How Brooke Wagner Created a Brand New Kitchen That Actually Feels Lived In

Nothing in a vacation home should be expensive. For a new build on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, Brooke Wagner’s clients wanted “a ‘kitchen’ they could use without worrying.” As director at Brooke Wagner Design, which specializes in bespoke homes, Wagner was tasked with creating a layout that could accommodate the owner’s visiting family and friends: “Our biggest hurdle was making it flexible in terms of timing [anywhere between] 2 to 20 people use it.”

The designer and her team worked closely with Beckwith Builders lead architect Aimee Bentley to make the space feel both “timeless and functional,” notes Wagner. This required taking the patina and character of surfaces such as unlacquered brass and reclaimed wood beams and incorporating more durable elements, including polished Emerstone countertops that are very easy to clean and maintain.

Brushed white oak floors, island pendant lights, and gold-plated fixtures add warmth to the space, while a white zellige backsplash (which extends to the hood) and wood-paneled ceiling add texture. A pair of picture windows let plenty of natural light into the room, which has a SubZero refrigerator hidden in its cabinets.

Brooke Wagner kitchen

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One of the designer’s favorite elements? A floating quartz shelf fitted above the Wolf range, intended for storing tools and condiments while cooking.


Countertops: Emerstone “Calacata Vagli”. Hardware: Rejuvenation. Island pendant lights: Roman + Williams Guild. wall lamps: Municipal electrics. Carpet/Runner: Vintage. Barstool: Hollywood at home. dining chairs: Rose Tarlow. dining table: Rose Tarlow. Lighting: Municipal electrics. area and Oven: Wolf. Water tap: Expensive. Bathroom sink: Charcoal burner. Refrigerator: Under zero. Flooring: Random lengths.

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Lindsey Ramsey manages grocery and home content operations for Delish and House Beautiful; When she writes, she covers pop culture, travel and design in the fields of food and home. She loves Chicken Parm more than anyone on this planet.

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