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Modern kitchen design by Gatega Interiors features cordial cherry cabinets, gray marble, aluminum and frosted glass cabinets, concrete countertops

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Change is part and parcel of moving into a new house, but for the owner of this property the change went far beyond the location and the new architecture.

Kristy Kisling took the opportunity to update her home interior as well. Her existing furnishings were originally chosen to complement a Colonial-style house, and more recently, a Tuscan property that suited heavy, traditional furniture.

"I was ready for something completely different and modern, which was a whole new look for me," Kisling says.

Interior designer Joanne Fitzgerald of Gatéga Interior Design, LLC, who had previously worked with the owner on several properties, was commissioned to oversee the architectural design and create a new interior.

"The plans were reworked to better suit Kristy's needs," says Fitzgerald. "The kitchen-family room was a particular focus of attention. It needed to have a warm, contemporary look. We opted for natural elements that would keep it earthy and modern, without being industrial."


Fitzgerald says the color palette was inspired by the cordial cherry cabinets.

"This is a very cool red with a hint of blue. We also incorporated grape tones in this family space, with the colors taken from a custom-designed glass pendant by Tracy Glover that floats above the dining table. In design terms, this piece, in the center of the house, is the pivot point around which everything else revolves.

"To offset the brighter shades, we added a light gray. This became the main thread that ties together the whole house. In some areas we made it a little warmer visually, and in other places a little cooler."

In the kitchen, the gray features on the handmade Royal Satin marble wall tiles, and in the concrete counters and floor.

"Throughout the house, we made sure the interior was not oppressive, however. For example, in the kitchen we used frosted glass and aluminum for all the overhead cabinets. The ceilings are lofty, so these cabinets helped to fill the space, while keeping the room light."

The warm tones of the cordial cherry are echoed by the colors used in the home office and adjoining bathroom. The office features an accent wall in a warm adobe brick shade, which highlights a series of small black-framed prints.

In the bathroom, red lozenge-shaped iridescent glass mosaics enliven the vanity wall. The vanity itself features quartersawn oak in a taupe-gray. A bamboo floor introduces another natural material.

The master bathroom continues the material palette, teaming warm gray stone with glass mosaics. Gray also appears in the quartz vanity tops throughout all the bathrooms.

"We chose a colorful Grigio mosaic for the master bathroom, which provides a bold mix of both gray and warm blue tones," Fitzgerald says. "The tub in this room has a nautical look, which is another subtle visual link to other rooms. The home office bathroom, for example, features porthole mirrors."

In keeping with the contemporary look, the bathroom has a wet-area shower, and modern mirrors that sit proud of the wall and reach right up to the ceiling.

The powder room further extends the visual connection – a cordial cherry vanity is suspended in front of a white wall. Here, the wallpaper is textured to resemble small pebbles.

First published date: 31 March 2015

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Credit List

Architect Randall O Ware, Shelter Design Studio
Interior designer Joanne Fitzgerald, Gatéga Interior Design, LLC (Washington, DC)
Cabinet company Austin Wood Works, Inc
Cabinetry Maple with Cordial Cherry glaze
Countertops Concrete
Backsplash Royal Satin marble with staggered joints
Doors and windows Rhino Gerkin metal
Dining furniture Walking Stick table with rolled steel and black walnut; Folio Plum leather chairs from Crate & Barrel
Lighting Custom Jewel Box pendant in dining area by Tracy Glover
Blinds White/pearl sunshades from Horizons Natural Shades
Flooring Concrete on main level; carbonized bamboo on second level and master bedroom
Kitchen sink Blanco Precision
Kitchen faucets Kraus Pro spray; Rohl filter faucet; Blanco Cantata pot filler
Range American Range
Ventilation Zephyr Cheng Trapeze
Refrigeration Liebherr
Master bath floor and walls Savoia Velvet Grey porcelain
Guest bath wall tiles Cherry glass lozenges
Wallcovering in powder room Romo quartz
Bathtub Toto Soiree
Basins in master bathroom Duravit Vero