More Maryland Kitchen Selections


Since I am now designing kitchens for clients who are building new homes I get to design the cabinetry for multiple homes in the same area. Last week I shared the selections of a kitchen I’m designing in Maryland and this week I’m sharing another in the same neighborhood. The similarities here are the white cabinets and the Cambria Torquay ( a faux calacatta marble countertop material made in America from quartz). This kitchen has more transitional elements including the contemporary Belo faucet by Brizo that the client selected. I helped select some coordinating cabinet handles and suggested a door style similar to a shaker style with a flat panel but with a little more detailing. Since this kitchen is overlay and not inset, the detail on the door and drawer edges, the 5 piece drawer fronts and the small ogee panel molding will help it from looking too plain. Which look is your favorite?

1. Cabinetry 2. Apron Front Sink 3. Hardware 4. Faucet 5. New Quay Cambria 6. Torquay Cambria

Maryland Kitchen Selections

I am now three weeks into my new job at Signature Kitchens (locations in Haymarket and Sterling, VA) so I wanted to share some of what I’ve been working on so far. With any new job there is a lot of training and I’m now designing in 2020 instead of AutoCAD LT. The good thing about 2020 is that it populates elevations and perspectives when you enter the floor plan and also prices out the materials for you and lists them which are helpful features over AutoCAD LT. AutoCAD LT however offers more control over details for custom cabinetry and millwork.


One of the kitchens I’m currently working on is for a new home being build in Maryland, about an hour outside of DC. The clients choose a beautiful faux Calacutta marble for their island by Cambria, a simple elegant raised panel white painted cabinet by Mid Continent Cabinetry and a faceted glass knob from Top Knobs. The island will be done in a contrasting blue paint by Valspar called “Indigo Streamer.”

Starphire Glass

I recently finished a bathroom project which I’ve referred to as “(bath)room with a view.” I’m hoping to get pictures of the finished project soon but in the meantime I wanted to share some insight on glass options that we decided on during the design process. In designing and specifying the frameless shower enclosure, I informed my client that he had an option between “starphire” and regular glass. Starphire glass is a lead free, low iron product that although not clear enough to be called “crystal” is much less green than regular glass. This clarity comes at a premium but for some like my client who have already invested in gorgeous marble for the shower walls, it’s worth it. See the difference for yourself below (photos courtesy of google).


Daisy, one of my client’s dogs clearly prefers the starphire. She’s pictured here with the starphire that’s just been installed, (the duct tape is temporary!). Another option to consider is the “clamps” as shown here vs. channels to hold the glass in place. I feel that the clamps help with the “frameless look” so I prefer them.

daisyWe choose a shower door pull with a very square look to coordinate with the rest of our “Italian modern” aesthetic including square style hardware from Top Knobs (shown below). The shower door handle is combined with a towel bar since this bath is mostly windows with little wall space for towel bars.


What would you choose? Do you think it’s worth paying extra for the starphire?