From the February/March 2011 Issue:

A Foot in the Past

    Writer: Robin Amster | Photographer: Phillip Ennis | Designers: Barbara Goldfarb, Allied Member ASID, Michelle Salinard, ASID, CKD | Architect: Arturo Palumbo |

A Morris County kitchen focuses on heritage and family

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enlarge | The kitchen’s oversized U-shaped island serves double duty as a casual dining area and a serving space for entertaining. The homeowner’s antique copper pots hang from a custom rack over the island. A display shelf on the custom wood mantel above the range holds antique mortars and pestles.
Heritage and family are priorities for a Morris County homeowner. So when a total renovation of her home called for the construction of a new kitchen, the homeowner called on Barbara Goldfarb of Design Logic Ltd. in Little Silver to combine both interests in the design of the new space.

Goldfarb, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, worked on the project with Michelle Salinard of Great Kitchens in New York City. Salinard is a professional member of ASID and a certified kitchen designer.

The clients, a young couple with four young children and two dogs, wanted an open, functional and elegant kitchen that still had a casual, country look, Goldfarb says. “They wanted the kitchen to be modern but have a foot in the past and to reference the historic farms and homes surrounding the property.” The wife, who is of French descent and has a home in southern France, also has a strong “sensibility of her heritage” and is comfortable merging past and present by incorporating antiques with the family’s contemporary needs, Goldfarb adds.

The renovation of the farmhouse-style house involved adding 3,000 square feet of living space on two floors. On the first floor a 1,000-square-foot addition created a large loft-like space with the open kitchen, a casual dining area with a fireplace and large country dining table, and a family room whose space is defined by its antique wood beamed ceiling. Windows spanning the entire back of the home provide expansive views of the woods.

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enlarge | A new fireplace with a custom mantel based on an antique design, warms the casual dining area. A custom handmade bench table with an antique chestnut top can, with its two extensions, seat 14. The color of the table base is an antiqued version of the pantry’s blue cabinetry, tying the spaces together. The dining chairs are American antiques hand-painted in yellow ochre with fruits and flowers in blue, gray and yellow. A collection of blue and white antique French and contemporary faience ceramics is displayed in a cabinet along the wall.
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The home’s original kitchen was small and dark with dark wood cabinetry, old appliances and a poor traffic pattern. “We wanted to make the kitchen convenient, even though it’s now such a large space,” Salinard says. “From the island, for instance, you can conveniently reach any area of the kitchen.”

The 6-by-8-foot U-shaped island, featuring a sink and dishwasher, is designed so family members can work together and also becomes a serving counter for entertaining. It is wood with a black rub-through finish and fluted columns topped by a pale blue-green marble. A main sink and a cleanup area with a dishwasher are on the window wall.

Most of the storage is located in the pantry—which had been the original kitchen—with the exception of everyday tableware and accessories located in a built-in hutch. Pots and pans hang from a custom hand-wrought pot rack. Large serving pieces are stored in wide cabinets in the island. The room has few upper cabinets so there is less to interfere with the outside views.

Traditional framed cabinetry—white raised-panel doors with a bead inset—is used on the perimeter of the kitchen and combines with state-of-the-art appliances hidden by panel fronts. The perimeter countertops are gray-black limestone. Cabinetry in the pantry is blue, also with raised-panel doors and bead inset. The flooring throughout the kitchen and pantry, dining area and family room is reclaimed antique wide-board chestnut planks.

The pantry includes a wine room; a bar/serving area with a sink, undercounter refrigerator and icemaker; and snack drawer for the kids to keep them safely out of the traffic pattern and away from the ovens.

Designing with children in mind is not new to Goldfarb, who is one of the founders and designers of the Monmouth Museum’s Becker Children’s Wing in Lincroft. That interest jibed perfectly with her clients, for whom family is a priority. “They are such an active family, with the kids going in so many different directions,” Goldfarb says. “They wanted one place where they knew they could be together each day.”


Layout, placement of appliances, engineering, cabinetry, Great Kitchens in New York City; overall design, including material selection, Design Logic Ltd. in Little Silver; architecture, Arturo Palumbo Architect in Morristown; countertops, Stone Source in New York City; tile, Ann Sacks; flooring, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors in Stoddard, New Hampshire; dining table, Bryce Ritter & Son in Downington, Pennsylvania; dining chairs, Saje Americana Antiques in Short Hills; pot rack, Fine Architectural Metalsmiths in Chester, New York; appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, Miele dishwashers, Thermador range and warming drawers, Dacor micro-convection oven, Marvel undercounter refrigerator and undercounter ice maker (in pantry).

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