The kitchen is the center of our swirling, busy lives, the nexus of life’s daily chaos, the eye of the storm, so to speak. It’s where young minds sharpen over homework assignments, where heirloom family recipes fill the air with mouthwatering aromas, where we make life-changing decisions over bills and where we gather together to break bread and laugh with loved ones. And the heart of this busy home certainly seems to capture the zen-like calm said to exist within the eye of the storm.
With its natural light softly filtering through the windows onto gorgeous white Alabama marble, subtle bronze accents, a stately Wolf range, gorgeous oriental rugs in subtle hues and meaningful pieces of art, this family kitchen serves as a peaceful space, perfect for hosting life’s ups and downs.
“The homeowners are dream clients, which we knew from working with them on their previous home kitchen,” says Cyndy Cantley, lead designer of Birmingham kitchen design firm Cantley & Company. “The kitchen was a very typical ’70s update with stark white cabinetry and brown granite countertops. Their only request was for us to do what we do best: make the kitchen beautiful and functional and stay in keeping with the home’s architecture.”
“They are a joy to work with, and having worked on two of their houses, I totally understand their taste and style,” says the home’s interior designer, Iris Thorpe of Iris&Co. “She is just naturally drawn to white, so we usually start there, and then the room unfolds. This home was very interesting, because the style was totally different from their previous home. My challenge was to make our previous purchases work in a new home. For me, it is always exciting to see how things look in a new surrounding.”
This kitchen combines a modern sense of style with an understated elegance that seems almost timeless, a fitting backdrop for the family’s day-to-day busyness to blossom into treasured memories. This refined, light-filled space perfectly illustrates why the ideal white kitchen is an enduring classic!
Thank you to Jean Allsopp for today’s beautiful photography.
Farm sink, faucet and pot filler: Waterworks
Hardware: Cantley & Company; Brandino Brass Co.
Cabinetry: Cantley & Company
Alabama white marble: Triton Stone
Stone fabricator: Birmingham Marbleworks LLC (205) 988-5585
Appliances: Wolf range, SubZero refrigerator and freezer and Asko dishwasher from Ferguson
Sconces: Gregorius|Pineo through Iris&Co.
Rugs: King’s House Oriental Rugs
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