A khaki kitchen looks ultra chic and almost historical in an elegant beach house.
This khaki kitchen, by California designer Michael S. Smith, is part of a 4500 square-foot home on Martha’s Vineyard designed for a media executive and his wife who had spent many summers on the island. “A while kitchen is a beautiful idea,” Smith told Architectural Digest “but it’s just become too much of a feminine cliché for every house that’s within five miles of a beach.” Some severity and rusticity was in store and this kitchen with its drab green color scheme and black appliances seemed to fall in with a quasi-historic house aesthetic. Though not quite. Details like sliding glass doors on upper cabinets and fretwork on the apron end of the marble-topped English island dress things up. The high end look continues with taste-making statements like a hulky steel hood over the black Viking range and the luminous Lascaux Tile range guard — the kitchen’s centerpiece. There also is a good helping of bling: two Urban Archaeology green-finish cargo pendants, over a honed marble island counter, add a nautical touch. For a house of this size the kitchen seems surprisingly sane with a low key kind of glamor.
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