Renovating a historic home can be a daunting task, but to get into a desirable neighborhood in a tight real estate market, sometimes renovation is required to breathe new life into a more affordable older home. Such was the case with these Newton homeowners who wisely chose to tackle their renovation with a team of experts: an architect and Divine’s designer, Mariette Barsoum, CKD, to make sure no detail was overlooked.


Barsoum worked hand-in-hand with her clients to choose every element, from the crushed glass mosaic backsplash to the time-honored farmhouse sink. Inspired by the simplicity of Mission-style, the design includes furniture-like pieces such as the beautifully turned legs of the spacious island.

Accenting the beautiful wood graining of the quartersawn oak custom cabinet is a stained glass window from the previous kitchen that was seamlessly integrated into the new design. The rich brown tones of the cabinet compliment the delicate veining in the granite counters. The main run of cabinets are painted a custom-selected, crisp, historic, color that was and are accented by the silver-colored stainless appliances, drawer pulls, over-the-stove pot filler, and modern pendant lights above the island.


Designer Mariette Barsoum not only delivered on her promise to create a beautiful, functional kitchen, but the renovation is also LEED GOLD-certified. It may be historic, but this home now has every modern convenience and is energy efficient!

Historic renovations take extra care and consideration, but the Divine team has the expertise needed. Learn how design+build is possible even on older homes.

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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