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Grace and charm This kitchen in a new home extends the aesthetic of its classic surroundings Above: This light-filled kitchen by Holly Erotas of Erotas Building Corporation, Jeff Murphy of Murphy and Co Design and Maureen Haggerty of Mint Interior Design connects with its surroundings in terms of both color scheme and detailing. The owners are avid chefs and the cabinetry offers a wealth of dedicated storage, including a cupboard earmarked for one owner’s collection of condiments and sauces.


A kitchen can connect to its surroundings in everything from door profiles to a color scheme. However, for a traditional interior it may be the almost intangible factors of poise and lightness that closely marry a design to its wider setting. Such was the case for this project by builder Holly Erotas, architect Jeff Murphy and interior designer Maureen Haggerty. Erotas says the kitchen was a priority for the owners and took precedence within the greater layout. “We became involved early on, before the house was designed. This meant I could plan for spacious, functional work triangles and a

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balanced, airy feel, as well as create easy connections with the adjoining living spaces. The U-shaped kitchen is open to the great room and the dining room.” Several elements tie the kitchen back to the classic-look interiors. The ceiling-height wall cabinetry continues the crown mouldings seen in the great room and throughout the home. All cabinet doors have subtle panel mouldings and the surfaces have been lightly rubbed to further evoke an old-world charm. “We painted the perimeter cabinets white, an extension of the use of this color on most

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