The kitchen location didn’t change, but the room now looks and works
considerably better. Custom cabinets in brilliant white create the illusion
of height: “The ceilings are low, but the space still feels light and airy,”
Kallenberg says. It’s also tricked out with top-of-the line appliances,
including a Miele steam oven and two dishwashers. “Our client loves
to cook, so even though it’s a vacation house, it needed to be extremely
functional.” Accordingly, the homeowners chose quartz countertops for
durability but paired them with a Calacatta marble backsplash.
For furnishings, the homeowners wanted a nautical feel. “But keep
in mind, they have discerning taste, so we weren’t going for a Pottery
Barn sea-star motif,” Kallenberg adds. Nearly every piece in the house
is custom, including a bed designed with an integrated dresser in the
master bedroom, by furniture maker J. Robert Scott of Los Angeles.
Commissioned as a free-floating piece of furniture, it has a leather surround headboard finished with cerused wood trim. “It looks like it was
plucked out of a 1940s yacht,” Kallenberg notes. “The piece was created
because we felt the room would feel too small with a bed against a wall.”
Ditto for the night tables built from coordinating material, which swivel
over the bed to allow additional floor space.