Style Watch

A Berkshires kitchen makeover melds modern and rustic

The designer creates a fresh, lodge-like feel to satisfy the home owners’ divergent tastes.

Lisa Vollmer

Like many couples, the owners of this home in the Berkshires have different tastes in design. “He wanted a mountain lodge feel and she wanted a clean, modern style,” says designer Jess Cooney, who is based in Great Barrington. Cooney assured the couple that she could transform the house into a retreat they would both adore. She started with the interior architecture, removing moldings and archways to create a clean canvas. In the kitchen, she chose white painted maple cabinetry in a simple Shaker style, opting for overlay construction (which leaves part of the frame visible) to save on cost. Custom rustic details deliver the lodge-like look the husband desired. Cooney says, “The house is perched up high, with beautiful mountain views, so I felt confident we could achieve what they envisioned.”

1 On the walls, stone pavers with a pale blue glaze look shiny and feel rough. They connect the clean lines and smooth surface of the cabinetry with the room’s rustic wood accents.

2 The cabinetmaker built a custom wood enclosure for the range hood insert to match the island base and pair of dark-wood cabinet doors. “It’s a simple way to add interest in the kitchen,” says Cooney.


3 Visual Comfort Darlana lanterns in aged iron hang high up. “The black ties into the hardware and soapstone and lends a farmhouse feel, while the profile is well within the modern lines of the space,” Cooney says.

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4 Walnut-stained, glass-front cabinet doors on either side of the window punctuate the white woodwork. “The dark grid adds depth and dimension, and the inset construction elevates the effect,” says Cooney.

5 Barroca soapstone countertops will develop a patina over time. “You need to be comfortable with the idea of the material doing its own thing,” says Cooney. “Clients either love it or hate it.”

6 Blue stools pop against the island. Cooney considered facing the piece with reclaimed wood but ultimately chose milled planks of walnut-stained oak for consistency throughout.