In order to accommodate homeowners who love to host guests, this kitchen was thoughtfully designed to be functional, yet contemporary and sleek. The large kitchen island can act as an informal dining area as well as the perfect area to serve food. The white quartzite used for the countertops functions similarly to granite in that it is sturdy and handles a wide range of temperatures--necessary for a client who spends a lot of time in the kitchen.
While a beautiful polished quartzite was chosen as the countertop of the kitchen island, a more durable quartz was chosen for the surrounding perimeter countertops. The quartz prevents any spills from turning into stains and wears well throughout its use.
To provide a dramatic entrance into the home, a stunning slab of quartzite was chosen as wall art for the breakfast area which is viewed from the front door. A fluted glass chandelier illuminates the quartzite, while adding glamour to the room. A sideboard inlaid with mother of pearl completes the space.
This beautiful master bathroom pulls elements from traditional and modern design styles. Recessed lighting paired with modern globe sconces -- and a small window over the shower -- ensures an always-bright space. Lena white marble, quartzite counters and limestone floors make the room feel rich and inviting.
In this light-filled blue-and-white kitchen, a mix of materials helps break up the large expanse of the central island and define its multiple functions. For the prep zone, designer Kathleen Walsh chose Vermont White Quartzite while watershed-finished walnut warms up the breakfast bar area.
A mix of stone, marble and tiles create a rich and elegant master bathroom. The shower is Lena white marble with a floor of small circular tiles, the vanity a quartzite material, and the floors a darker-toned limestone.
A sideboard, inspired by a buffet shown at the renowned 1928 Paris Exhibition, serves as the perfect bar. With pocket doors and a lighted interior, the cabinet is finished in Jupiter walnut, maple, copper gold and mother of pearl detailing. A large quartzite panel mounted above is the perfect decoration to finish the look.
This modern master bathroom features a mix of stone surfaces for a polished finish. Ocean blue travertine walls, fusion quartzite counters and seagrass limestone flooring create a sharp, geometrical look with calming neutral colors. A large vanity mirror and glass enclosed shower keep the room feeling open and spacious. Floating wood shelves stack beside the bathtub for easy and organized storage.
This light and bright kitchen blends brown and white wood cabinets, as well as a few glass front cabinets, with neutral quartzite countertops. Robin's egg blue stools line the kitchen island, while a white subway tile backsplash and hardwood floors provide finishing touches.
To add warmth to the white kitchen, designers added White Oak detail around the space's upper cabinet. This addition plays nicely off the White Oak flooring. Subtle texture throughout the space, in details such as the white herringbone tile backsplash and the gray and black veining in the quartzite countertop, kept the space feeling light and airy, while contrast was used sparingly and the Turkish Kilim rug adds pattern and a playful, cheery style to the otherwise neutral color scheme.
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines combined a formerly separated and cramped kitchen and dining room into a living space with lots of breathing room by cutting a wide archway. Rustic details like the shiplap wood trim on the range hood and dining room wall and open shelving are balanced by the white subway tile backsplash and quartzite countertops.
The homeowners wanted a light, airy kitchen space that blends into the outdoor entertainment space. To help achieve this goal, designers installed walls of windows to separate the indoor and outdoor spaces. This feature allows plenty of beautiful natural light into the space to reflect off of the neutral color palette, creating the feel the homeowners desired.
To help the dining room maintain its airy feeling despite its small space, designers used a glass top table with a sculptural wood base. The finish on the dining chair legs are painted so that they coordinated with the chandelier, while the upholstery adds the texture and black and gray contrast that is carried throughout these two spaces.