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KITCHENS OF THE YEAR

A NEW ANGLE

WINNER: CHERYL HAMILTON-GRAY • PHOTOGRAPHY BY PREVIEW FIRST WHEN ERIC’S HOME WAS BUILT,

aesthetic, designer Cheryl

elegant palette with a solid

the residence reflected the archi-

Hamilton-Gray had to recon-

quartz material for countertops

tectural guidelines of the Del

figure the kitchen’s shape.

and crisp, beautiful eucalyptus

Mar Country Club community

By borrowing space from an

veneers for the cabinets that

to which it belonged: French

oversized laundry and walk-

add a very rich feeling.”

country.

in pantry, she gave it a more

That traditional design, with its heavy wood interiors and

Rectangular floor tile is low-

rectangular structure.

maintenance porcelain. It con-

“To make this expanded

tinues to the outdoor kitchen just

crown molding, served the family

kitchen work, I wanted to zone

beyond the dining area through

well. In fact, Eric says, they loved

areas for the cook to prepare food

12-foot, sliding-glass pocket

it. But after living with the same

and for the family to get snacks

doors.

style for 16 years, it got old.

and beverages,” Cheryl says. “I

When the opportunity came

designed the area perpendicular

closed in and not open to the

around to remodel, Eric decided

to the primary refrigerator as a

back yard,” Eric says. “Now it

to shake it up and go modern.

beverage/morning station where

has a very smartly designed

family members and friends

layout. When cooking, I hardly

transition the interior with

could get what they wanted and

have to move around because of

materials and design and really

not occupy the cook’s space.”

where Cheryl put appliances and

“I was excited that we could

freshen it up,” Eric says. “The idea

“Before, the kitchen was

With shape and zoning de-

the island. Plus, she created a

was (1) to create this modern

fined, it was time to choose the

beautiful seating area that faces

vision and (2) to create an indoor-

materials that would enhance

the view to the back yard.”

outdoor living feeling, because

the modern interpretation.

we have this great back yard

To keep the view from being

“Originally the kitchen had

obscured Cheryl installed a

and view that connects to the

traditional granite and stained-

trio of delicate pendant lights

kitchen.”

wood cabinets, which was a nice

attached to a wood panel over

look; but I asked for something

the island. “The wood-clad soffit

had a 45-degree angled wall,

clean, modern and minimalistic,”

over the island gives a special

which doesn’t suit a modern

Eric says. “Cheryl provided an

presence to the pendant lights,”

Because the original kitchen

Regina Kurtz says. “The scale of that wood element is perfect,” Dianne Harsch adds. “It defines the space nicely.” Eric is of the same opinion. “That large block of wood framed

“This is a very large kitchen, but achieved flawlessly with clear and uncomplicated direction.”

— Anita Lewis

62 SAN DIEGO HOME/GARDEN LIFESTYLES • JUNE 2014

Above and right: Aluminum-framed, frosted-glass doors on upper cabinets punctuate eucalyptus veneer and glass backsplashes in a kitchen transformation by designer Cheryl Hamilton-Gray. Engineered quartz countertops balance the setting.

up the whole kitchen. Getting

Right: A swinging door without hardware leads to the pantry. Cheryl made a bold statement by placing a stainless-steel refrigerator and a 100-bottle wine cooler side by side.

the area. But that beefy, rectan-

rid of the angles was the key design element that created a completely new look and feel, and opening up the kitchen to the back yard really transformed gular block of wood that mirrors the size of the island is the icing on the cake.”

JUNE 2014 • sandiegohomegarden.com 63


KITCHENS OF THE YEAR

A NEW ANGLE

WINNER: CHERYL HAMILTON-GRAY • PHOTOGRAPHY BY PREVIEW FIRST WHEN ERIC’S HOME WAS BUILT,

aesthetic, designer Cheryl

elegant palette with a solid

the residence reflected the archi-

Hamilton-Gray had to recon-

quartz material for countertops

tectural guidelines of the Del

figure the kitchen’s shape.

and crisp, beautiful eucalyptus

Mar Country Club community

By borrowing space from an

veneers for the cabinets that

to which it belonged: French

oversized laundry and walk-

add a very rich feeling.”

country.

in pantry, she gave it a more

That traditional design, with its heavy wood interiors and

Rectangular floor tile is low-

rectangular structure.

maintenance porcelain. It con-

“To make this expanded

tinues to the outdoor kitchen just

crown molding, served the family

kitchen work, I wanted to zone

beyond the dining area through

well. In fact, Eric says, they loved

areas for the cook to prepare food

12-foot, sliding-glass pocket

it. But after living with the same

and for the family to get snacks

doors.

style for 16 years, it got old.

and beverages,” Cheryl says. “I

When the opportunity came

designed the area perpendicular

closed in and not open to the

around to remodel, Eric decided

to the primary refrigerator as a

back yard,” Eric says. “Now it

to shake it up and go modern.

beverage/morning station where

has a very smartly designed

family members and friends

layout. When cooking, I hardly

transition the interior with

could get what they wanted and

have to move around because of

materials and design and really

not occupy the cook’s space.”

where Cheryl put appliances and

“I was excited that we could

freshen it up,” Eric says. “The idea

“Before, the kitchen was

With shape and zoning de-

the island. Plus, she created a

was (1) to create this modern

fined, it was time to choose the

beautiful seating area that faces

vision and (2) to create an indoor-

materials that would enhance

the view to the back yard.”

outdoor living feeling, because

the modern interpretation.

we have this great back yard

To keep the view from being

“Originally the kitchen had

obscured Cheryl installed a

and view that connects to the

traditional granite and stained-

trio of delicate pendant lights

kitchen.”

wood cabinets, which was a nice

attached to a wood panel over

look; but I asked for something

the island. “The wood-clad soffit

had a 45-degree angled wall,

clean, modern and minimalistic,”

over the island gives a special

which doesn’t suit a modern

Eric says. “Cheryl provided an

presence to the pendant lights,”

Because the original kitchen

Regina Kurtz says. “The scale of that wood element is perfect,” Dianne Harsch adds. “It defines the space nicely.” Eric is of the same opinion. “That large block of wood framed

“This is a very large kitchen, but achieved flawlessly with clear and uncomplicated direction.”

— Anita Lewis

62 SAN DIEGO HOME/GARDEN LIFESTYLES • JUNE 2014

Above and right: Aluminum-framed, frosted-glass doors on upper cabinets punctuate eucalyptus veneer and glass backsplashes in a kitchen transformation by designer Cheryl Hamilton-Gray. Engineered quartz countertops balance the setting.

up the whole kitchen. Getting

Right: A swinging door without hardware leads to the pantry. Cheryl made a bold statement by placing a stainless-steel refrigerator and a 100-bottle wine cooler side by side.

the area. But that beefy, rectan-

rid of the angles was the key design element that created a completely new look and feel, and opening up the kitchen to the back yard really transformed gular block of wood that mirrors the size of the island is the icing on the cake.”

JUNE 2014 • sandiegohomegarden.com 63

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