Blending Beauty & Function in E Setauket, New York

Bakes & Kropp was engaged for the design of a 658-square-foot kitchen and accompanying butler’s pantry in a newly-built home in Setauket, New York. Our challenge was to transform the vast area into an elegant and digestible space and to blend beauty with functionality. Led by Senior Designer Mary Dimichino, our team tackled this directive by dividing the room into distinct areas for cleaning, prepping, cooking, and entertaining. Accented with unique design elements including decorative hutch cabinet grilles and a built-in coffee maker, the resulting space is a transitional, fully-customized kitchen for the serious home chef. 


The kitchen area features custom designs from floor to ceiling. A custom-made stainless steel range hood shines bright against our hand-painted Meridian cabinetry doors in Sherwin Williams’ Snowbound, which are topped with polished nickel hardware from the Bromwich Collection by Armac Martin. A large waterfall island at the center features our signature Walnut Fossil finish, illuminated by Circa Lighting’s Darlana Lantern light fixture overhead. To meet the client’s request for functionality, we installed large pan drawers to the left and right of the Sub-Zero Wolf range and tray dividers in the base cabinets along the sink wall for easy access to cutting boards and serving trays. Custom walnut drawer inserts provide space for cooking utensils, spice storage, and knives. Our team added recessed LED tape lights as under-cabinet task lighting and LED puck lights in the upper cabinets with glass openings.


In the butler’s pantry, we installed custom high-gloss, all-black cabinetry to maximize storage and style, providing an additional prep area that stands in stark contrast to the all-white kitchen. Through strategic design and storage solutions, we stood up to this spatial challenge and delivered a functional kitchen in a transitional style, fully customized to fit the at-home chef’s every need.




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Bob Bakes
Written By Bob Bakes

Co-Founder, Head of Design Bob, in his role as Head of Design, calls on his years of experience as owner and operator of a kitchen design studio in central London and his well-known former brand, Bakes & Company, based in Sag Harbor, NY. Bob has developed an expansive knowledge of the interior design process and professional project management skills throughout his accomplished career.