• Lauren Vallario Designs

An Unexpected Bar...

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last 2 weeks. Things have been a little hectic as I have been packing up my house and getting my family ready for our big move. Now that we’ve moved, I’ll have lots of new projects to share with you as I make my way around the house updating it! For now, let’s talk about one of my latest kitchen projects. So here we go…

One of my latest projects is a kitchen in New Canaan for a young family. The clients wanted to keep the traditional feel of their home but bring in some more contemporary elements. This isn’t uncommon amongst my clients. The Fairfield County market is slowly hedging towards a more contemporary aesthetic but holding on to the traditional style for dear life. Anyway, so let’s talk about this kitchen and more specifically a feature in the kitchen that I just love, the bar!

The original kitchen had a small walk-through butler’s pantry.

Take a look at the before pictures.

It was so small that I really couldn’t get good pictures of it. Cabinets on each side with doors in between.

Butler’s pantries are very common in larger New England homes. I would have loved to maintain some sort of butler’s pantry for my clients and for the character of their home but the one that was there was more of a closet. We were able to utilize the space in the kitchen by eliminating it so it was worth the sacrifice. My clients used the butler’s pantry as more of a bar than a butler’s pantry. They had a wine refrigerator in there and stored their glassware and liquor. Their request was to have a designated area in the kitchen where they could define it as “the bar”. So we found the perfect spot outside of the main work triangle on the wall adjacent to the formal dining room. To define it as the bar area but not make it totally different, we used a slightly darker color on the cabinets, Windsbreath by Benjamin Moore (the main part of the kitchen is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore) and we changed the finish on the cabinet hardware and faucets to satin brass. For a wow factor we decided that the stone slab backsplash needed to run all the way up the wall to the crown molding and behind floating glass shelves. Executing this was tricky. The span of the shelves was 36” so they needed to be ½” thick tempered glass. I wanted to make sure that they were supported because you just never know what people will put on them, so we routed the stone to accept the glass as well as the sides of the cabinet.

Last but certainly not least, we decided to have the bar sink made of the same Imperial Danby Marble. It is just this little unexpected detail that says so much! Take a look at how it all came together.

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