Who lives here: Joe Yannuzzi, an attorney; Jacqui Jarrett, a registered dietician; his son, Anthony, 15; and her son, Dylan, 24
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Size: 290 square feet (26.9 square meters)
BEFORE: The existing closed-off kitchen in their historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, farmhouse, which was built in the 1790s and was once owned by a descendant of William Penn, was updated by a previous owner. It had dark maple cabinets, tile counters, white appliances, limited prep space and a narrow doorway that limited flow between the kitchen and dining room.
“There wasn’t enough counter space or storage space, the refrigerator jutted out into traffic flow, and there was that oven that didn’t work,” Jacqui says.
AFTER: The couple, who share the home with Joe’s son, Anthony, 15, and Jacqui’s son, Dylan, 24, opened things up and created better flow by eliminating the wall between the kitchen and adjacent dining room.
Working with their kitchen designer, Jacqui’s sister Jill Jarrett of Jarrett Design, the couple went for a transitional look with soft gray tones that help bridge the gap between old and new. A multipurpose center island, distressed soapstone counters, stacked inset cabinets and a refinished original hardwood floor give the space character and style.
Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room opened things up. But, as with many historic homes, eliminating the non-load-bearing wall filled with years of dirt, horse hair and newspapers required special attention. “The floor was sloped where the wall came down, about 5 inches, and the installers had to perform some magic so the floor now looks straight,” Jill says.
Cabinetry: custom in Vista Gray and Stone, Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry; counters:distressed soapstone, Bucks County Soapstone; pendants over island: Roost, Lightology; wall paint: Silver Coffee Pot, Sherwin-Williams
Island stools: Ballard Designs
“The soapstone was the perfect choice for a farmhouse and gives us a timeless look,” Jacqui says.
The electrical part of the project was another challenge. Since the walls are stone and stucco, adding switches and outlets for lighting on the walls was nearly impossible. The solution was to add them to the posts of the island. You can barely make out a couple of switches on the post at the far end of the island in this photo.
The seeded-glass-front cabinet stores cups and glasses. Corbels lend it a furniture look that reflects the classic nature of the home. To the left, a stacked light gray pantry cabinet is shallower to ease traffic flow while creating a collected look. “I wanted the kitchen to look like it has been there forever and had layers,” Jacqui says.
Lantern over prep sink: Katie’s Colonial Lighting; prep sink: Blanco; prep-sink faucet: Rohl; microwave-convection oven: KitchenAid
Soapstone extends from the counters to create the range backsplash, with a simple shelf added for bottles of oils and a few spices. “It’s nice to limit the different materials,” Jill says. “You can sometimes get too fancy. This honors the simplicity of the home.”
Range and hood: Thermador
Paneled refrigerator: Thermador
The small door leads to the basement.