Last Look With Christina Henck

This custom new-construction kitchen boasts not only a black and white theme, but also ties in rustic, warm elements from the rest of the 5,000-square-foot home. 

08/04/2020
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Last Look With Christina Henck
Photography by Sean Kane

Black and white spaces have proven over the years to be both timeless and statement-making. Designed by Philadelphia-based designer Christina Henck, this custom new-construction kitchen boasts not only a black and white theme, but also ties in rustic, warm elements from the rest of the 5,000-square-foot home. 

1. In order to keep this neutral home from becoming sterile or bleak, I felt it important to use warm, wide-plank floors to keep it feeling lively throughout. I specified a soapstone-style quartz countertop and backsplash material that requires virtually no maintenance, with waterfall edge on both sides of the island. State-of-the-art appliances are just the icing on the cake in this residential chef-style custom kitchen. 

2. Custom charcoal gray roman shades, towering transitional white cabinets, and clean-lined pendant lights are all elements that work together to create a cohesive and elevated kitchen design. When I first saw these dazzling Hudson Valley pendants, I knew they were the right fixtures for both the homeowners and the architecture of the home.   

3. Because the home is custom, the builder created incredible black painted steel railings to coordinate with floating stair treads. It was one of the most exciting modern components to integrate into the selection for furniture, rugs, lighting, and finishes that I selected for these clients. It was an absolute must to tie in this modern industrial look with the rest of the home, while maintaining a certain sophistication; natural to the clients’ personal aesthetic.

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