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March 30, 2020



SPACES | The Kitchen

photographs by Catherine Wilborne

Ashley DeLapp’s bold, “more-is-more” approach to interior design is embodied in this kitchen created for a Raleigh client. The Charlotte-based architect-turned-designer had previously worked with the family of four on the dining and family rooms. “The existing kitchen was completely closed off, and with stained wood cabinets, it was dark,” DeLapp says. “No one in the family enjoyed spending time in there.”

“Since the kitchen would now be open to the dining room and family room, the colors had to flow with the palettes I used in both spaces. With the backsplash being so bold, we kept the other elements streamlined — but definitely not boring.”  — Ashley DeLapp

DeLapp centered the design around a geometric Ann Sacks marble-tile backsplash (a Kelly Wearstler design) and the striking sculptural light fixture over the marble island. A small addition allowed for a new laundry room and lounge space with swivel chairs for casual entertaining, which has quickly become the family’s favorite spot for morning coffee.

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