Laurene McGarry Bissell ~ October Designer Spotlight

Laurene McGarry-Bissell

Associate Member
Eclectic Design, Inc, Glastonbury
tele: 860.834.3752

The owner’s of this chef’s delight kitchen reside in a bungalow-style home in Wethersfield.  The wife is the granddaughter of the original owner so it was important to design a kitchen that would pay homage to the house’s family history and style, and give the owners, who are fabulous cooks and who love to entertain, a space specific to their needs.  The partial walls between the dining room and kitchen were taken down to combine the spaces for entertaining purposes and to open up the two small rooms.  Tall corner cabinets mark where the walls once were and take the eye into the kitchen area.  The small original kitchen window was replaced by a new one and boxed out to make the space feel wider and to bring in more natural light.

Laurene "Before1"

Laurene "Before2"

Laurene "Before4"

Laurene "Before3

The original floors were stained and damaged so were repaired, striped and stained a slightly darker color to enhance the graining.
Taupe walls and detailed backsplash tile blend nicely with the original rose color walls in the front part of the house and pop the off-white cabinets.  Cabinet molding was applied as crown molding for continuity, dimmable recessed lighting was installed in the large space for ample lighting, and heat registers beneath the sink and cooktop replaced the old fashioned heat register in the kitchen.

Laurene "After2"

Laurene "After3"

Laurene "After4"

The clients opted to keep the original heat register in the dining room part of the kitchen as a reminder of the original space.

The small pantry with a window was redesigned as a small office/library where the clients spend hours combing through cookbooks and delve online into new recipes to try out on their guests.



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