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New Jersey Monthly Oct. 2009
New Jersey Monthly Oct. 2009

Current Kitchens Like its residents, New Jersey’s kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. We scoured the state and found these noteworthy examples of current styles. — by Lauren Payne

Accommodating a large family—the couple has six children—may have been the purpose of renovating this Short Hills kitchen, but remaining true to the traditional style of the home was the goal. “This space needs to function for a large family. Everyone eats at the table together,” says designer Janet Simon, who tackled the project a few years back. The large center island became the focal point—as a gathering space as well as a food—prep area—and everything else “just fell into place around it,” Simon says.

This is a kitchen that works hard, she adds, with top-of-the-line appliances, two sinks and two dishwashers, and counters of polished marble and highly sealed mahogany butcher block (both of which clean up easily). What makes the design traditional? The white cabinets are classic, both in color and styling. “Flat recessed panels, carved columns and baseboards, even the hardware style is traditional,” says Simon. Random-width oak flooring, crown moldings, and a coffered ceiling “are all classically traditional,” she adds. Stainless steel elements may appear current but “steel is actually as old as anything. It’s a very basic material that’s been around forever,” says Simon.