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March 18, 2016
Inspired by a Swedish painting, Danish-American designer Susan Serra updates her home kitchen in Long Island, New York, with a dose of Scandinavian éclat.
Kitchen renovation in New England by Susan Serra

Kitchen designer Susan Serra embarked on a deeply personal project when she set to update her own home kitchen, a multigenerational gathering spot for a family that loves to cook. Combining elements from her Danish background and coastal setting on Long Island, the resulting combination of colors and style influences were initially inspired, she says, by a Swedish painting that she and her husband purchased to commemorate their 40th anniversary, which sits above the light gray cabinetry from Cabico (top right). 

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Kitchen renovation by Susan Serra in New England

Serra installed new Dinesen oak flooring throughout, finished in matte white oil, in the Scandinavian tradition. She also replaced two curved-top windows with one large, rectangular picture frame window to emphasize the light and coastal scenery. The vintage handwoven Swedish rugs add warmth to the overal palette of cool blue and pale neutral tones.

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Kitchen renovation by Susan Serra in New Englad

A vintage mahogany cabinet by Borge Morgensen, covered with a floral wallpaper by Josef Frank, adds a dose of cheerful color to the adjacent dining area.

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Kitchen renovation by Susan Serra in New England

Agate drawer pulls and a backplash of Cosentino's Silestone Albedo pair with a Gaggenau full-surface induction cooktop. The walls throughout were painted in White Tie from Farrow & Ball.

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Kitchen renovation by Susan Serra in New England

A sectional sofa raised to dining height furnishes the dining area, along with vintage Hans Wegner chairs upholstered in ostrich leather. Serra custom-made the table, using Cosentino's Dekton x-Gloss Halo. The rug is from Scandinavian Made.

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Kitchen renovation by Susan Serra in New England

A mix of vintage ceramics and artworks soften the minimal, top-of-the-line appliances. Serra sourced the ovens from Gaggenau, and the Dekton Borea countertops from Cosentino. The Kohler sink is paired with a touchless faucet, which is easier on the hands for the whole family.

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Kitchen renovation in New England by Susan Serra

Kitchen designer Susan Serra embarked on a deeply personal project when she set to update her own home kitchen, a multigenerational gathering spot for a family that loves to cook. Combining elements from her Danish background and coastal setting on Long Island, the resulting combination of colors and style influences were initially inspired, she says, by a Swedish painting that she and her husband purchased to commemorate their 40th anniversary, which sits above the light gray cabinetry from Cabico (top right). 

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