An Artist’s Turquoise-Tiled Kitchen in Jamaica Plain
Smoked-oak cabinet fronts, a two-toned aqua tile floor, and quartzite countertops came together to remake this former Victorian kitchen.
For Katie Fitch and Joe Wardwell, life revolves around the wood stove in their Jamaica Plain kitchen. “It’s our thing,” Fitch says. So when the couple decided to revamp the dated, 270-square-foot space tucked inside an old Victorian, they knew they wanted the cozy element to be the centerpiece of the redesign. “Getting rid of it would have been a deal breaker,” Wardwell, an artist, adds.
Save for the stove, the kitchen called for a complete gut. After removing old oak cabinets, outmoded appliances, and even part of the chimney to gain square footage, interior designer Sashya Thind Fernandes worked up a multi-functional layout featuring a counter-height breakfast bar and a custom banquette. The stove—along with Wardwell’s painting Burn Out—provided inspiration for the color and materials palette, as well as the kitchen’s overall industrial feel. “It’s a grungy artist kitchen with a masculine vibe, softened with shades of turquoise,” the ID8 Design Studio principal says.
Wardwell’s painting also motivated Fernandes’s choice for the aqua tile floor, specified in two tonal shades. “[When Sashya showed us the tile,] we realized those were our colors,” Fitch says. “Blues and greens are everywhere in our house.” The hues also counterbalance the high-contrast combination of the sawn-cut, smoked-oak cabinet fronts, which play off the stove’s black finish, and the highly veined quartzite used on the counters and the backsplash. The tile also holds its own against the brick chimney. “Texture was important,” Fernandes says. “[The homeowners] are very tactile.”
Cabinetry Ikea cabinets with Reform fronts.
Appliances JennAir dishwasher, range, and refrigerator, all Yale Appliance + Lighting.
Countertops/Backsplash “Super White” quartzite, Cosmos Granite & Marble.
Flooring “Technicolor” porcelain tile, Stone Source.
Contractor Unite Contractors
Interior Designer ID8 Design Studio