From the February/March 2022 Issue  

Magic Moments

Writer Marirose Krall  |  Photographer Mike Van Tassell  |  Designer Cindy Dzurita  |  Location Englewood, NJ

A neutral base in a Bergen County kitchen allows decorative accents to shine

The island is a statement in itself with an Elephant Ear centerpiece accessorized by attention-grabbing curved and slatted stools. “My clients came with me to the showroom,” the designer says. “So we were able to sit in them, which is a luxury these days.”

The décor in this Englewood, New Jersey, kitchen starts with a foundation of classic, subtle neutrals: white oak floors and white cabinets accented with a cool gray wall. It’s a solid base over which Cindy Dzurita layered furnishings and fixtures that take the space from “standard” to “special.” Dzurita, owner of CD Interiors in Manalapan, New Jersey, describes the finished look as transitional.

The designer built upon the understated backdrop to create a space that features a variety of “wow” moments. The striking stools at the island, for example, catch the eye with slatted backs that blur the distinction between lines and curves to dazzling effect. “The luxurious walnut stools add depth and interest to the kitchen,” Dzurita says. “They’re absolutely beautiful.”

The navy blue leather seats on the stools coordinate with the armchairs at the dining table. The chairs feature “bubble” fabric upholstery, which adds texture that accentuates their hip, Midcentury silhouette. The dining table has a Midcentury vibe as well, with unadorned planes supported by a unique base composed of legs that splay out from the center.

White oak floors are laid in a herringbone pattern. The window treatment offers a punch of color and pattern against the all-white cabinetry.

The benches at the dining table offer their own unusual elements. The upholstery features a patchwork of fabric and tassels in taupe and blue that offer decorative impact while camouflaging stains. “This is a large family with four children,” Dzurita explains. “We made sure our fabric choices were going to be kid-friendly.”

Dzurita added memorable elements overhead as well, with metal-and-glass light fixtures above the island and the dining table. “With very high ceilings [these are 11 feet], you can bring in larger pieces and mix and match that way. You have the space for it; it’s not overwhelming.”

In this kitchen, the designer has created a soothing space that’s energized but not overshadowed by carefully selected, distinctive pieces. “It’s a white kitchen with interesting accessories,” Dzurita explains. “In my design, I always mix. I really never go with one style. I find it makes a room more exciting. I always like to have a little bit of the unexpected.”