Kitchen Trends


Post-modern kitchen from Kitchen Trends

Sleek, streamlined and uncluttered – this remodeled kitchen is everything the former Mediterranean-style kitchen wasn’t.

Story by Colleen Hawkes
Photography by Jessica Klewicki Glynn

Published May 22, 2014




Compromises are often made when you buy a property, but accentuating the positive and changing the negative can give you the home you always wanted.

The owners of this house loved the open, flowing layout of the interior, but they weren’t keen on the heavy, traditional Mediterranean-style cabinetry in the kitchen, says designer Krista Watterworth Alterman.

“The existing kitchen was also small, lacked the required functionality, and there was no sense of symmetry,” she says. “And even though large windows frame the room, it felt like a dark, cluttered space.”

Alterman says her clients wanted a post-modern look, without sacrificing comfort. The kitchen needed to be fresh, vibrant and contemporary, and have plenty of storage.

Alterman’s solution was to utilize every inch of space to make the kitchen larger. A multifunctional island was introduced, providing a generous work space, casual dining area and a place for family and friends to gather and socialize.

“We chose dark-stained sapele wood for the cabinetry, so the rest of the palette is light and airy,” says the designer. “The doors are sleek and clean lined, as are the countertops. Those on the perimeter feature low-maintenance engineered stone, but for the island we chose a stained concrete top, which provides the urban undercurrent the owners desired.”

Alterman says the main challenge was marrying the traditional elements of the home with the contemporary furniture and cabinetry.

“I love to wed rustic with minimalist. The bar stools, for example, have a traditional form, but with contemporary oversized chrome nail heads.”

Storage has tripled with the new cabinets. Overhead doors pop up easily, and have automated interior lighting. Alterman also provided custom drawer inserts for the clients’ collections of cutlery, glassware and ceramics.

Credit List:

Kitchen designer : Krista Watterworth Alterman, Krista Watterworth Design Studio (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
Cabinet company : Cabinets By Design
Cabinetry : Quarter-cut sapele
Cabinet automation : Blum Aventos
Cabinet lighting : Hera
Countertops : NQ09 Woven Wool; stained concrete, Daltile quartz
Backsplash : Daltile City View tiles
Floor tiles : Naturella marble
Paints : Benjamin Moore
Bar stools : Marcello by Ballard Designs
Dining chairs : Restoration Hardware
Lighting : Restoration Hardware barrel shade pendant; FontanaArte Flute 3 pendant lamp, Moooi Random light
Sink : Kohler Vault
Faucets : Kohler Purist