Decorative inspiration: working with a U-shaped island

Ana Bonilla has completely reconfigured her clients’ Newton kitchen. To remedy the rambling layout, the owner of AnaVera Design knocked down a wall between the kitchen and the family room and closed the door to the formal dining room. Although the clients didn’t ask for an open kitchen, creating one allowed for a cohesive U-shaped layout with a central island filled with storage. “They were very keen on keeping the dining room separate and having a table where all five could eat in the kitchen,” Bonilla says.

1 The hard pine table is tied to the beam the team added when opening the ceiling of the adjacent family room. “The table is very strong, which was important because they use it to spread the dough,” says Bonilla.

2 To save on cost, the Roman shades, made from Schumacher Citrus Garden fabric, do not move. “They didn’t need privacy, but the shades added a lot of look with a pop of color,” says Bonilla.

3 “Ceilings aren’t high enough for island pendants, but globe lights are still fun,” the designer says of the Mitzi recessed lights. The Mitzi pendant above the table is linked to the sea island.

4 Open shelves for cookbooks and herbs occupy a corner next to the newly enlarged window above the sink. “Rustic wood accents make the space look more eclectic and less pristine,” says Bonilla.

5 Hand-painted tiles make a statement behind the range, while the rest of the backsplash is made of machine-made textured tiles in varying shades of white. “We guided them to areas where it made sense to spend,” Bonilla explains.

6 The family can pass objects through the glass cabinets between the kitchen and the dining room. The setup also provides display space and lets light into the room.

Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to Globe Magazine. Send your comments to [email protected].

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