How do you make a kitchen in a historical home feel current while paying homage to its history? Just look to this luxe and layered gathering place by designer and architect Gillian Green. “This house is grand and muscular in proportion, but the kitchen had been stripped of its historical details long ago,” she says. “Our intention was to be respectful of the original design while adding new, modern elements. We incorporated blue-black cabinets to ground the white and light oak in the room.” Chevron floors and warm brass accents add plenty of warmth, while a reconfigured layout maximizes indoor-outdoor living during the warmer months. Scroll down for Gillian’s insights on updating a kitchen in an older home.