Old-World Élan in a Texas Kitchen

A kitchen with wood cabinetry, blue-and-white accents, and a pot rack hung with antique copper cookware
Photography by Michael Hunter

Before a top-to-bottom makeover, the kitchen in this Dallas abode fell short on charm, save for one tantalizing highlight: swaths of antique delft wall tile that caught the homeowners’ fancy and inspired both the palette and the European feel of the renovated space. “She coincidentally collects blue-and-white [ceramics] and delft,” says designer Sherry Hayslip, who worked with the homeowners on the redo.

Because the wife is an enthusiastic cook who enjoys entertaining, Sherry reconfigured an adjacent powder room and lounge into a prep kitchen that keeps dirty dishes out of view. She supplanted a skimpy island with a larger one that wears a weathered blue wash and a pristine Calacatta marble top, which contrasts with the wooden countertops elsewhere. The cabinets received a warm pecan finish and refreshed blue-and-white buffalo check fabric inserts. To complement the color scheme, Sherry had an artisan hand paint a set of antique chinoiserie stools faded blue, bedecked with gilt accents. A custom pot rack above the island, laden with the owner’s copper cookware collection, makes the space appear cozier and adds an overlay of richness. “It’s simple, but it works with the period look,” Sherry says. “It also has hidden lights that illuminate the whole room.”