By Charlotte Safavi

Published on August 12, 2016

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A pair of clean-lined, contemporary brass pendants light the peninsula, which serves as food prep as well as an eat-in bar.

ISLAND COLOR Farrow & Ball Downpipe COUNTERTOP Carrara Marble COUNTER STOOLS Hans Wegner CH58 stool with oak/soap legs and Thor Leather PENDANTS Schoolhouse Electric Isaac Pendant in Natural Brass

Baltimore-based interior designer Elizabeth Lawson helped remodel this kitchen, along with architect Ed Hord, for a young family who moved into a century-old home in the Roland Park neighborhood.

text by   CHARLOTTE SAFAVI
photography by   JENNIFER HUGHES

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Satin brass hardware lends warmth to the kitchen, while its gold-hued presence adds a sculptural statement.

“The galley kitchen was extremely dated, with old white appliances, laminate kitchen cabinets, and linoleum counters and flooring. It was also dark and narrow,” says Lawson.


To open up the galley and create a peninsula/bar, the kitchen was structurally opened up to the adjacent dining room. Meanwhile, beneath the linoleum floor tiles, antique heart-of-pine floors were discovered, repaired and refinished with a clear coat.

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The veining on the Carrera marble picks up the charcoal paint on the lower custom cabinets, while the also custom uppers also complement its white.

BASE CABINET COLOR Farrow & Ball Downpipe UPPER CABINET & WALL COLORBenjamin Moore Decorator’s White CONTINUOUS BACKSPLASH Carrara MarbleCABINET HARDWARE Lews Hardware Round Bar Series STOVE RANGE/HOOD Blue Star

“The homeowners had wanted navy cabinets at first, but I didn’t want to pigeonhole them into a look. Navy leans more country or nautical. I had a deep grey paint in mind,” says Lawson of her decision to paint the lower cabinets in the charcoal hue.

The upper cabinets are white, both blending with the newly painted white walls and trim, and also keeping the space airy and bright. Lightly veined Carrera marble also seamlessly wraps the counters, backsplashes, and a feature wall behind the stovetop.

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On either side of the apron sink is uncluttered negative space, where by the stainless hood adds balance and symmetry to the open shelves.

SCONCES Schoolhouse Electric Princeton Mid Sconce 2.25″ in Natural Brass SINK FIXTURES Newport Brass East Linear Series in Satin Brass RUG Vintage Oushak SINK Rohl

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“We painted the custom cabinets a bright white, same color as the wall paint and trim, because i really wanted the dark cabinetry to stand alone with nothing to compete.”

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“My clients worried brass was a trend,” says Lawson of the decision to go for gold hardware and light fixtures, continuing, “But I convinced them that it would warm up the kitchen and look especially striking against the bright whites and deep grays. It’s not the shiny brass of the 1980’s but has a soft sophisticated finish.”

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Modern brushed stainless appliances replace dated ones, adding an industrial edge to the kitchen. The vintage Oushak underfoot keeps things cozy.

FRIDGE AND MICROWAVE Viking

The updated kitchen also works well in the historic home.


“I based selections not just on the overall space, but on the home and neighborhood as well. I feel like I chose things that were timeless, with the right amount of warmth, like the brass and wood elements.”

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Interior Designer: Elizabeth Lawson; www.elizabethlawsondesign.com
Architect: Ed Hord
Cabinet Maker: Luke Staufer; LMS Woodcraft, Akron, PA 717/859-1909
Builder: John Tiralla; JA Tiralla Builders Inc 410/526-4440
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