two of them on the bench. “Initially, the
decision was space-driven, but it ended up
becoming a major design element in the
room,” Ada says.
Annie Elliott, owner of Washington, D.C.-based Bossy Color, helped her longtime
clients make the room feel as much like
a living space as it does a kitchen. The
unique color palette blends warm and cool
tones in the woods, metals, marble countertop and hand-painted tile backsplash.
“The gray cabinets give it a sense of sub-
dued elegance,” Ada says. Brass cabinet
hardware pops against the gray and coor-
dinates with the Jonathan Adler Puzzle
Chandelier over the table.
Cream and red fabrics on the dining
chairs and the bay window seat cushion
and pillows pull the entire look together.
The cheery cotton prints were stain-
treated for durability and easy cleaning.
“We wanted this room to be beautiful,”
Ada says, “but, most importantly, to be
functional and fit the way we live.” n
Top: The Johnsons’ new kitchen is stylish, welcoming and functional. A massive 60-inch
range is on display, while the 30-inch all-refrigeration unit and a 24-inch all-freezer unit are
both cleverly concealed behind neat gray cabinet panels.
Bottom: A large but poorly configured walk-in storage closet was converted into a butler’s
pantry with a wet bar, wine fridge and ice maker. The floor-to-ceiling dry goods storage
cabinets were enhanced with a decorative gold wire mesh and faux leather detail. “That
space went from marginally useful to an integral part of the kitchen,” says homeowner
Ada Fernandez Johnson.