Nadia NeJamie, a real estate agent in Washington, D.C., sees kitchens all the time. So when she decided to update the one in her 1914 Foursquare Colonial, she knew exactly how to relay her wishes to her interior designer, Christopher Patrick. “You can always tell a seventies or eighties kitchen,” says Nejaime, whose kitchen was last renovated in 2000. “What I craved was something classic—nothing super trendy that would go out of style in 10 years. And I wanted white. If you can see the dirt, you know it’s time to clean it!”
A new island serves as a buffet when entertaining. The bold color of the base cabinets (Blue Lagoon; omegacabinetry.com) and warm walnut top make it the focal point of the room. Nejaime wanted the kitchen to feel inspired by the history of the house,” says Patrick. Handmade glazed subway tile, marble countertops, and more traditional cabinet doors—Shaker style with bead detailing—all feel classic. “Even the hardware has a vintage feel: The flair on the edges is inspired by 1920s materials. Hiding the fridge, dishwasher, and vent hood behind cabinetry gives the kitchen a seamless look and disguises modern amenities.
A double sink previously made it tough to clean large pans, but this new roomy single-bowl design flaunts an architectural faucet. “She needed something intense—a wimpy faucet wouldn’t have looked right,” says Patrick. Pretty shaded lamps (Bryant Sconces; circalighting.com) above the sink offer much-needed task lighting and can be dimmed for mood as well.
Carving out a nook in the island for the homeowner's pup keeps him close to the action but not underfoot. “The door features open latticework for airflow, and it faces the windows to give lots of light,” explains Patrick. With no more need for a kennel, which used to sit to the right of the stairs, there’s now enough room in that space for the bar.