some red wine, too. “Making pizza on a
white countertop has the potential for
disaster,” Rebecca says, but she says the
Polarstone quartz surface is very forgiving
and easy to clean. At first, she was set on
marble. She later decided that marble was
too delicate and opted for the low-main-tenance lookalike Calacatta Vagli with an
extra thick 2¼-inch mitered edge.
This new space is built for serious cook-
ing, but it’s also a beautiful place to enter-
tain. The warm brass tones of the door
hardware, drawer pulls, Rohl faucet, Circa
pendant lights and custom strapping on
the exhaust hood temper the cool, pale
gray-painted cabinetry and stainless steel
appliances. “Rebecca really liked the look
of the unlacquered brass because it will
develop a patina and darken to a rich
color over time,” says Tina Keppler, an
architectural designer at Gilday.
The gold tones continue on the chic
Parisian-style shelving above the new
wet bar. The whole unit sparkles with
an antiqued-mirror backdrop and unlac-
quered brass supports topped by glass
shelves. “I love the brass,” Rebecca
says. “It looks like a little bit of jewelry.”
Top: A large rear addition created plenty of square footage for a gracious informal dining
table and a large island. Rebecca Shaffer likes to mix modern and traditional elements
and was looking for simple, backless counter stools when a friend, designer Elizabeth
Kaufman, recommended slick Lucite stools with faux leather upholstery.
Bottom: A wine room was on Rob Shaffer’s wish list. Gilday Renovations’ Tina Keppler
proposed renovating an old pantry next to the existing fireplace. The closet is now air-conditioned, has a glass door and is outfitted with racks that can hold up to 130 bottles.