An Understated, Elegant Kitchen

In keeping with Belgian tradition, this kitchen combines rustic wood and brick elements juxtaposed with smooth stone surfaces and sleek steel appliances in a quiet, clean design that mixes the old with the new, evoking a sense of modernism. Among the traditional elements are the arching doorways and windows, the cornice molding on the mesh-fronted cupboard, and the high fireplace with storage for wood beneath. The wood finishes are also highly customary: the long “convent” table, the unstained floor planks, and exposed beams and rafters.