Carolyn & John Hudson's dark and dated Williamsburg-reproduction kitchen gets a late-breaking upgrade from Charlotte architect Ken Pursley
Architect Ken Pursley paid respects to 18th-century Colonial Williamsburg with handwrought steel pot racks; a deep, framed, brick-lined “hearth”
that shelters the range; and two stand-alone cabinets that conceal tableware, paperwork, a TV, and a wet bar.
Overall, though, the look is more classic than Colonial. By assigning most of the storage and cooking functions to the hearth, island, and cabinets, they can devote the rest of the space to the exquisite detail of the wide-planked pine floor and 7-foot vertical wainscot. It’s all washed in a barely there palette of pale blues, whites, and taupes.
Island paint: Old White (4), by Farrow & Ball.
Hearth cabinetry paint: Mouse’s Back (40), also by Farrow & Ball.
Island benches: Dual Seat Counter Bench (7000-53) by Lee Industries upholstered in Naugahyde, available through Circa Interiors and Antiques.
“The previous space was broken up by a pantry,” Ken says. “Because the house is symmetrically designed, we knew if we removed
that wall, we’d have a wonderful open space.” The absence of sprawling cabinetry and counters furthers that airy look. Now
the hearth commands center stage and the island and cabinets play supporting roles. “Ken designed this kitchen in a way that
makes it look clean all the time,” Carolyn says. “It feels like taking a deep breath every time you walk in. It’s my little
Wall, ceiling, and trim paint: Off-White (3) by Farrow & Ball.
Sideboard paint: Light Blue (22), also by Farrow & Ball.
Dining chair fabric: Breaker outdoor fabric in Sky (06) outdoor fabric by DeLany & Long, also available through Circa Interiors and Antiques.
Lighting: Paul Revere Lantern by Dennis & Leen.
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1 A round wood farmhouse table with a white-painted base is family-dinner headquarters.
2 A new pantry located off the side of the kitchen holds the microwave and provides storage.
3 The 504-square-foot kitchen already had perfectly symmetrical windows and proportions. Tearing down some walls was all it took to reveal them.
4 The framed Colonial-style “hearth” and large island replace the cramped, G-shaped arrangement of cabinets. The hearth houses the range and prep space.
Two freestanding cabinets stow everyday necessities and hold a ready-for-entertaining wet bar. “They’re very true to that
period when kitchens used actual pieces of furniture to house everything,” says Carolyn.
Cabinetry design and woodwork: Goodman Millwork Company.
“Ours is the house where all our kids’ friends gather,” says Carolyn . “It accommodates not just us but the whole lacrosse
team—and their cleats.” She likes to cook for her friends, too, and loves entertaining, cooking, and eating in one space.
Interior designers: Jane Schwab and Patrick Lewis of Circa Interiors and Antiques, Charlotte, NC; 704/332-6369.
Builder: Kaleel Builders, Inc.; 704/366-5541.