Mid-Size Stylish Kitchens – Newburyport Kitchen Tour Pt. 2

Ready for some mid-size stylish kitchens? In my first post on the 2019 Newburyport Kitchen Tour, I showcased two larger kitchen spaces. Today, I’m sharing three houses which are smaller in scale, but certainly no less in style.

Christopher Street

Architect: David Keery Design  |  Interior Design: Holly Gagne Interior Design

 

Christopher St Newburyport Exterior yellow house

This cheery yellow house was updated in 2018 by architects Keery Design, interior designer Holly Gagne and builder Gary Ingalls Construction. They rearranged the insides to create this light and airy space from a formerly dark and inefficient one. The cabinets from Newbury Cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove. Actually, all the white paint throughout is the same color, which really unifies and simplifies the space. The center island is  Rift white oak in a natural finish and the counters are quartz. The appliances are Jenn-Air and Miele.

Christopher St Newburyport Kitchen mid-size stylish kitchen

The little side bar is a sweet addition to the space as is the panty closet with the arched door.

Christopher St Newburyport kitchen bar and pantry closet mid-size stylish kitchen

Christopher St Newburyport dining fireplace sunroom

The cozy dining area is tucked into the space between the kitchen and fireplace area and access to the sunroom on the left and stairs on the right. I like the judicious use of shiplap. It’s so trendy now as to be a little ho-hum, but keeping it to just this wall gives the wall prominence and integrates it nicely with the fireplace. The flooring is white oak.

Christopher St Newburyport Dining fireplace shiplap

The modern, touch-of-glam style of the powder room is almost a surprise, but I liked it a lot. The backsplash tiles are gorgeous!

Christopher St Newburyport bathroom

And a few styling shots – loved the round bread board on the island, which mimics the dining table.

Christopher St Newburyport counter breadboard

And I loved the casual nature of the flowers.

Christopher St Newburyport flowers

 

Atwood Street

 

Atwood St Newburyport exterior new

This house on Atwood Street is a gem that has a great story. I neglected to take a photo of the house, so pulled this image from the tour’s program book. The current homeowners purchased this house in 2015 from the late Dan Herlighy and his wife Mary, who brought it back from near demolition just the year before.

Atwood St exterior

This sweet house, built in 1730, stood empty and derelict for 20 years. You can see from the image below, pulled from Google street view, just how bad it was. When I lived in Newburyport 20 years ago, there were many houses in my neighborhood which looked like this – I lived quite near this street, as a matter of fact. This house is much like the story of Newburyport itself, when in the late 60’s, falling down and neglected, was almost turned into an outlet store destination, a la Kittery, ME (gag).  But, people with vision and common sense saw the possibilities and turned the city into the vibrant mecca that it is.

Atwood St old exterior

So, getting back to modern-day… This sweet house retains its original charm, but is fresh and open. Plus, how great is that blue on the front door!

Atwood St Newburyport front door

The paneling is all original to the house, complete with walk-in fireplace and cabinets, which I neglected to photograph.

Atwood St Newburyport Kitchen mid-size stylish kitchens

The kitchen cabinets are custom from Cabico and were designed to complement the rest of the original millwork. The counters are matt black Nordic antique granite and the appliances are Wolf, SubZero and Jenn-Air.

Atwood St Newburyport Kitchen 2 range mid-size stylish kitchen

I would imagine the cabinetry on the right below was designed to match the original millwork on the fireplace wall on the opposite side.

Atwood St Newburyport Sitting area

One thing I really appreciate in this home is – can you guess? COLOR! I do have to say that this year’s tour was notable for its nearly all white and subdued neutral color palette. And the complete lack of soft window treatments. Not a drape or roman shade to be found in the six homes I visited. The color palette takes its starting point with the glass tile backsplash in the kitchen and is mixed with deeper blue, yellow and orange set against a neutral off-white background.

Atwood St Newburyport Dining room

Art by mostly local artists add sophistication to this lovely space. (Unasked for suggestion: the chandelier should be lowered to 30-40″ above the table. Even though the ceiling is vaulted, it’s really too high).

And finally, the house has a cute little back yard for entertaining. In this area of town, there is little space between houses, as you can see.

Atwood St Newburyport back yard

 

Merrimack Street

Architectural and Kitchen Design: Graf Architects

Newburyport Kitchen tour Merrimack St Exterior

This home, built in 2018, mixes coastal contemporary style with charming farmhouse influences. (Btw – note that the gate at the top of the stairs matches the railing. When does that ever happen???)

Merrimack St Entry stairs

Great space planning in the sitting area offers comfortable seating for at least eight.

Merrimack St Living Room 1

The sitting area flows seamlessly into the kitchen, which features Cabico custom laminate cabinetry from Timberline Enterprises.

Merrimack St Living Room into Kitchen mid-size stylish kitchens

The laminate cabinets looked like washed driftwood and the counters are quartz. The kitchen is flooded with light through the floor to near ceiling windows and doors. The appliances are Kitchen Aid.

Merrimack St Kitchen 1 mid-size stylish kitchens

Merrimack St Kitchen sink wall with cabinets mid-size stylish kitchens

I’d like to point out the beautiful graining pattern match on the tall pantry doors below.

Merrimack St Kitchen cabinetry wall with fridge mid-size stylish kitchens

Merrimack St Kitchen Island pendants mid-size stylish kitchens

The custom live-edge dining table is black walnut on a steel base, forged by local welders and the capiz shell chandelier is hand crafted in the Philippines.

Merrimack St Dining area 1 mid-size stylish kitchens

The French style dining chairs with weathered oak frames is an unusual choice to go with the more modern table, but I like them.

I enjoy that the Nest thermostat matches the art. I also enjoy the moment of color.

Merrimack St DIning area 2 mid-size stylish kitchens

I really enjoyed visiting all these mid-size stylish kitchens. Let’s face it, most of us are in mid-size homes (or small homes like my Nook Cottage) and these spaces should provide a lot of inspiration for you if you’re looking to update your home. In all cases, the floor plans have been opened up making the kitchens the main show of these homes. I’m personally still on the fence about this as I think it’s so hard to keep a kitchen clean and tidy and I do like to entertain. On the other hand, my own cottage is open floor plan, which is a bonus in a small space.

Which of these mid-size stylish kitchens is your favorite? I think the Christopher Street space is the most “me”. While not me at all I love the Merrimack St house for its serene nature. And I can’t forget the Atwood Street antique with its great back story and pops of color. Hmm… decisions decisions.

Coming up, in my third installment, I’ll be showcasing one home with spectacular river views, multiple outdoor sitting spaces, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and a cute little summer/guest space that I’d happily move into full time. I’m not sure the owner would be happy with that arrangement, but I certainly would! I have river views now, but they can’t compare to this house!

(All photos, unless otherwise noted ©Linda Merrill, 2019)

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14 thoughts on “Mid-Size Stylish Kitchens – Newburyport Kitchen Tour Pt. 2”

  1. Atwood all the way, but I really liked all of them. All of these would be considered large houses in England! Given that we’ve got 60+m people in land equal to the size of Oregon, we are squeeezed in.

    Completely agree with you about the dining table chandelier being too low. I made a similar (but smaller scale) error with hanging lights over my kitchen counter, largely because I listened to my (nearly always right) contractor. Neither of us factored in that he’s 6ft 2” and I’m 5ft 1”. I’ve lived with them for a year now, they still annoy me so he’s coming back to lower them. My other error was not getting them put on a dimmer switch – which I normally would do, but just didn’t think about for the kitchen.

    Is there any rule of thumb for calculating these kinds of height ratios, Linda? Or does it come with experience? I can usually tell what’s wrong – but only after the event!

    I loved that arch-topped pantry door too!

    Denise

    • Hi Denise – the height of lighting does definitely need to take our own height into account. But, if it’s a workspace like a counter, lower is better. About 30-35IN. I had a client who was 6 ft and her Dad, and electrician, was 6’6″. I’m 5’2″. So, where I wanted their beautiful antique crystal chandelier to hang was simply too low for them. And I got that, she would have been looking down on it when looking into the room! So I think it was 40″ over the table. But, again, the dining table is a space used while sitting, so too high is just useless! I’m going to work on a post on this topic!

  2. Loved seeing these! I think the first kitchen is my favorite even though it is all white, but I love so many things about Atwood too – the front door being the first, and the bits of color. You are so right about that chandelier…wrong sized and wrong height light fixtures drive me nuts…it’s right up there with artwork hung too high or the wrong size!

  3. Hi Linda! It was fun to feel like I was walking on this tour with you. Thanks for all the backstory details on each home. My favorite is definitely the last home because I love the way calm feeling it delivers and the way the kitchen and family room really do flow together.

    However, I’m with you on wanting a little separation at times, because noone wants to look at a messy kitchen while they’re entertaining and eating.

  4. Each home is so beautiful. Funny how a white kitchen still seems to be the most popular. I have to say, the pantry with the arched door may have made me drool – just a little!

    • That arched door really is a winner Sheri! I just came across a blog post I did -in 2009 I think – saying that I’d been interviewed for a story about whether white kitchens were going out of style. Hah! I can’t find the article online anywhere. But in my post I said that no, no I did not think they were going out of style. And they show no signs of letting up!

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