2 Doors 6 Drawers Vanity (SE-4821D)
48"W * 21"D * 34-1/2H" -2D - 4DRA(2L-2R)
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- Product Model SE-4821D
The zebra-hide wallpaper immediately sets this kitchen apart. “I’ve always loved wallpaper,” says Swanson. “I feel like you can go a little wild with it, because it’s easy to change. I tend to stick with neutral cabinets and countertops, because they are much harder and more expensive to change. You can do a very of-the-moment kitchen that looks smashing today, but you might get tired of it in a few years.”The peninsula is designed as a prep area and a place where the family can eat. “I never have liked chairs all in a row,” says Swanson. “It makes it really hard to talk. I always try to wrap the eating area around a bit.”Oil paintings in kitchens are nearly as rare as, well, zebra prints. This one is by Leon Kroll, a painter who lived in Massachusetts and whom Life magazine dubbed the “dean of U.S. nude painters.” This is a portrait of his children’s governess, and although her clothes are on, it has an exotic look to it. “It’s the most valuable piece we own,” says Swanson. “But I didn’t really worry about putting it in the kitchen. I made sure to hang it above where the water comes out of the faucet. A lot of people get really concerned about things like this — but really, that sort of sucks all the fun out of everything.”Wallpaper: Zebbie; chairs: Crate & Barrel Instead of the expected tile backsplash, Swanson installed wood shiplap paneling as a homage to the home’s heritage. She painted it with Benjamin Moore’s Satin Impervo — an oil-based paint meant for interior trim. “It definitely made it easy to wipe down,” she says. “Using a wood backsplash might not be for everyone, but I cook a lot, and it has never been a problem.”To make a wider passage, the designer reduced the depth of the cabinets near the wall surrounding the chimney and laundry room.