The feeling starts when you turn onto your street. Your foot falls on that front step and you’re already a bit lighter. Your hand touches that doorknob and the air is softer. You cross that threshold, close the door behind you and you know: this is your place. Here is home.
Eve and Mark Antoci know that their home is where problems are solved, not created. “There’s enough that needs fixing out there,” Mark says with a chuckle — as a commercial plumber, he would know. “We wanted to leave it out there.” When it came time to recreate their kitchen and dining room, they knew they didn’t want to invite worry in. So they invited Marana.
It wasn’t a hasty decision: the Antoci family planned for two years until they found Marana, because they needed someone who understood that big choices aren’t ones you want to worry about later. Marana knew they needed a space that they could live in, not think about.
But a family kitchen isn’t just made to be photographed. Marana knew it would be the most-used space in the house, and built it to be full. Durability is part of it: a porcelain counter, so stains disappear with a wipe, seven layers of paint, so scratches and bumps don’t show, sturdy Blum tracks on the drawers, so they’ll glide open as smoothly the thousandth time as they did on the first.
“It’s nice to not have to worry about it,” Eve says, leaning casually against her counter. “It’s always nice to be able to close a door and think, ‘There. Everything is in its place.’”
That’s what home is about, after all: knowing you’re in the right place.