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Kitchen Inspiration: Silver Linings

Cape Cod Home  /  Autumn 2019 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner / Photographer: Dan Cutrona 

Kitchen Inspiration: Silver Linings

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Cape Cod Home  /  Autumn 2019 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner / Photographer: Dan Cutrona 

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.

Julie Craven Wagner

Julie Craven Wagner began her experience with Cape Cod Life in 2010 when she joined the sales team after 10 years of working with local businesses on the Cape and Islands with WMVY. In addition to sales, she is the Associate Publisher/Editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Enzo. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.