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December 16, 2015
These countertop islands aren't just expressions of character—they're one of the most active spaces of the home, made for working and entertaining.
white-washed oak floors and clear-coated pine accent wall in Texas renovation by Arbib Hughey Design.

An unctuous, curved kitchen island mirrors a volumetric void in the adjacent living room of this home in Hill Country, Texas. “We wanted to keep the color palette light and neutral by using a bright white for the walls and a subtle off-white for the cabinets,” says architect Ben Arbib, who led the renovation. “We also chose to accent the space with natural materials, from the white-washed oak floors and clear-coated pine accent wall to the steel fireplace and stair rails.” 

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Originally appeared in A Retired Couple Gives Their Home of Three Decades a Modern Renovation
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Kitchen with custom island.

Built in a forest, this Montreal lake house lets its location inform its sinuous shape. Architect Paul Bernier’s firm designed the built-in storage, seating area, and kitchen island to be intentionally abstract, directing attention to the forest outside. Cabinetmaker Pixel & Scie manufactured the furniture. 

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Originally appeared in Local Wood and a Green Roof Make this Montreal Home One with Nature
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Bancroft residence open kitchen with sliding doors.

The wrap-around kitchen island of a family home near Lake Tahoe opens to the elements thanks to sliding doors from C.R. Laurence. 

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Originally appeared in A Forest Sanctuary Designed to Support Autistic Triplets, Their Parents, and a Host of Caregivers
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Mondern Boston family kitchen renovation that's wheelchair accessible

In renovating the 90-square-foot kitchen of a Boston apartment, architect Chris Greenawalt drew upon both spatial and material solutions to create a pleasing and wheelchair-accessible space to accommodate all three of its tenants. 

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Originally appeared in A Hands-On Renovation Makes a Cramped City Kitchen Wheelchair-Accessible
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Silestone’s Cemento gray quartz countertops in kitchen of Montreal renovation by Anne Sophie Goneau.

When designer Anne Sophie Goneau first ascended the stairs of a century-old triplex to reach its highest door, she found a site filled with low standards: a series of light-obstructing walls cornered off rooms and boxed in a tiny kitchen. Opting to make the most of its prime location in downtown Montreal, she removed the walls, creating an inviting, open-plan kitchen. Sico’s Grey Frost white paint covers the majority of the walls in the kitchen and dining room, while the countertops are Silestone’s gray quartz in a Cemento shade.

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Originally appeared in A Montreal Renovation Uncovers Rich, Century-Old Architecture
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living area in Modern home renovation in Chicago

Subway tile walls and copper windows evoke the gritty past of this home inside a 100-year-old Chicago switching station, while a new stainless steel kitchen island and wall of IKEA storage provide a more modern feel.  

Originally appeared in Raw Materials Connect this Chicago Renovation with its Industrial Past
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Normann Copenhagen pendant lamps in Prague kitchen renovation.

At this Prague maisonette, pendant lamps from Normann Copenhagen illuminate the kitchen, all of which was fabricated by the woodworking studio Dyzyk according to resident Dagmar Stepanova's designs. 

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Originally appeared in A Sleek Kitchen and Double Bathroom Renovation in Prague
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white-washed oak floors and clear-coated pine accent wall in Texas renovation by Arbib Hughey Design.

An unctuous, curved kitchen island mirrors a volumetric void in the adjacent living room of this home in Hill Country, Texas. “We wanted to keep the color palette light and neutral by using a bright white for the walls and a subtle off-white for the cabinets,” says architect Ben Arbib, who led the renovation. “We also chose to accent the space with natural materials, from the white-washed oak floors and clear-coated pine accent wall to the steel fireplace and stair rails.” 

Photo by Whit Preston.

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