A Hinsdale Family Kitchen Designed by PROjECT Interiors
ALL IN THE FAMILY: As her kids enter their teens, a Hinsdale mother transforms her kitchen.
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(Left) A Calcutta Gold marble backsplash fulfilled Hutcherson’s desire for white and gold in each room. (Top right) Lisa Hutcherson keeps an eye on things from her cozy office alcove. (Bottom right) The rehabbed space is the scene of frequent baking parties.
KR: Which parts are for the kids?
HUTCHERSON: We installed a warming drawer. Instead of grabbing fast food on the way home from a ball game, the kids can actually eat what we had for dinner. We have refrigerator drawers, so they can get drinks without going into the main fridge. And there’s a counter area for making their breakfasts and lunches.
WERTEPNY: The kitchen table is concrete with an epoxy finish. You can’t mess it up. Durability of the fabrics was a consideration as well. The fabrics that we chose are all commercial grade.
HUTCHERSON: It’s not just little kids who can destroy things. It’s also a basketball team eating pizza and drinking Coke!
KR: Which elements were just for you?
HUTCHERSON: Because the kitchen is where everybody is, this is where my desk needed to be, too. I never had that until now. I can do my own work and still oversee homework.
Refrigerated drawers keep drinks within arm’s reach of thirsty teens at the kitchen table.
KR: What’s a typical morning scene?
HUTCHERSON: My husband is a trader, so we always do things “by the bell.” My trading bell is 7 a.m. I’m making three breakfasts and lunches at the same time, plus energy drinks and protein bars because two of the kids are going to practice after school. That’s crunch time.
KR: Why is the island so high—41 inches?
WERTEPNY: Because they are so tall! This family is blessed with lovely legs.
HUTCHERSON: We didn’t want to hunch over when we are cooking. The kitchen chairs are adjustable, too.
KR: Where did you get the idea for kitchen chairs on casters?
HUTCHERSON: I saw a television show one night and the family’s kitchen chairs were castered office chairs around a really funky glass table.
WERTEPNY: I loved the natural walnut of these kitchen chairs. When we saw them at the Mart, we both knew.
KR: How has the remodel changed your lives?
HUTCHERSON: Now, when the kids come in the back door, there’s a place to commune, to hang out, and to have discussions instead of scattering and heading straight to their rooms. My oldest son chose not to peek at the construction site for the last three months because he wanted a big reveal. When he finally walked in after everything was complete, he said, “I didn’t know you guys were so cool.”
Photography: Tony Soluri
Styling: Alaina Kaczmarski