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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"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