Kitchen Design: “White and Bright with Shades of Gray”

CAPID  visits A. Radley Designs who unveils to us her latest, Stunning Kitchen Design.

A 1980’s kitchen receives a much-needed update. This fun-loving couple enjoyed entertaining but the kitchen design of their newly purchased home inhibited their high-spirited style. At the top of their wish list:  open up the kitchen as much as possible to allow friends and family to be more involved in festivities.

By penetrating the adjoining wall, the kitchen now opens to the dining room and living room which accommodates their classic pool table.  A new peninsula acts as an eating bar for informal dining and entertaining but also increases counter and storage space.

Open Kitchen DesignCabinetry below the peninsula was designed to look like a piece of furniture and custom-stained in an understated gray tone to complement the back splash and natural stone quartzite counter top.   A wine and beverage cooler and a microwave drawer make this a true entertainment center.


Raising the ceiling and installing Velux skylights allows natural light to flow into this charming kitchen and the adjacent rooms. When the sun shines too brightly through the skylights, the homeowners use a remote switch to control light-filtering shades.  In the evening, under cabinet task lighting and toe kick lighting on separate dimmers add beauty and drama to the room.

Kitchen Lighting

Combination gray matte and glossy glass tiles add just the right amount of sheen and allure to the back splash.  And so as not to spoil its beauty, Legrand Adorne switches and wall plates in brushed pewter are mounted on the tiled splash.

Gray and White Kitchen Design


A Thermador professional range, stainless appliances and pewter cabinetry hardware intensify the sparkle and shine while soft gray paint on the walls and ceiling offset the snowy white cabinetry.

Gray and White Kitchen Design

Most importantly, the homeowners’ charismatic kitchen now reflects their outgoing personalities and becomes the gathering place they desired.


Designed by ~ Angela Radley

A.Radley Designs


Photography by VT Fine Art Photography

CAPID Designers Interview: Angela Radley

CAPID designers welcome Angela Radley, with A. Radley Designs to our conversation.


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Welcome Angela,

What is your specialty or niche market?

My primary interest is remodeling and renovation. While furniture and fabrics are fun, there’s nothing like working with the interior architecture to improve the function or light in a space, or transform a look.  Kitchens and bathrooms are favorite rooms to re-design because they have the biggest impact on the homeowners’ lives. I also enjoy the project management aspect. Many people don’t realize all the details that are involved in a project. You need to keep very organized with so many things going on simultaneously.  I come from a family of builders and developers. I believe that’s why I’m comfortable working with the building trade and being involved in the process. It’s exciting to work with clients to develop the design, execute it, and sense the gratification of a well-completed project.

Who is your favorite celebrity designer? 

Alexa Hampton creates the most beautiful interiors. I recently saw her at West Week at the Pacific Design Center and I picked up her book Decorating in Detail. I continue to pour over every page where she showcases her elegant yet practical design style.

Is there a current design trend that you’re really loving right now?  For several years, I could not find anything in navy blue, even in clothing fashion. But when I saw images of Kate Middleton in her gorgeous dark blue dress at her engagement, I knew we’d be seeing a lot of blue soon in interiors as well.  I love the freshness of mixing different blues, solids and patterns, in fabrics, wallpaper, accessories, even lighting. Here’s a bedroom designed by Sarah Richardson. Even with its vibrant prints, there’s a restfulness.

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Here’s a photo of an Alexa Hampton-designed entry for a house in the Hamptons. She really knows how to use blue and white patterns and textures to achieve a casual yet elegant space.


Most over-used design term?

For some reason, I hate the word “bespoke”. Just sounds too contrived.

What is your design philosophy?

Livable spaces are a balance of both style and comfort. If you’re comfortable in your space, this contributes to your sense of well-being.  An article I read stated that, not surprisingly, people that recently remodeled or redecorated were happier and more relaxed.  I can relate to that!

What is your favorite kitchen gadget?

Not really a “kitchen” gadget per se, but this is my newest acquisition to a kitchen drawer. I was so tired of all the charger cords emanating from the outlets that I had my electrician install a power strip in a designated drawer.  All right, who has a spare drawer? I had to relocate the “stuff” inhabiting this drawer to other drawers, but it was well worth it.  Need I mention, my I.T. consultant/husband was not bothered by all the cords. Now we can charge 2 IPhones, 2 IPads, a blue tooth, another device and no one would be the wiser.charger

What is your guilty pleasure?

Wine and chocolate, preferably at the same time.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

When my husband and I visited Italy last year, the highlight was a pasta-making class provided by Chef Fabio Bongianni. Here’s a photo of the Rome market we visited for fresh ingredients to prepare our meal. (Photo courtesy of Bob Radley.)  Rome market (3)