Like so many projects Divine and their senior designer Michael Hanna take on, the pre-existing spaces are often dated and lacking the luxury amenities our clients are searching for. Thus, Hanna and his team of Design + Build experts had their hands understandably full for this whole-home renovation in Boston’s South End. From faux-painted red cabinetry to the stuff transitional/shaker-style dreams are made of, Michael and Divine Design Build put their experience to the test. And, spoiler alert *** TOTALLY NAILED IT.
While living in a city provides access to any and all that one might desire at a drop of a hat, living in a city also limits accessibility to Design + Build companies like yours truly. However, longstanding improvements in the industry make it easier as time goes on. Case in point? Craning in a solid sheet of glass, and the whole lot of cabinets to a third floor walk up in Boston’s South End neighborhood.
So, cranes aside. The renovation of this beautiful-to-be condo came with a lot of decision making on the part of DDB designer Michael Hanna.
The homeowners in the case chose Michael based off of his ability to blend transitional tastes with modern design. Hence the frameless, shaker style door fronts perfectly matched to modern accents found in the engineered stones gracing the kitchen and bathroom countertops. Similarly, modern furnishings deep routed in the floor-to-(near)ceiling glass shower space play nicely with more traditional modes of the selection of the bathroom hardware.
The clients opted for a Wolf range and hood, and from there, the construction process followed suit. Divine provided plumbing, electric, installation and general labor services in both the master/powder baths and as well for the kitchen. Luckily, in the kitchen, hardwood floors were already existing in the condo. So, a simple patch and refinish job was all that was required.
New cabinets were ordered based on the redesign of the kitchens and bathrooms. The cabinets came from Hampshire, an American cabinet company. Similarly, the tile and backsplashes provided for the project were A.K.D.O. (for the range wall) and Soho Studio (for the sink wall). Furthermore, the bathrooms were embellished in “Blanc Linen” from Daltile.
In lieu of bathroom tiles, Michael opted for neutral, creme-y Cambria engineered stones for the bathroom and consequential kitchen countertops. Ooh La LA.
Subsequent hardware came from manufacturers Brizo and Atlas Hardware in all three before mentioned project spaces.
Ultimately, the beauty lies in the details of this project. The serenity encapsulated throughout this city condo parlays seamless intrigue. However, installations of objects such as “under cabinet lighting” in the kitchen provide for genius in the design from Michael Hanna.
The final result is undeniably spectacular. Michael’s integration of white with subtle grey accents (like on the base of the island) opens up the kitchen, while also escaping the trials associating with “whitewashing”. While white is upheld, and minimalism is gained, texture plays a redound role in spicing this kitchen up (without the use of red pepper flakes, and etc. wink). A herringbone tile backsplash, mixed with an engineered Cambria counter-top eradicates this kitchen from the norm. The kitchen island’s juxtaposing soft, yet grotesque features in the material hi-light a much-needed breath of fresh air.
Similarly, the stainless steel appliances from Bosch, and Brizo + Atlas accessories add depth and sheen to the white-centric space.
Additionally, the designer’s choice in medium to light hardwood floors create notes of glossy, shine with movement in the wood’s own structure. Space feels as if it is breathing…breathing in fresh air and sunshine.
recessed lighting adds to the minimalist elements enacted throughout the space, while the white cabinets from Hampshire cabinetry similarly open up space further.
Beautiful designs from a spectacularly inept designer.
Instead of a 1980’s retrospective, we’re saying hello to the future. And, the future is now. Enter Divine Design Center + Build designer Samantha DeMarco and her team of contractors. The setting? Brookline, Massachusetts (a quiet neighborhood of the greater Boston area). The calling? Convert a couple’s kitchens from blah to boo-ya. The journey-ing? Leicht kitchens + cabinets everywhere. The Challenge-ing? Finding a way to combine one couple’s love for the eclectic with the clean, sleek lines of a modern kitchen. Ready. Set. Go.
As is the case with many kitchen before-and-afters, this Brookline abode begged for a lighter attitude. Although inklings of retro-cool drifted about with the beside pictured wallpaper, there is no doubt that this house only feigned glamour. For, the closed floor-plans and white appliances of yesterday’s past antiquated the general ambiance.
Furthermore, the new owners of this not-so humble abode were not just lovers of pops of color, but also of art. Samantha, DDC designer, managed to integrate cheeky nods to the homeowner’s passion for visual elements. This foremost important element is relevant through niche shelving from Leicht, which hi-lights a curio of art pieces. Similarly, the couple’s daughter talent for stained glass becomes a focal point in the kitchen windows.
In the end, Samantha chose from a wide array of options in designing this new kitchen. For the kitchen cabinets, DeMarco solidified the modern aesthetic through Leicht handle-less and form grip-rail cabinets. Additionally, the cabinet fronts envelop in a frosty-white lacquer.
Custom-paneled fronts for the Thermador dishwasher and refrigerator were also applied to this project. In line with the above mentioned appliances, the clients and their designer opted for Thermador in lieu of filling cook top, range hood and double ovens needs.
For the nice shelving, and left-hand cabinet finishes, Samantha and her clients decided to break up the white-on-white kitchen design with vertical-grained oak cabinet fronts. The “Stone Oak” finish is a Leicht natural-wood veneer.
Find out more about other projects from Samantha DeMarco and Divine Design Center here.
~ Madison Silvers
"Mariette, you and your team have been a pleasure to work with. I am thrilled with my kitchen and my bathroom vanities and would highly recommend your firm. If you ever want to have people stop by my house to show them any of the cabinetry, I would be proud to show off my kitchen and bathrooms. Thank you again and best wishes for much continued success!"
- R.G. Sudbury, MA