An Updated Kitchen with a Relaxed Beach Vibe
August 3, 2022
A Fairfield beach house is upgraded with a bright and airy coastal style kitchen.
Text by Paula M. Bodah Photography by Jane Beiles
What’s a couple to do when their family has outgrown their home but loves their neighborhood too much to move? For the clients of Courtney Yanni and Meghan De Maria, partners at Moss Design, the solution was a home renovation that included enlarging and reconfiguring the kitchen. The two designers were on board early in the project as Southport architect Donald William Fairbanks came up with a plan that pushed the back of the Fairfield beach house out and added a pantry and mudroom along with the larger kitchen.
With two teenagers, the couple wanted a casual feel that encourages hanging together as a family. “They wanted kind of a beach vibe,” Yanni says.
The airy new kitchen sports white upper cabinets, interrupted here and there by open wood shelves, that float like clouds on an expanse of glossy sky-blue tile. Shiny white quartz tops the lower cabinets and the island. “We often do honed surfaces,” De Maria says, “but this kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural light, so we chose reflective surfaces.” And for a sophisticated touch, the designers added a bar, outfitted in pale blue cabinets and a mirrored back, to suit the grown-up new kitchen.