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“What a Nice Kitchen”
Comments () | Published October 1, 2008

Musician J. Reilly Lewis and wife Beth in their renovated kitchen. Beth, a former cook and caterer, says the design is conducive to holding informal cooking demonstrations for friends. Photograph by Bret Littlehales.

Contemporary but Cozy

J. Reilly Lewis may be founder and conductor of the Washington Bach Consort, but his wife took the lead in the redesign of their North Arlington kitchen. A former cook and caterer and a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine, Beth Lewis wanted a contemporary style in their galley kitchen—designed by Caryn Slattery-Walp of Stuart Kitchens in McLean—because it’s an efficient arrangement for cooking. It also comes in handy when she and her husband entertain because their friends like to watch her cook and pick up tips. “They love that part of coming over,” she says, “because it’s a cooking lesson.”

The cabinets—from Acorn in Kitchener, Canada—are cherry with a chestnut finish, and the granite countertops are polished “cosmic black.” Says Beth Lewis: “They’re really not black black. They’re almost more gray, but they have a lot of swirls and sparkles. It really looks like the cosmos.” The pendant lights, from Dominion Electric Supply Company in Arlington, are hand-blown glass and, Lewis says, look like stars.

The refrigerator/freezer is Sub-Zero, and the oven, cooktop, hood, microwave, and warming drawer are Wolf. The warming drawer was especially important to Lewis, who says she never knows what time her husband will be home from rehearsals. She also added a banquette off to one side of the room: “When you go to a restaurant, everybody wants to sit in a booth. We like that cozy situation so you can solve the world’s problems over a bottle of wine.”

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