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ALL ABRO AD
Transatlantic Design
Transforming outdated country French into a
modern and warm kitchen from across the pond
FRENCH DESIGNER SAMIA VERBIST currently lives in Huntington Beach,
Calif., and that is where her company Samia Verbist Interior Design is
based. But 5,500 miles did not deter her client in France from hiring her to
remodel the home she had just acquired in Honfl eur in Normandy. Verbist
had previously designed the client's medical offi ce in Paris, and working
together again was a natural fi t.
Th e 1980s home included two levels and many small rooms. To say that
it had traditional French charm would be a stretch. Verbist was tasked with
opening and modernizing every inch - or centimeter - and she was going
to have to do it remotely.
Visiting once before demolition began, she discussed her plans and
goals for all the rooms with the client and contractor, then headed back to
California with blueprints in hand to make it all happen from far away and
mostly during the pandemic.
CREATING AN OPEN CONCEPT
Th e home's original entry door opened on a cramped hallway and kitchen,
and a wall separated the kitchen from the living and dining rooms. Th e
layout would have to change signifi cantly to accommodate the client's
request for an island or peninsula with counter stools.
She worked with the on-site contractor, and he approved her structural
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RIGHT Opting for quartz
countertops was a nod to
American style, but the edge
is European thin. The installer
added plywood underneath
the peninsula overhang for
stability.
ABOVE Designer Samia Verbist
chose copper pendants
to draw out the vein in t he
countertops and ba cksplash
while refl ecting light from the
new window that repla ced the
entry door, which was moved
to another room.
By CARRIE WHITNEY

Kitchen & Bath Business November/December 2022

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