When this stately home was built in 1908, kitchens were not meant to be seen by guests. This gem contained a narrow butler’s pantry and a tiny back vestibule where the refrigerator was crammed. By combining the three spaces and replacing several windows, the kitchen is now bright and welcoming to family and friends. Birch cabinets stained in a blonde ash finish are topped with bright quartz while the blue island takes its cue from the stunning quartzite countertop. Special touches include a Bertazzoni gas range – a nod to the family’s extended time in Italy – and a coffee & tea center. Plus a new half bath replaced the informal second stairwell.