This Contemporary DC Kitchen Is What Modern Dreams Are Made Of

Charlotte Safavi | July 4, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are coolly served in this modern, functional kitchen.


A quartet of dining chairs from Williams Sonoma surrounds a custom Keith Fritz dining table, while the Strada Ring chandelier in bronze is by Visual Comfort.

Clean, contemporary and practically chic—perhaps that’s the best way to describe this Woodley Park kitchen that Georgetown-based interior designer Colman Riddell ( participated in for a married DC couple and their two children.

“The homeowners wanted a highly functional family kitchen, as well as a fun, dynamic and interesting entertainment space,” says Riddell, a DC native who started her business in 2006. She was hired shortly after Barnes Vanze Architects ( came on board in 2016 to remodel the home. The kitchen redesign was done in close collaboration with Waterworks Georgetown (waterworks.‌com) kitchen specialist Emily Eads.


Single-paneled Alta cabinets from Waterworks have polished nickel pulls in Pinnacle, and a Viking stove sits beneath a custom hood by Vent-A-Hood.

“They wanted a very durable countertop, so we selected a cream Caesarstone, and then added a raised walnut breakfast bar for visual interest,” adds Riddell of the large island, which is used for food prep and easy meals.

The high-contrast kitchen also features dark gray stained wood cabinetry, with plenty of hidden storage for appliances and wares; the homeowners like to cook, but wanted a clutter-free vibe.


A pass-through area to the great room, which includes the kitchen and dining niche, serves as a glamorous bar, with a glossy Farrow & Ball Hague Blue finish on custom cabinetry by Falcon Construction. Walls are upholstered in a faux snakeskin fabric by Duralee.

The adjacent dining niche carries over the sleek contemporary feel of the kitchen, with an additional pop of color. “After the neutral palette, we decided to bring in that midnight blue in the mohair-upholstered dining chairs. Its darker hue is practical, yet bold,” says Riddell of the accent color that appears elsewhere in the home’s decor. Of course, the edgy light fixture that hangs above is the icing on the cake.


Photography by: Robert Radifera; styling by Charlotte Safavi