Updating a kitchen

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A Lewis chandelier and Leyden sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting brighten our 2016 kitchen of the year.The banquette — covered in Interlude from Thibaut's Portico collection of Sunbrella fabrics — offers cozy seating around a Grothouse walnut table with metallized banding.Machine-washable linen shades by Thibaut are "kitchen-practical," says designer Matthew Quinn.In a modern Hamptons home, stools from Altura Furniture nestle under a custom island framed in Bianco Dolomiti honed marble.Cut a thin piece of plywood to the exact wall size, glue the paper on top, then apply shellac. Salvaged molding and old boards add cottage style with plenty of texture.To make this backsplash, cut a thin piece of plywood to the exact wall size.The Palecek barstools feature a shibori hand-dyed leather from Studio Four NYC, while Ann Sacks's Moroccan tiles add a bright pop of blue visible from the living room.

Although minimal, the layered, massed grouping makes quite the visual impact."It's nonstop elegance," says Richard Anuszkiewicz of the kitchen he created for a circa-1910 waterfront home in Annapolis, Maryland.

Designer Ray Booth chose honed Carrara marble for the counters as a perfect fit for the beige-and-gray palette.

A Lindsey Adelman fixture hangs from a new skylight over a prep island clad in brushed-and-bleached oak.

Glossy ebony cabinets add drama, while farmhouse sinks and a 10½-foot long island — it seats six!

— easily handle meal prep when there's a crowd to feed.

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