When it came to designing the 328-square-foot kitchen of her newly built home, Laura McCroskey’s client, Becky Hillyard, had one request: “No marble!” The lifestyle influencer, founder of the blog Cella Jane, had asked her 642,000 Instagram followers for advice on which surface material to use—and nearly everyone cautioned against marble, since it’s so easy to stain.
Still, she couldn’t shake how much she liked the way it looked. The mom of three told McCroskey, founder of McCroskey Interiors, that she was willing to settle for a porcelain look-alike—but the designer wouldn’t have it. (“Staining is no longer an issue if you have the right sealer,” the designer insists.) After some convincing, Hillyard was sold. Sourced from Italy, the marble they ultimately chose showcases a mushroom-gray veining that beautifully reflects the fashionista’s love for warm neutral tones. “She matches her kitchen!” McCroskey laughs.
The room connects to a butler’s pantry that houses the dishwasher, oven, and microwave, plus an additional sink. But the kitchen’s most remarkable feature? Sliding marble slabs behind the cooktop that brilliantly conceal a shallow recess created to hold oils and spices. “Everything is in a clear jar and alphabetically ordered,” Hillyard says. “I’m not a type-A person, but that makes it so easy to cook!”
Century counter stools complement the kitchen island, where Hillyard’s three young children like to do homework or arts and crafts.
White oak built-ins and sliding panels offer easy access to a trove of spices and other cooking essentials. Marble: Carthage Stoneworks.
The tucked-away pantry, which features mirror-paneled doors and bleached wood finishes, gives Hillyard plenty of room to make a mess behind the scenes when hosting guests.
Shelving: Palmer Industries.
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