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A Preview of Space 20, the Kitchen, at the 2012 DC Design House
A Preview of Space 20, the Kitchen, at the 2012 DC Design House


This is the Seventh of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is now open through May 13th.

For the second year in a row, Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design in Bethesda, MD, www.aidandesign.com, is part of the DC Design House. “It’s truly an honor,” Subaran says. “I feel very grateful to be in the company of so many fine designers.” Last year, Subaran designed the Pool Kitchen and this year took on the much larger main Kitchen in this Spring Valley home.

As part of an earlier renovation, blue metal cabinets and blue and white china lined the walls of the oversized kitchen, which also included a mosaic-tiled fireplace. While the original space had wall ovens and such fancy accessories as a built-in toaster and blender hook-up that arose from the counter – state-of-the-art at the time - the kitchen was in need of a major overhaul. “A project that normally takes months to complete,” Subaran adds. A skylight above the breakfast room stayed, while the outdated cabinetry, counter and sink in the adjacent breakfast bar had to go.

To begin, Subaran “wanted to do something clean and fresh, but with graceful and stately details to match the bones of the house.” She loves color so decided to give “a classic palette a bit of a push with warm slate gray painted cabinets, along with a rich walnut island and pantry unit,” Subaran says. The sophisticated and durable mother of pearl quartzite counter paired with iridescent white mother of pearl backsplash tiles add a perfect mix of modern with a touch of glamour.

To contrast the grays and warm wood tones, Subaran used a neutral porcelain floor and Farrow & Ball wall colors. She designed the space to work for everyday demands of an active family, but also to accommodate large scale entertaining with new products from Wood-Mode as well as professional cooking equipment from SubZero, Wolf, Asko and Franke.

The kitchen is now a luminous place to not only cook as a family, but also a reflective place to linger.

The DC Design House located at 4951 Rockwood Parkway, NW, in Spring Valley is open now through May 13th. Hours are Saturday-Sunday Noon-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More information is online at www.dcdesignhouse.com.

In the Eighth of the Eight-Part Feature, Spaces 21, 22 & 23 will be highlighted.

Photos by Robert Radifera unless noted otherwise.