Domain: Before + After: Serene Cuisine

A bright kitchen makeover in Chestnut Hill


To transform their kitchen from clunky to calm, owners of a 110-year-old home in Chestnut Hill called on nearby interior designer Katherine Glendinning, Conshohocken cabinetmaker Jim Arthur, and Flourtown contractor Harry Hansell. Together, the trio pulled off the perfect traditional-modern transformation. Clean-lined tiger maple cabinets create a warm, horizontal sight line. Quartz Caesar Stone countertops and stacked subway tile backsplashes add low-maintenance light. A repositioned island improves flow and adds storage. Darkened floors anchor the space’s tall ceilings. Eco-friendly bamboo serves as the island countertop, cabinet cornice and string course. Pearwood bar stools (built by Arthur 10 years ago) harmonize with the wood tones. And harmony, says Glendinning, was the point: “We were looking for simplicity, consistency, and a sense of peace.”