There’s a synergy in this exquisite kitchen designed by John Starck, president of Showcase Kitchens in Manhasset, New York, who describes his clients’ taste as an ornamental blend of beaux arts and traditional. “We pushed the envelope with ornamentation as far as transitional that is refined, which makes it all the more enticing,” he says.
Goose Pond is a 625-acre lake located in Grafton County in western New Hampshire. A secluded body of water with beautiful views, it offers a tranquil, peaceful location for homeowners and vacationers. “We had been looking for the perfect spot to build for several years. We saw a home in South Carolina that had a lovely modern English-cottage feel, but we weren’t completely happy with the location,” explains Audrey Brown, owner of this 6,500-square-foot home. “When we came upon this lot on Goose Pond in Canaan, New Hampshire, we fell in love with it and the area. We knew that this was the right place to build our cottage.”
When you buy an older house, it takes effort to personalize it and make it your own. Just ask designer Tammara Stroud of Seattle-based interior design firm Tammara Stroud Design. “The previous owners of this home installed a kitchen island that was about five feet tall and functioned as a display cabinet rather than an island for food prep, entertaining, and dining,” Stroud explains. That choice worked well for the former residents, but Stroud’s clients needed to make a change. “For this young family, the kitchen represents the heart and soul of the home. The original island placement made the space feel disconnected from the rest of the house. It did not feel friendly or welcoming,” says Stroud.