Crowd-Pleasing Kitchen

Crowd-Pleasing Kitchen

With a towering 22-foot ceiling and hot classic touches, it is not surprising that this is where everyone would like to congregate.
1.Calm and Bright
When Katy Varney along with her husband, Dave Goetz, began renovating Dave’s childhood Nashville home, their love of entertaining and cooking influenced every facet of the kitchen, that was opened and brightened up with two colors of white (one on walls, one on cabinetry).
2.Party Compatible
A 13-by-4-foot island provides ample prep room, divides work spaces for cooking and cleanup, and serves as a spot for casual grazing or diningroom.
A dishwasher-adjacent sink, flanked by cupboards customized to hold tableware, makes post-party put-aways a cinch.

  1. Open and Airy
    Architect Michael Marchetti designed a 22-foot pitched and planked ceiling to add height to the space, in addition to allow in more light in the gable window. In keeping with the house’s historic character, the white oak floorboards were stained to take on a classic look.
  2. Steeped in History
    Jugs out of Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., founded by Dave’s great-grandfather and residence to George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, have pride of place on the countertops. The island’s baker’s table, topped with Montclair Danby marble, shops the bowls used for your household’s vacation plum pudding.
Designer Barbara Rushton crowned the table
(in Katy’s family since the 1800s) with a scrolly chandelier.
The hand-built hutch houses Christmas china. “In December, we exclusively use holidayware,” says Katy.
From the black granite countertops to the custom range hood and iron pot rack, the couple opted for design details that are functional and timeless.
Four small pantries serve as the kitchens’ endcaps.
Windows are sand- blasted with “Sweets,” “Savories,” “Sundries,” and “Secrets,” which is “where I keep my recipes,” Katy says.
PLUM DELICIOUS Dave’s mother was co-owner of Warrenton Old English Plum Pudding in Tennessee. The dish (original recipe, below) is a family tradition.

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