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The Residences: The Art of Modern Elegance with Julie Kantrowitz

When you think of modern elegance, the first thing that comes to mind is a space with sleek, clean lines free of clutter. This interior style focuses on injecting a sense of calm and serenity into the room while staying sophisticated and approachable.

For her latest project, Project Hubbard, interior designer Julie Kantrowitz of JK Interior Living shows us how she infuses interiors with her signature style – a kind of liveable elegance that focuses on the beauty of simplicity with a refined and relaxed feel. It’s a style that promotes function and imagines a space for longevity, making it a look you want to embrace in your home.

Sharing more of her design approach, Julie shares that she takes “a tremendous amount of inspiration” from her travels. “I am very mindful of providing each and every one of my clients with a boutique hotel experience within their own homes,” she says.

“My interior design style is a distinctive cross between California Casual and Classic New England. I believe that elegance and sophistication are achieved through layers of well planned design and identify with the less is more approach,” Julie adds.

The Kitchen

ulie notes that the kitchen in Project Hubbard is one of her favourite rooms to date. She shares, “Every designer dreams of clients who allow them to take risks for the greater good of the design. The multi level marble island in this kitchen was that risk. With my firm conviction, these lovely clients trusted the outcome would provide them with an original yet still classic white kitchen.”

In this space, the warm neutral palette is complemented with layers of custom details, from the backsplash to the marble on the kitchen island. The abundance of storage keeps it functional, and the use of luxurious materials inspires a lasting polish. 

“A classic white kitchen does not need to be mundane or, even worse, avoided. Most of my favourite kitchens are various degrees of white, and all are far from ordinary,” Julie explains. “In this kitchen, I specified the kitchen perimeter cabinetry as Pointing by Farrow and Ball in various sheens.”

To add more personality and charm to the space, Julie opted to mix and match traditional brass hardware for the kitchen cabinets. The rich golden finish of the Armac Martin Queslett and Latchford collections gives an effortless but opulent look. 

She notes, “Mixing materials is the foundation of building a complex yet sophisticated canvas for interiors. I opt to alternate styles of hardware within the same tonal scheme for added dimension and interest while remaining cohesive with the overall space.”

“In this property, we emphasised certain hardware pieces by Armac Martin that we knew would enhance the space. We even designed certain features, such as the custom refrigerator panels, with the appliance pull specs in mind. I refer to these as ‘quiet’ and ‘loud’ moments; most of our hardware selections were supportive in the background while others had their moment to shine.”

The Scullery

Behind a pocket door from the main kitchen is the scullery. The statement oversized custom sink draws the eyes in, along with the painted cabinetry in Quarry Rock by Benjamin Moore.

While the walls retain the warm neutral aesthetic seen in the main kitchen, the deeper hues and the brass hardware from Armac Martin’s Bromwich collection create drama and allure, providing a sharp contrast to the adjacent room. “We have plenty of experience with butler’s pantries, but this was our very first scullery,” shares Julie. 

“These lovely clients have an affinity for cooking as well as entertaining, and while understandably wanting to keep their kitchen spotless after cooking, this space is where all the pots and pans rest while dinner is underway,” the designer adds.

The Boot Room

For a cohesive look with the rest of the house, the boot room also adopts minimalist and elegant interiors. It’s a perfect blend of form and function, with the cabinetry providing ample storage space clad in a simple yet striking design. Armac Martin’s brass hardware – the 0845 Hook and pieces from the MIX collection – provides a subtle touch of glamour without overwhelming the space, elevating Julie’s ‘less is more’ approach.

Shares Julie, “None of my custom homes is complete without incorporating Armac Martin, and this room is no exception. The range of finishes and styles are unmatched, and the quality is far superior to other leading hardware lines.”

The Primary Bathroom

Last but not least, the primary bathroom evokes a boutique hotel feel that can be enjoyed and admired every day, with the rich hues of the cabinets complementing the opulent accents of the his and hers vanity area – from the mirrors, faucets, and cabinet handles from Armac Martin’s Bromsgrove collection.

When designing your interiors, Julie offers this crucial piece of advice. “Deconstruct the process upfront and select 1 or 2 focal features at most. From there, all supporting components should only enhance, not distract from, your focal intention. Whether referencing hardware, lighting, or overall stylistic approach, the same composition holds true.”

For more modern elegant interior inspiration, check out Orange County Cottage by Mindy Gayer, An Elegant Update to A 1920s Weatherboard Home by Carla Salsone, and A Dreamy Yorkshire Home. Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest from Gregory Croxford Living.