Style Profile: The Modern Cottage Kitchen

published Nov 6, 2014
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“Quaint” doesn’t have to mean outdated, and contemporary certainly doesn’t mean cold. The best kitchens are warm and inviting while still emphasizing function and cleanliness. We love how renowned Kitchen Designer Susan Serra brings together quaint and modern in a Scandinavian-inspired kitchen for a small cottage on Martha’s Vineyard. We took a tour to see how the fixtures and finishes she chose bring the space together.

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Susan Serra’s cottage kitchen integrates modern forms in the shape of new fixtures from DXV that blend effortlessly with vintage Scandinavian accents and clean contemporary finishes. Comfortable and chic, it’s a functional kitchen that invites joyful cooking—and living.

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Comfort + Flow

Unlike kitchens that are centered around cooking and the appliances that entails, Susan centered the kitchen around a built-in banquette that’s an intimate space for dining but can also be used outside of mealtimes. By focusing the design on a space that says, “come over here and sit, dine, work, relax, nap, prep, talk, think….be” Susan gives the kitchen a social soul.

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Norwegian Wood

Warm cabinetry gives the Modern Cottage kitchen an earthy feel that perfectly complements the capacious farm sink Susan chose. Pairing contemporary lines with earthy finishes brings in sense of warmth without sacrificing the clean design. The cabinets’ lines echo Scandinavian influences seen elsewhere in the space and give the room a modern edge that isn’t too sharp.

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Functional Forms

Susan chose simple fixtures like the Contemporary Pot Filler and the Fresno Faucet, treating them like sculptures on display rather than just functional fixtures. Set against warm wood tones or a neutral silestone backsplash, they become focal points of the overall design.

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