How Brooke Wagner Created a Brand New Kitchen That Actually Feels Lived In

How Brooke Wagner Created a Brand New Kitchen That Actually Feels Lived In

Nothing in a vacation home should be precious. For a new build situated next to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, Brooke Wagner’s clients “wanted a ‘cook’s kitchen’ they could use and not worry about.” As principal at Brooke Wagner Design, which specializes in custom homes, Wagner was tasked with creating a layout that could accommodate the owner’s visiting family and friends: “Our biggest hurdle was making it flexible for when [anywhere between] 2 to 20 people are using it.”

The designer and her team worked closely with Beckwith Builders senior architect Aimee Bentley to make the space feel both “timeless and functional,” Wagner notes. That called for embracing the patina and character of finishes, like unlacquered brass and reclaimed wood beams, and folding in more durable elements, including polished Emerstone countertops that are very easy to clean and maintain.

Brushed white oak floors, island pendant lights, and gilded fixtures infuse warmth into the space, while a white zellige backsplash (that extends to the hood) and a wood-paneled ceiling add texture. A pair of picture windows allow plenty of natural light to stream into the room, which has a SubZero fridge hidden in the cabinetry.

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One of the designer’s favorite elements? A floating quartz shelf affixed above the Wolf range, meant to hold tools and spices while you cook.


Countertops: Emerstone “Calacata Vagli.” Hardware: Rejuvenation. Island pendant lights: Roman + Williams Guild. Sconces: Urban Electric. Rug/runner: vintage. Bar stools: Hollywood at Home. Dining chairs: Rose Tarlow. Dining table: Rose Tarlow. Lights: Urban Electric. Range and oven: Wolf. Faucet: Kallista. Sink: Kohler. Fridge: SubZero. Flooring: Random Lengths.

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Lindsey Ramsey
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Lindsey Ramsey manages food and home content operations for Delish and House Beautiful; when she does write she covers pop culture, travel, and design in the food and home spaces.

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