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into what she calls a slightly modern, Bohemian farmhouse.
Levison worked with local
architect Pam McBride, but her
own ideas drove the project. “I
fought to have the open plan
on the first floor,” Levison says.
“Everyone cautioned me
about not having more walls,
but I stood my ground.” She
got her open-floor plan, the
ideal space for gatherings.
“No one can believe how
Designing the kitchen
was a treat. Counter-tops in various materials provide ample
counters are Caesarstone. “It’s
basically maintenance free and
super durable,” Levison says,
“and it’s an Israeli product.” The
massive island is topped with
Vermont Imperial Danby marble.
It’s extremely smooth and stays
cool, which is essential for rolling pastry or chocolate. And it’s
a less porous marble that stays
clean. “The marble is still white
after three years of heavy use,
with spills of beets, red wine and
tomato sauce,” says Levison. The
backsplash is a simple, white subway tile, grouted in gray to make
it pop. Island cabinets are gray;
perimeter cabinets are white
topped by gray counters. Knobs are oil-rubbed bronze cup pulls
and latches. “I wanted to feel like I was inside a chocolate shop
in the 1900s,” Levison says. The floor is American walnut, a
choice that’s kinder than tile on the legs and backs of cooks
spending hours on their feet.