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A Moody, Azure
Kitchen in Brighton

After the owner of this Brighton home finally grew weary of her 118-square-foot kitchen’s old appliances and deteriorating cabinets, she reached out to Karen Swanson of New England Design Works for help. The homeowner’s vision? “A kitchen that was more interesting and cool than ‘cute,’” the resident explains. That meant a moody space that would draw inspiration from both the stained-glass windows in the adjacent dining room and the rich hue of the stained gum and pine woodwork incorporated throughout the home. “A lot of people like white kitchens with white subway tile, but that was never going to be her,” Swanson says. “All of the areas in her home are [full of] dark corners with a really warm, cozy feel.”

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Hirsch’s team created custom toy storage with the help of Hunter Antonitis of New England Custom Cabinetry ( “We ripped out dated, open shelving and built huge floor-to-ceiling shelves with internal cabinets that we lacquered in Benjamin Moore ( Bold Yellow. Next to that, I designed large floating toy bins that little kids can easily pull out and stash small toys. We made these pullout bins clear fronts so the children could easily [identify] the toys. We also wanted this space to come alive, so we commissioned a bold, graphic piece of art by Linda Colletta ( to run the expanse of the wall above the bins.”

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