The saying goes that every cloud has a silver lining. In the case of one Cape Cod homeowner, the experience of working with Barbara Darcy, kitchen designer at Classic Kitchen and Interiors in Hyannis, was anything but turbulent.

“This homeowner was so much fun to work with because most of our clients lean toward a painted finish for their cabinets,” Darcy explains. “She loves sparkle and elegant details, and she fell in love with a silvery maple stained finish.” The finish translates almost as driftwood that is found along the surrounding beaches. “And the island,” Darcy continues, “is really soft. It is the only painted cabinetry in the kitchen.” 

Speaking of keeping things soft, Darcy says that the traditional shaker doors were embellished with a subtle quarter-round detail on the door and drawer faces that kept the whole look from feeling too austere and uptight. The result is a space that envelops the homeowners, their family and an endless stream of visitors with a warm and welcoming embrace. 

Quartzite reminiscent of sugar-soft sand tops the counters and the island.  On the sink counter, Darcy suggested extending the countertop all the way to the frame of the new larger window so that the surfaces are un-interrupted as well as waterproof. Roped trim at the crown molding and again in the metal pulls on the cabinet-faced Sub-Zero refrigerator establishes an element of coastal elegance, since after all, this is a seaside home.