer Christine Donner to develop a layout for personal cooking and entertaining, A closed-off wet bar was transformed into a party-ready cocktail serving station. Donner helped the homeowners select professional-style appliances, including refrigeraton from Sub-Zero, Miele wall ovens and dishwashers, and a Lacanche range. The large Royal Danby marble-topped island is conducive to conversation while the chef is at work.

“The owners love the marble,” says Constanda. “As a designer, I always tell my clients, if you need perfection, marble is not your jam. However, these owners decided they would love it even more when it was all worn, with the aged patina of a bar top at a French bistro. It was a perfect match.” It took some convincing to get the couple to agree to the gray cabinets, but because they had worked with Constanda before on a previous home, they trusted her instincts and said yes to the Craft-Maid custom cabinets painted in Farrow & Ball’s Worsted hue. Donner suggested the walnut island to warm things up. Together, the designers accomplished a brilliant kitchen that works for this entertaining family, day or night.

The print version of this article appeared with the headline: All Things Considered.