This Queen Anne-style Colonial Got TWO Modern Kitchens
Written by Jenna Talbott • Photographed by Jessica Delaney // Not long ago, a devastating flood damaged the entire ground floor of Anna and Edward’s Queen Anne-style Colonial in Milton, Mass. Repairs required the recently renovated space to be taken back down to the studs. The homeowners were heartbroken. Both British, they share a love of historic architecture and modern lines. They had painstakingly designed the first renovation with respect to the original architecture and succeeded in creating a contemporary, open-plan space perfect for their young family. So when Anna and Edward began anew, they found they wanted few changes. Says Anna, “I saw it as a chance to give our home a face-lift from the growing pains of small kids.” With the introduction of new floor tiles and kitchen backsplash, as well as a tweak to the dining room color palette, today the Queen stands refreshed and revived.
In the first renovation, the traditional kitchen and formal dining room was reimagined with raised ceilings and removed walls. The newly-opened up space featured a palette of harmonious grays and tons of daylight through enlarged patio sliders. After the flood damage, the couple’s contractors restored and repainted the custom cabinets in Benjamin Moore Distant Gray but added a fresh pop with a new backsplash in Ann Sacks Tile. The island remains a warm and vibrant Zebra wood topped with Caesarstone countertops throughout. The adjoining butler’s pantry, which gained space from a former side door and porch, offers additional storage atop floating shelves and countertops in acacia natural wood. An accent wall in an enlarged version of the kitchen backsplash connect the spaces visually.
From the kitchen, the view to the dining area continues the palette with a custom wood table and benches, grey leather chairs from All Modern, and a chandelier purchased in Germany. Throughout the home, the couple included older heritage pieces from England along with modern items to feel connected to their roots but also stylish and sturdy enough for an active family. Long live the Queen!