interior designer with Anthony Wilder.
“She wanted a look that was going to be
casual but still [be] able to entertain.”
;e Hurleys bought a custom-made
Lacanche range imported from France.
;e 600-pound unit with cast iron plates
on top was a “bear” to get inside, Cindy
says, but worth the e;ort. ;e variation in
the heat on each burner allows her to get
sauces just right, and the gas oven roasts
meat like no other. “;ere is tremendous
power in this machine,” Cindy says.
;e reconfigured kitchen space, with
larger windows and wider openings to
the adjacent rooms, welcomes additional
light. It has made being in the kitchen
so enjoyable that Cindy says she’s enter-
taining more than ever and feeling
inspired, taking pictures of her food and
sharing them on Instagram. “My friends
have given up on cooking—we’re all in
our early 60s now—but they come here
all the time,” she says. Although the Hur-
leys’ kids are older (ages 28, 32 and 34),
they come home often and invite friends.
With the kitchen opening up to the
dining room, there is more room for
entertaining. ;e red wall paint and
mahogany furniture are gone from the
dining room, replaced with a lighter color
palette, creating a breezy feel. Keira St.
Claire-Bowery, an interior designer with
Anthony Wilder, used a variety of natu-
ral materials—linen, cotton, iron, wood,
sisal—“to create a home that would put
[the Hurleys] and their guests at ease,
an elegant yet carefree and welcoming
home,” St. Claire-Bowery says.
“Opening up spaces within an exist-
ing footprint can provide better flow
within a home,” Anthony Wilder says.
“In this house, we visually expanded the
lines of sight by opening doorways from
the first-floor living and dining rooms
to the kitchen, the nerve center of the
home where neighbors, friends and
family gather. We established a visual
connection between the interior and
exterior spaces by converting windows
to glass doorways, which allowed more
natural light to fill the newly opened
kitchen and dining spaces.”
While the focal point of the Hurleys’ new
kitchen is the island (opposite), which
features a marble top and barstools, the
custom-made Lacanche range was a priority
for the homeowners. The Hurleys moved
the laundry room downstairs to make room
for a walk-in pantry, coffee bar area (above),
wine cooler and built-in china cabinet.
;ere were some surprises, as is often
the case with interior renovations. As
the team tried to install new support
beams in the basement to accommodate
the wider door openings in the kitchen,
they discovered standing water under
the concrete slab. ;e soil was too soft to
support the new load, a serious problem
if not addressed. “We had to put anchors
deep below on firm soil, attach steel columns and fill the holes with concrete,”
says lead carpenter George Noble.