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The Setting
In addition to requesting a bright and charming space, this lovely homeowner had a vision that included a cozy lounge area, which we were able to create by introducing a welcoming corner window seat that provided additional storage and lounging for guests or relaxing time with a good book. The wrap around stools at the island enabled the couple to have family-style seating that became beneficial for both mealtime and learning time with their growing family and plenty of counterspace for them to engage with preparing meals together.

The Challenge
The biggest challenge was not knowing the size of the support header to design around due to addition not being built yet during the time of the design process. I was very pleased once I was informed that the header would be completely concealed in the ceiling.

Jill standing at the island with a bowl of fruit.

Monroe, CT Kitchen

New Custom Residence

Designed by Jill Barrett

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This beautiful new custom kitchen has cabinetry areas designed by Jill Barrett using Schrock.

Cabinetry: Schrock Trademark
Door Style: Morgan*
Perimeter Paint Finish: White
Island Stain Finish: Sahara

While the natural wood tone of the island brought warmth to the space, the white perimeter cabinets, white quartz countertops, elegant hardware, and white elongated subway tile captured the overall clean and simple look the homeowners were looking for.

The stainless-steel farm sink and decorative end panels on the cabinetry added the right amount of charm while the large windows that outline the exterior of the house provided an additional feature to bringing natural beauty into the space.

* Morgan door style is no longer available, but we recommend the Francesca and Garrett door styles as alternatives with a similar aesthetic.
Closer look at the island countertop shows veining details.


Durability is a high priority in a busy family kitchen and beautiful countertop materials that handle the demands of daily use are also readily available.

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  Countertops: LX Hausys

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  Product: VIATERA Quartz
  Finish: Calacatta Sol

Viatera quartz countertops from LX Hausys are designed and created around the idea that a countertop is where life’s moments happen and it stands up to the demands of daily life.

Calacatta Sol bestows opulent shades of gold in its large-pattern veins, giving any room a cheerful glow. The striking white infuses your space with abundant brightness. 

Jill shows a closer look at the Tob Knobs cabinet pulls on an upper cabinet door.

Decorative Hardware

Details matter, especially when selecting decorative hardware for the cabinetry. You will be handling these handles and pulls constantly and homeowners are most pleased when they are comfortable in their hand as well as being stylish accents in the appearance of the kitchen.

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Hardware: Top Knobs
  Collection: Grace
  Finish: Ash Gray
  Handle Style: Riverside
  Pull Style: Minetta Tab

Window seat in Monroe, CT kitchen


I enjoyed embracing the opportunity of the challenges this project has provided, which included designing this customized window seat area.  I’m even more delighted about the level of satisfaction my clients have expressed about their overall experience with me and our Kitchen Views showroom in Oxford, CT!