FOR A NEWLY constructed modern farmhouse in Napa, interior designer Aimee Griffin used a neutral color palette and luxe but understated materials to create a high-end kitchen that doesn’t scream, “Look at me!” Here’s how she pulled it off.
Design: Aimee Griffin, Livwel
Builder: Brad Johnson, RBJ Construction
Backsplash tile: Ann Sacks
Quartz: Arizona Tile
Faucets: California Faucets
1. Designed as an entertaining space, the kitchen has two dishwashers and a built-in refrigerator disguised as an armoire.
2. The island is topped with honed Carrera marble.
3. The cabinets are made of cerused rift-sawn oak. Griffin used the same steel pulls and door handles throughout to cut down on visual clutter.
4. The range is centered in a marble niche. The massive stainless-steel hood, with its raw-steel band, lends the niche weight and presence.
5. Griffin opted for dark-gray quartz on the counters to play off the concrete floor. “For practicality, concrete counters can be an issue,” she says.
6. A floating shelf makes everyday items easy to grab.
7. For the backsplash, she chose handmade glazed tile from Morocco. “Because of its irregularities, it has a very organic presence.”