What we did

Century Home Gourmet Kitchen

Designed by: Marcia Moore

The new owners of a stately century home in University City had lovingly updated everything—except the kitchen. Our task was to create a state-of-the-art kitchen that still felt true to the past. As with any older home, however, there were a lot of unknowns and potential pitfalls to consider when designing the new space. One of the scariest, in this case, was what was lurking above a hideous drop ceiling. Luckily, we found a soaring 14-foot tall space unimpeded by HVAC, plumbing or electric! That gave us lots of room for gorgeous custom clerestory glass cabinets and a new coffered ceiling. A custom porcelain floor that mimics marble and wood anchors the space, highlighting the play between light and dark in the cabinetry. There was also a huge hallway that provided enough space to add a powder room and even a butler’s pantry, right off the kitchen.

Photos by: Michael Jacob

What they said

“I met Marcia when she did a knockout job on a friend’s kitchen. I … was incredibly impressed with both the room design and the creative ideas she came up with for challenging situations. Her work is top quality, and she obviously adores what she does.” — N.R.

Yellow flower vase on white ceramic tableWhite and brown 3-piece sofa set