Karen Berkemeyer redesigned the heart of this beautiful Ridgefield home to have a better flow in and out of the kitchen, which was previously obstructed by a large peninsula blocking access to the side patio. Working around the two columns in the island was a challenge; Karen tackled this with a Corian concrete material which allowed for the countertop to seamlessly wrap around each column. The island also contained a raised wood-stained section for seating. In order to create a more functional cooking space, the range top and double ovens were moved closer together and counter space was added on both sides. The star of this kitchen is the stunning scallop mosaic backsplash in a glimmering 1/8″ thick rivershell, reflecting back natural light from the above skylights.
Since the previous butler’s pantry flowed directly into the kitchen, it was important to give it its own defined space. Walls were put up between the kitchen and dining room, giving us the flexibility to use different colored cabinetry. Both spaces were designed with Pioneer beaded inset custom cabinetry, the kitchen in pearl white and butler’s pantry in willow green. In an attempt to make the butler’s pantry feel wider, Karen used a special marble countertop with a mirrored backsplash.
Designed by Karen Berkemeyer
Photography by Joe Buzzeo