Room Envy: This cozy kitchen moves the refrigerator and small appliances out of view

This unconventional setup is luxurious and stays functional

Room envy

Photograph by Chris Little/Atlanta

Bravo to kitchens that function well—without a predictable recipe of ingredients. For a clean look, builder and designer Pam Sessions located the refrigerator and small appliances in an adjacent pantry and forewent the ubiquitous barstools for a luxurious banquette.

Time to shine
The cozy kitchen setup led to one knockout chandelier rather than typical pendants. This beaded number from Currey & Company makes a stately focal point.

Reversing the trend of vent hoods that scream, “Look at me,” this wooden one is understated but clever, with niches on either side.

Cool hues
Sessions chose white-oak floors in a nontoxic stain called “Salty Biscuit.” A touch of blue adds interest to gray cabinetry.

Fine dining
Instead of using the countertop as a breakfast bar, Sessions designed this banquette. Faux leather from Designs by Sudi scores high for comfort and durability.

Old ideas
An antique table brings a warm patina to the seating area, and vintage chairs with a midcentury vibe were recovered in a lively Zak + Fox fabric to keep the look fresh.

Marry style and function with mounted pot racks. “I think hanging pots and pans sends the message that this is a working kitchen but still looks great,” says Sessions, who rents out this home through her boutique rental company, Hedgewood Stay.

This article appears in our February 2019 issue.