Stainless and Vintage Mesh in Historic Showhouse

ELLICOTT CITY, MD— Staying true to the character of a 19th-century home can be a challenge for a designer, especially when today’s high-styled appliances beg to be included. For the young homeowners of “The Lawn,” an historic home located here, incorporating those appliances in the kitchen and butler’s pantry was as important as including the vintage elements that would define the design.

The couple worked in tandem with the showhouse committee and Sandy and Don Roos, owners of Roos Kitchen & Bath Design Studio in Ellicott City, MD, to create a kitchen and butler’s pantry that would provide both optimal functionality and reflect a home constructed in 1842.

“The homeowners had a few different elements that they wanted incorporated into each of the rooms, and we had to come up with designs that worked around those elements,” comments Sandy Roos, design consultant for the firm.


One of the elements that Roos had to deal with in the kitchen was the original wood plank floor, which had to remain untouched per the showhouse committee request. As a result, the worn, rugged appearance needed to blend well with the design of the rest of the room.

The homeowners also requested that their collectible brass coffee urns be used in the room’s design. Hung on the far left wall, the urns help tie in the new with the old. Beneath the urns sits a stainless KitchenAid built-in microwave with drop-down door.

Semi-custom cabinetry from Decora in Teaberry, a dark burnished cherry, reflected the homeowners’ love of dark wood and furniture. “It was actually on the verge of a black brown,” notes Roos.

Capri Limestone countertops from Silestone top the cabinets. Wrought iron hardware, which sports a rust tone, corresponds to the colors in the space.

Rounding the left corner toward the hood is a Franke sink and Kohler faucet, which were placed
beneath the window. On the main wall, the stainless steel range from KitchenAid and dark wood hood act as the focal point, backed by a simple patterned tile backsplash. The wood hood is flanked on each side by cabinets with doors sporting Baroque glass with entwined black lead. To the left of the range, a KitchenAid dishwasher was paneled so as not to compete with the cooking appliance.

Upper and lower cabinets, some open with baskets, continue on the right wall leading to the stainless steel refrigerator from KitchenAid.

The homeowners were also enamored with a copper ceiling tile that they viewed in the Roos’ showroom, and asked to have it included in their kitchen. Rather than tile the full ceiling, which was fairly low, Roos chose to encase a portion of the ceiling with dark wood beams and fill the center with tile.

“If we had done the whole ceiling, it would have felt very confined,” she reports.

Roos believes the copper ceiling balances the elements in the room. “The copper tone offsets all of the red tones in the room, such as the countertop and the reddish brown hardware. The copper tiles warm the room and give it a little bit of a lift, so it’s not so dark.”

An alcove in the kitchen, to the left of the microwave area, became the home of a maple hutch finished in off-white with an espresso glaze to accentuate the cabinet edge details. Baroque glass doors feature entwined black lead that ties in with the hardware.

The Silestone countertop on the hutch is Mahogany, a mixture of rust and black tones blended with a small amount of off-white.

The hutch is a mindful contrast to the kitchen cabinets and countertop, according to Roos. “It’s a back and forth element – dark, light, dark, light,” she offers.


The owner wanted a warm “antique” style for the Butler’s Keeping Room, which was located on the floor below the kitchen. The focal point of the room is an antique-styled black Elmira range with side warming oven that features stainless steel trim.
“It was a big dictator for the overall style of the butler’s pantry,” notes Roos. “We basically worked around the style of that range.”

Roos placed the range on the far wall and surrounded it with cabinets from Dutch Mills, Inc. in a vintage wineberry tone on maple. A shiny Silestone countertop in Amarillo Sand features gold flecks that add drama to the space.

Opposite the range wall is the main U-shaped pantry, which Roos finished with cabinets in tones of “vintage white” with brown glaze. The creamy cabinets from Dutch Mills feature a detailed door style, crown molding and furniture-style millwork, which give them a touch of French Country. Glass-front doors, open shelving and vintage pewter hardware add to the distinctive look.

The Kohler sink and Santec faucet are located under a window directly across from the range.

Topping the cabinets are Almarillo Palmira leather countertops from Silestone, which feature a non-reflective finish. They offer a subtle contrast to the Venetian plaster walls and beadboard backsplash, according to Roos.

A two-drawer refrigerator from U-Line and a KitchenAid dishwasher are paneled to blend with the cabinets. “I didn’t want appliances in the room to overtake the range,” stresses Roos.

The floor is finished in a black and white faux marble tile from Amtico, laid in a diamond pattern “to give it a little more interest,” notes Roos. The look of the floor, as well as other elements in the room, mimics the look of homes designed long ago, Roos concludes.