#2 Kitchen Remodel
“This has a timeless appeal that was inspired by the Old
World, classical look,” says designer Anjum Razvi, ASID. Aided
by Elizabeth Valsecchi of Kitchen & Bath Studio, Razvi combined
Italian design elements with contemporary convenience.
Originally, the kitchen had a square, symmetrical floor plan with
inadequate natural light and doorways aligned in a straight row.
Razvi raised the ceiling height and added four skylights, filling
the space with sunlight. Moving a cooktop from a wall to the island
provides a view through windows in all directions. The designer
also moved an opening between the kitchen and family room, adding
an arched top.
Warm pumpkin-toned walls in Venetian plaster provide a backdrop
for new white cabinets installed at varied heights. To add further
visual interest, the designer created stepped levels for the granite
countertop and added curves to a newly-installed island.
Italian mosaic Villa Rustica tile, hand-cut with red and terra
cotta hues, provides a colorful backsplash detail that wraps around
the entire kitchen. A cast glass insert in the pantry door features
a motif of pears and berries, enhancing the Italian theme.
“Everything is hidden,” Razvi says of the island’s
appliances, which include dishwasher drawers and refrigerator drawers
tucked behind appliances to meet the homeowners’ needs when
The kitchen is equipped with a Lutron lighting control system to
create different moods for a variety of functions.
Razvi also transformed a powder room off the entry, adding travertine
flooring, cherry cabinetry, a glass sink and nickel-finished French
faucet to dress up the space. An upholstered wall treatment in a
tropical print infuses the room with color. Since there wasn’t
room for a skylight, the designer added an extra-large Solartube
to brighten up the once-dim powder room.