It’s difficult to love your home when you enjoy cooking and entertaining but your kitchen has old oak cabinets, laminate countertops, a smaller refrigerator and precious-little storage. These Boston Metro West homeowners were involved in state politics and needed to entertain, but couldn’t in the space that they had. When you have to keep most of your pots and pans in the basement, it’s time to call in an expert.


Proving that you don’t have to change the square footage to make a huge impact, Divine designer Mariette Barsoum turned a dated kitchen into a stylish, cook’s dream. First, a new island replaced the existing peninsula and features deep-drawers (hello pots and pans!), granite countertop and family seating for casual dining or help with food prep.

The true test of great design is in the details. Beadboard wainscoting and a natural stone backsplash with accent tiles add beauty while magnetic paint on one wall adds whimsy and functionality for this family. The detailed legs on the island and built-in cabinet with hammered drawer pulls accent the Shaker style, while providing stunning contrast to the lighter main cabinets.


To bring the kitchen up to “chef” standards, a professional range, second oven, and generous refrigerator were included. By replacing a shallow closet with an elegant, built-in cabinet, the homeowners now have more storage than ever.

The kitchen now easily flows into the adjoining family room and an adjacent powder room was refreshed to welcome guests. Now this Shaker-inspired kitchen is harmonious and elegant…all without adding square footage.

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"You were there from start to finish, listening to our needs, transforming those to a kitchen concept and design that captured those requirements and then ensuring execution of these plans, making them come to life!

You demonstrated a true understanding of your craft — your ideas were inventive, fresh and complemented the space we had to work with. All of these things are testimony to your professionalism, knowledge, skill creativity and most important, customer satisfaction."

- K.G. Newton, MA