This project’s genesis started in the kitchen and worked its way out (as all things in life should). The client’s reached out to Divine Design + Build founder/lead designer Mariette Barsoum with the task of updating their family home. While the bones of this Newton abode were great, the dark and dingy reality of its then current existence were not. Furthermore, as is the case with most homes born out of the previous century, the closed-off kitchen added an additional token of dark and closed-off-ness. So, Mariette proposed raising the roof, demolishing the retaining walls of the kitchen, and thus opening up the whole space entirely. Consequently, the first floor of this Newton home became a great room, where the kitchen and living room lived in harmony.


Continuing on with the kitchen, Mariette and her clients opted to head in the direction of German manufacturing for the cabinets. The new kitchen is a combination of Leicht series Ceres and Orlando laminates in frosty white and stone oak. Similarly, a custom-stained wood flooring replaced the parquet floors that had previously been inside of the home. Modern, metal bow handles were affixed to the cabinet fronts, and add a pop of shimmer in the kitchen’s rustic, ultra-modern aesthetic. The kitchen backsplash is glass tiles from Soho Studio, picked by Mariette from the Crystal Glass Collection. Appliance wise, the clients looked to the future and selected Gaggenau induction cooktops, a fully-integrated fridge, and microwave + warming drawers.

Additionally, other nice touches found in the kitchen rely on the under-cabinet lighting from Task Lighting, as well as the accessories selections from GRAFF and Kohler.


The living room, like the kitchen, was dreamt up with the final solution aimed towards opening up the entire first floor. Consequently, we looked to our modern, European furniture partners to assimilate clean lines throughout. The contrast of the homeowners’ grand piano fit with the soft hues of the Cara sofa by Rolf Benz. Similarly, Mariette conferred with the clients and helped them select the Flaye extendable dining room table by Team 7. Complimentary dining room chairs, i.e. the Aye chair by Team 7 were upholstered in a creme-y white that matches the leather base of the table top. The space in its entirety was a combination of both design + build and interior design services from Mariette and her supporting construction team.

To find out more about Divine Design + Build and/or to learn about how we can help you on your project visit us online here, or find us at our showroom at 180 Linden Street, Wellesley MA, 02482; (781) 235-5650. 

~ Madison Silvers

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"Mariette, just wanted to let you know how happy Rick and I are with our new kitchen. We enjoyed working with you and your team. We love the design. It met all our expectations."

- J.D. Wellesley, MA