interiors: Maven Interiors construction: G.J. Miller Construction cabinetry: Finer Cabinetry & Woodworking countertops: Oregon Tile & Marble
OPPOSITE: Oval mosaic tile from Pratt & Larson lends the kitchen a subtle shimmering effect; Texas Lightsmith crafted the copper hood. Three Restoration Hardware pendants help fill the large volume of space. THIS PAGE: One end of the kitchen features a drum light from Circa Lighting and a custom curved banquette upholstered in Shooting Star fabric by Kravet.
The kitchen may be the workhorse of the home—but that doesn’t mean it has to be a purely practical space. In renovating a central Oregon home, interior designer Kim Hagstette, founder of Portland’s Maven Interiors, imbued sumptuous style at every turn. As a base for the new look, Hagstette opted for Pratt and Larson EP White Shell tile to add some shimmer behind the Wolf range. Additional reflective surfaces—a copper hood from Texas Lightsmith, polished nickel pendant lights from Restoration Hardware, and a stainless steel Sub-Zero fridge—further the high-end aesthetic. “The texture and sheen of the finishes play with the light and add an element of sophistication,” Hagstette says. The homeowners have hosted up to 80 guests at a time, so a layout that could accommodate a flow of visitors through the kitchen was key. At one end of the room, an octagonal bay that used to hold a simple wooden bench now houses a custom upholstered banquette and asymmetrical table whose shape allows the patio door to swing open. Assisting with any after-party cleanup are not one, but two dishwashers, by Asko and Miele. The tricky thing about a kitchen designed to host a crowd is that it also needs to be comfortable for intimate gatherings. “We considered all the details in order to make it work for two or 20,” Hagstette says. The banquette, for example, is a cozy spot for quiet mornings over tea, and serves as a place to mingle during a large party. And the marble-topped island, while an ideal prep space for everyday dinners, is also a grand setting for hor d’oeuvres. One could argue that we all deserve luxury in our everyday— but no one would disagree that fancy festivities deserve the same. h GRAY ISSUE No. EIGHTEEN