This Kitchen Upgrade in Hudson Is Airy, Beautiful, and Bright

The mix of wood elements — like the walnut table, captain chairs, and pine ceiling — reflect the variety of trees found in the forest outside.
Photos by Lena Pfeiffer

Bilotta Kitchens of NY helped bring the interior renovation of the Columbia County home to life with glass walls and a Carrera marble backsplash.

The Space
A bright and airy kitchen in architect Mark Bearak’s T-shaped home in Hudson, in collaboration with Aston Smith of Bilotta Kitchens of NY.

The Focus
“You want the kitchen to be a backdrop. You don’t want to compete with the outside; you want to be in harmony with the outside,” says designer Aston Smith. The glass walls that surround the kitchen blur the line between outdoors and indoors, along with the careful integration of various types of natural wood, like the heart pine on the ceiling and walnut found on the island and wall cabinets. The concrete-colored quartz countertops and the veining of the Carrera marble backsplash use gray hues to pull in the tones of the stone outcropping on the property and contrast the variety of wood tones.

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The Challenge
Making sure the space provided all the kitchen’s storage needs was key. The refrigerator and pantry sit on either side of the sink, offering symmetry and storage that blends into the aesthetic with matte black finishes. The pantry, which Smith describes as the “workhorse of the kitchen,” has pull out drawers for food supply, houses the microwave, and offers plenty of storage, making it possible to keep the counters free and clear of small appliances. Hidden behind the panels of the island is plenty of storage, especially for extra pots and pans, so that the kitchen is easy to maintain while also fit for gourmet cooking and entertaining, Smith says.

Favorite Part
“The island,” Smith says. “I love the geometry of it. I feel like the kitchen needed something because the one wall is kind of quiet other than the backsplash that has the subtle veining in the stone. It needed something to pop. That furniture detail was an element of interest and geometry that the space needed. It works well with the light fixture Bearak designed for the ceiling.”

The Collaboration
“One of the best parts of two trade professionals working together on a project is that each has mutual respect for one another and each brings their area of expertise to the table for the best possible outcome,” says Kristin Ohnmacht, director of marketing and advertising at Bilotta Kitchens. “Smith was especially thrilled to work on this because it was for an architect’s own home. [Bearak] trusted her to help bring his own project to life. They do many projects together, but this is definitely Smith’s favorite.”

The Team
Architect Mark Bearak of dtls.ARCHITECTURE
Designer Aston Smith of Bilotta Kitchens of NY

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