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A modernizing makeover transformed the kitchen into a sleek spot for friends and family to gather.
WHAT: A kitchen built for an active brood
Lisa Hutcherson is definitely not the type to wear mom jeans. So it made no sense that the interior of her Hinsdale home was on the frumpy side, with an outdated color scheme of avocado and gold, wall-to-wall carpeting, and ho-hum furniture.
For help with the renovation, she turned to designer Aimee Wertepny, owner of PROjECT Interiors. The redo, completed two years ago, resulted in elegantly updated spaces that are just right for Lisa, her husband, Van, and their three kids (now 12, 16, and 18). At the center of it all is a sparkling kitchen that blends natural elements and surprising textures with splashes of gold and white.
KARI RICHARDSON: What were the musts?
HUTCHERSON: I had a huge list. I had to have space for me. I wanted family-friendly function with the placement of the table. I wanted no hardware, clean lines, and a black, white, and gray palette.
WERTEPNY: Because the kitchen is open to other areas in the home, I wanted to make sure it felt like a part of the rest of the first floor. We kept the flooring consistent, with stone tile, and chose a palette that is layered and textured but not overdone.
KR: How was PROjECT chosen?
WERTEPNY: We had a mutual friend who made the introduction. We got set up.
HUTCHERSON: It was love at first sight!
KR: Tell us about the materials.
WERTEPNY: We chose dark teak cabinetry. If you run your fingers over it, you can feel the texture of the wood. There are Calcutta Gold marble backsplashes and quartz countertops. Another backsplash is made of rough-hewn stacked flagstone. There’s a lot of natural light, so we had opportunities for reflection and contrast. When the sun goes down and the lights are on, it’s beautiful.
Photography: Tony Soluri
Styling: Alaina Kaczmarski