Kitchen Before & After: A Cramped NYC Kitchen Gets a Chic Makeover

Kitchen Before & After: A Cramped NYC Kitchen Gets a Chic Makeover

Faith Durand
Apr 21, 2014

Wendy Sutter, a cellist who has performed widely in classical and modern music, loves food and cooking. A few years ago her New York apartment kitchen was remodeled with beautiful results. This small, fairly colorless space is about to get very chic. Take a look at what this kitchen looks like now:

Sutter says that she is continually inspired by beautiful food and the memories and influence of her grandmother, who cooked out of Julia Child's books and taught her to love French and Italian food. In fact, Sutter says that if she weren't a musician, she would be a chef.

For the kitchen renovation, designer Luke Mulvey was inspired by Sutter's love of beautiful things. He took a small, cramped kitchen and, without the budget or scope of a teardown renovation, created more space and light.

The result is really stunning, and we're so impressed by the final kitchen. We think it feels cool and gracious, yet warm and inviting at the same time. The natural light is wonderful, and all the tile and marble help reflect that light into the kitchen.

Here are a few notes from the designer on sources and materials used in the kitchen.

• Pendants are from Amaridian and are made in South Africa (Willowlamp)
• Backsplash is a cracked ceramic tile from Walker Zanger
• Floor is a marble (18x18) from WZ
• Countertop is a quartz, Luca de Luna, also from Walker Zanger
• Barstools are Bertoia from DWR
• Appliances are Miele and Liebherr
• Faucet and sink are Kohler
• Paint is Farrow & Ball

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This post was originally published 4.28.2010.

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