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The Kitchen

Design website pairs projects with pros—in this case, connecting the interior designer and contractor who trans­formed this once-drab nook into an airy yet functional cooking and dining area.



Jean Brownhill Lauer, founder of, matched interior designer Sarah Zames of General Assembly with contractor Jon Eklund of Ecostruct for this Upper West Side renovation. “We’re like OKCupid for home-design projects,” says Brownhill Lauer. Zames and Eklund completed the project between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

• The client sought an open view of the dining room and ample storage space. Zames enlisted Brooklyn-based woodworkers Dave Hollier and Ed Fabian of DHWWD to make the white-oak shelves and sapele cabinets and closet, which conceals a bar.

• Zames used the Swiss Cross tiles from Ann Sacks’s Gotham collection on the walls to contrast with the wood shelves and cabinets. “It was a simple way to bring clean, modern lines into the space, while still keeping the warmth,” she says.

• A washer-dryer unit is tucked behind these doors.

• The stain-resistant Caesarstone quartz countertop was purchased at Foro Marble in Gowanus.

• The Crown Minor Suspension chandelier is by Jehs+Laub.

• The Teepee dining table is from CB2; the chairs are vintage.


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