Kitchens: French Twist

Designer Karen O’Brien created a dream kitchen of her own, inspired by the colors of Provence. The best part? Eating by an open fire on chilly winter nights.

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Photographs by Jamie Salomon

Cabinets: Painted: Crystal Cabinet Works. Mahogany: Kountry Kraft. Both Dovetailed Kitchens.

Countertops: Honed Pietra Cardosa granite and Irish limestone, both Marble and Granite.

Range: 36-inch Viking dual fuel, State Street Discount.

Sink: Stone Forest natural-front farmhouse sink in granite, Salem Plumbing.

Faucet: Harrington Brass Victorian bridge faucet in oil-rubbed bronze, Salem Plumbing.

Dishwasher: 24-inch Bosch stainless steel with custom panel, State Street Discount.

Refrigerator: Fully integrated Sub-Zero 736 with freezer drawer, State Street Discount.

Backsplash: Antique transferware tiles,

Flooring: Wide-plank pine, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.

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Smart Moves

1 pull-out conveniences
The cutting board, like the refrigerator and oven, is built-in;
it easily slides back under the counter when it’s no longer needed.

2 vintage details  Ornate 19th-century transferware tiles create a unique backsplash for the stove. A Provençal-inspired wooden range-hood mantel completes the look.

3 concealed refrigerator  With its oversize wrought-iron pull and paneled surround, the fridge looks more like a piece of fine cabinetry than a hulking appliance.

4 stone sink  Carved from a single block of granite,
this sink brings a rustic touch to the classic kitchen.

Owner Profile  A couple and their two adult children.
Setting  A 1920s Cape with a 2007 addition.
Size  300 square feet (including the eating area).
Biggest Challenge  Incorporate a comfortable seating area into a functional kitchen.
Greatest Perk  Centrally located, table-height fireplace that can be used for cooking.
Architect  D. Michael Collins Architects, South Natick.
Designer  Karen O’Brien, KOB Interior Design, Melrose.
Contractor  The Remodeling Company, Beverly.