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Long Island magic The Hamptons casts its spell – the design of this remodeled and enlarged kitchen was influenced by the owner’s upbringing in a very traditional home on a grand family estate Childhood memories impact on many areas of our lives – they even influence the decisions we make about where and how we want to live. For the owners of this vacation home in the Hamptons, nostalgia played a big role in the design of their new kitchen, says architect Erica Broberg Smith. “One of the owners had spent her childhood enjoying holidays on a grand family estate in East Hampton, which had an authentic 1920s kitchen. That home inspired the traditional look of this kitchen, which replaces a much smaller, very cramped, claustrophobic room.” To gain more space, the house was extended, with the remodel introducing a soaring gabled ceiling that features traditional white-painted boards. “We added white collar ties to give the room a sense of scale and intimacy,” says Broberg Smith. “And the end gable has a large arched window, which adds a little femininity and brings in plenty of light.” The owners’ love of entertaining was another key influence in the design. Facing page: This Hamptons vacation house was extended to create a much larger family kitchen that would be suitable for formal and informal entertaining. The new volume has a soaring gabled ceiling with collar ties crossing the void. These help to keep the scale a little more intimate, says architect Erica Broberg Smith. Above: White painted cabinets with inset panel doors and a bead detail reinforce the classical look. These are teamed with quartz and Carrara marble countertops. The 12ft-long island provides plenty of space for food preparation, serving, and cleanup. A second clean-up station is by the window. search | save | share at 21