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FAMILY KITCHENS Summer days With its natural, raw materials and shades of driftwood, this kitchen reflects its role as the social heart of a vacation home beside the beach

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Gathered together This family kitchen celebrates the eclectic tastes of its owners, with a variety of elements chosen for their iconic forms


Café style Featuring a pared-back concrete table top supported by a stainless steel post, the casual dining area lends bistro ambiance to this family kitchen


REMODELED KITCHENS Joining forces In this remodel, the sunroom opens to the kitchen, which opens to the living-dining area, creating one spacious light-filled great room


Post-modern makeover Rustic cabinetry was banished and replaced by a seamless, clean-lined design with a strong urban undercurrrent


In the spotlight Designed to cater to Michelin-starred chefs, this extensively remodeled kitchen also meets the needs of a growing family


With an urban edge A modern composition that teams oak veneer and white lacquer with pops of yellow in overhead cabinets


Living for the city This kitchen reflects a journey of discovery for the homeowner – the designer won her over to a more contemporary sensibility


COLOR & MATERIALS Black and tan This project has two faces – that of a practical family workspace, together with all the gloss and presence for entertaining


Breakout zone Corporate entertaining is relaxed in this remodeled condominium, where a flexible design maximizes all the available space


Freshly picked With sunlight pouring in and the garden right outside the window, this kitchen in a Georgian house is light, bright and cheery


Conversation piece Art moves into the kitchen. The overhead cabinets feature a bold canvas painted by one of the owners – a professional artist


TRADITIONAL STYLES Serene and spacious Taking design cues from the 1900s home, this family kitchen also offers modern accents and plenty of workspace


Grace and charm The kitchen in a new home extends the aesthetic of its classic surroundings


From a bygone era This new kitchen, in an historic 1890s Victorian house, is a fitting complement to the period, but there are no compromises when it comes to modern living


Question of balance With its large handcrafted cabinets, long island and custom hood, this new kitchen is generously scaled to match the grand proportions of a remodeled Mediterranean-style home



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Strong identity Everyone has a favorite style, but the most successful designs stay true to a particular look, right down to the last detail

Summer days With its natural, raw materials and shades of driftwood, this kitchen reflects its role as the social heart of a vacation home beside the beach


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There are multiple ways to fine-tune a preferred design for a new kitchen, but capturing images of other projects you love is good place to start. This was the approach taken by the owners of this extensively remodeled house, Bayne and Scott Belair. The couple presented designer Sean Daigle of Downsview Kitchens with a raft of images, and it was clear the new kitchen

in the family’s vacation home would feature natural, raw materials that would provide a connection to the beach, one block from the house. “We wanted it to be very organic and natural, but with a modern twist,” says Bayne Belair. “We wanted to create a spa-like feel, with a design that would be in keeping with the existing architecture.” Walls were removed to

replace a “hodge-podge of small rooms” with one large family living area that opens to the outdoors. To provide an appropriate backdrop, the existing wood ceiling, with its long, narrow skylights, was sandblasted and stained in a driftwood color that matches the wire-brushed oak floor. The kitchen was placed along one wall, with a large

island forming the center of operations. The wall immediately behind the island features embedded stone – the colors of the stone are echoed by the antiqued patina on the custom hood, and by matching shelving units with wood slats. The cabinetry is also defined by a strong sense of symmetry, but that is where the formality ends. Furniturestyle cabinets at either end

Preceding pages: Natural, organic materials feature throughout this new kitchen, part of a large family living area in a vacation home that has been extensively remodeled. The wall behind the kitchen is embedded with natural stone. Above left: The tall, wire-brushed oak cabinets at either end of the rear wall accommodate an integrated refrigerator-freezer and a large pantry. The end units on the island house items used less frequently.

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Kitchen designer: Sean Daigle, Downsview Kitchens (Juno Beach, FL) Architect: Mitch Miller, Village Architects Builder: Keating-Moore Construction Cabinet company: Downsview Kitchens Cabinetry: Amalfi doors, custom painted in a driftwood tone; custom finish on wire-brushed oak on lower island ends and armoires Hardware: Hamilton Sinkler from Miller’s Fine Decorative Hardware Countertops: Carrara marble by Accurate Tile & Marble Backsplash: Accurate Tile & Marble Flooring: Wire-brushed European oak by California Designs Pendant lighting: Palecek Metal shelving: Ross Enterprises Artwork: Natasha Law Sink: Rohl from Miller’s Fine Decorative Hardware Faucets: Dornbracht from Miller’s Fine Decorative Hardware Stools: Faustina Pace Antiques Range and dishwasher: Thermador Ventilation: Ross Enterprises Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Daniel Newcomb Photography

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of the island, and two large armoire cabinets feature textural wire-brushed oak that evokes a windswept beach. “It’s a very comfortable, casual look well suited to a house by the beach,” says Daigle. “For a little fun, there are black slate inserts on the drawer fronts and countertops on the end units, which the family can write on. “The perimeter cabinets

feature a custom painted finish with stainless steel strapping around the doors and drawers, while the island has recessed panel doors.” To further enhance the idea of different furniture elements, the end units have gray limestone tops, with a custom ogee edge, rather than the chunky profile of the Carrara marble island top. Handles are also in two different styles.

Facing page: Stepped countertops help to reduce the visual mass of the island, which is large enough to accommodate six people sitting at bar stools. Woven pendant lights introduce another natural, textural element to the kitchen. Above left: Steel shelving units with driftwood-colored wood slats create a decorative display above the rear cabinets. These cabinets are a similar color, and feature stainless steel strapping around the drawer edges.

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Gathered together This family kitchen celebrates the eclectic tastes of its owners, with a variety of elements chosen for their iconic forms


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When a kitchen is open to the living areas, the cabinetry and island are often made to look like furniture, to help blend the spaces together. But the design can go a step further, introducing elements chosen because the homeowners love each piece and want to enjoy them every day. For this kitchen in a traditional home, the owners asked designer Natalie Du Bois for a welcoming, quirky, industrial aesthetic with natural accents. The look was to be simple, with plenty of display space, says Du Bois. “This kitchen has more work areas than the original, due in part to the addition of a new

butler’s pantry, which is almost the same size as the kitchen itself. This ‘second kitchen’ offers lots of storage, a butler’s sink and dishwasher.” Most of the messier aspects of kitchen life, such as breakfast clutter, are relegated to this ancillary room, freeing up the main area for cooking and entertaining. “Another major advantage of such a large butler’s pantry is that both the owners and their two children can all use the kitchen at the same time without getting under each other’s feet. “Although most pieces here were chosen because the clients liked them individually,

Above left: This kitchen reinvented by Natalie Du Bois features a variety of elements in different styles from different eras. Above: Stained wood cabinetry offers warmth and a furniture-like sensibility, appropriate to a kitchen open to the living spaces of the home. Shelving on the front of the island furthers this impression, and provides a place for the owners to display objects and store cookbooks.

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Kitchen designer: Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design Cabinetry: Stained oak veneer Backsplash: Subway tiles Hardware, storage systems: Blum Countertops: Stainless steel, combination of brushed and textured; concrete countertop Kitchen sink: Butler’s sink from In Residence; prep sink on island, Aoraki by Heritage Hardware Faucets: Black Pan mixers with spray attachments from Robertson Oven: Falcon Excel Ventilation: Falcon 110 plus Refrigeration: Samsung Dishwasher: Asko Bins: Häfele Euro Cargo; Hideaway Bar stools: Pedro high stool by Simon James Flooring: White-painted wood Wall coverings: Aalto Prototype Lighting: Ampel pendants designed by Tim Webber, from Corporate Culture Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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each element does connect with another,” says Du Bois. “For example, the concrete island counter, freestanding stainless steel refrigerator and perimeter countertops, along with the black tapware and black prep sink, all contribute to an industrial feel, while the butler’s sink in the pantry and subway tiles on the backsplash are more traditional in flavor. “The subtle palette of gray, black, white and metal further draws the kitchen together.” The designer’s choice of wood for the island and perimeter cabinets evokes a furniture-like aesthetic when viewed from the living area, and

also brings the desired warmth to the kitchen. “In addition, we painted the wooden floors white, which contrasts the darker elements, such as the cabinetry and appliances – this gives the entire kitchen a more dramatic presence.” The stepped backsplash and a shelf above provide ample space for displaying objects, as does shelving on the front of the island. “Another aspect of this kitchen is that it will resist becoming out of date,” says Du Bois. “This is because so many of the elements, modern or otherwise, are design classics, including the butler’s sink and black faucets.”

Facing page: A tight work triangle between refrigerator, oven and island makes for easy preparation and cooking – especially with most other functions farmed out to the pantry. Above left: With the same subway tile backsplash and similar stainless steel countertops, the butler’s pantry links with the kitchen in material terms. A dishwasher brings added functionality to the space and helps keep the kitchen clutter free.

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CafĂŠ style With its pared-back concrete table top supported by a single stainless steel post, this casual dining area lends a relaxed cafĂŠ ambiance to the family kitchen

Lifestyle factors drive the design of most kitchens today, and they were especially significant for this home. Architect James LaRue says the house, on a country lot outside of Austin, epitomizes the hill country contemporary style. “This is a single-level home with lots of wood, stone and glass. It wraps around a private courtyard patio with a pool, which is overlooked by the kitchen and family living area.” In keeping with the laid-back nature of the architecture, the kitchen occupies


a prime position in the large, open-plan family living area. “Because this is such a large space, there was room to place the cooktop on a large island, which the owners requested,” says LaRue. “We were also able to create a café-style concrete table top with bar stools to provide a very social seating area that can be used as a breakfast bar. Or it can be a place for guests to perch with a drink while the owners work in the kitchen. “The concrete table is supported by stainless steel legs, with just a single post

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reaching to the floor. This helps to keep the look light and ensures the island does not look too monolithic.” To maintain consistency with the material palette, the cabinets are in wood. Interior designer Paula Ables chose a pecan stain over a rustic gray stain, which provides a point of difference and allows the grain of the wood to show through. The color and the Shaker-Craftsman style of the doors and drawers both help to keep the look warm and inviting, despite the contemporary treatment.

Countertops in Mojave White granite ensure the kitchen is light and bright. “We also added a band of decorative stone mosaics to the limestone backsplash,” says Ables. “The soft gold, brown and white tones are repeated elsewhere in the house. “To enliven the flooring, we specified travertine tiles in Siena Blend and Giallo, – a mix of two different colors of stone, one light and one dark. We cut the tiles to different lengths and created a random pattern that is unique to this kitchen.”

Appliances are all in stainless steel. They include a large, custom range hood designed by the architect and interior designer. The size and shape of the hood were determined by the need to provide visual balance in the room. A butler’s pantry, between the internal entry and the kitchen, helps to reduce clutter in the kitchen. Other special features include a wood, glass and steel shelving unit designed by LaRue, which complements the exposed steel structural elements.

Preceding pages: This spacious kitchen is all the more inviting for its café-style table and bar stools in the center of the room. The cabinetry has a Shaker look, with wood doors featuring a pecan stain over a rustic gray stain. Above left: A custom stainless steel hood was designed to accommodate the ventilation unit for the cooktop on the island. The kitchen incorporates a wide variety of lighting, with every work surface highlighted. Above: A wood, glass and steel shelving unit helps to separate the different areas in the wider space.

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Above: While many of the windows in the house feature wood framing, the dining area has black steel windows. The narrow mullions and the exposed corner position help to maximize the attractive view of the pool and terrace. The contemporary classic look of the house is reinforced by the furniture, which includes upholstered dining chairs from Bolier & Co and a dark walnut table from Seva Home. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Coles Hairston


Architect: James LaRue with Emily Marks, LaRue Architects (Austin, TX) Interior designer: Paula Ables, Paula Ables Interiors Builder: Shoberg Homes Cabinetry: Pecan stain over Rustic Gray stain Hardware: Schaub Collection, Trinity Building Products Countertops: Mojave White granite from Alkusari Stone; concrete by Newbold Stone Flooring: Travertine in Siena Blend and Giallo from Alkusari Stone; hardwood by Hardwood Design Wall tiles: Lagos Azul limestone, Noce blend travertine and Framenti border by Artistic Tile from Designer Floors of Texas Doors and windows: Loewen

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Bar stools: Bottega in Ivory from Design Within Reach Dining table: Dark walnut from Seva Home Dining chairs: Bolier & Co Paints: Benjamin Moore Lighting: Tech Lighintg; Varaluz from Lighting Inc Sinks: Kohler Irontones in Seasalt from Ferguson Faucets: Kohler Simplice and Karbon Articulating Oven and dishwasher: Miele Cooktop and ventilation: Wolf Refrigeration: Sub-Zero

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A simple stroll can sometimes become the most exciting treasure hunt. Just like sometimes a simple everyday object can reveal its own hidden riches. With Julien Ă la Carte, your lifestyle can be the inspiration for that object. Using 25 unique options, configure your own custom kitchen sink and unveil endless possibilities.

By special request Just as professional chefs have workstations adapted to their needs, you too can customize your kitchen with Julien à la Carte – a new concept for sink work spaces No longer the last item to be considered in a kitchen remodel, the humble sink has come of age. Today, the sink is a serious workstation, so it makes sense to ensure it is perfectly suited to the way you like to work in the kitchen. No-one knows this better than professional chefs, who tailor their workstations to suit their needs. Now you can also personalize your work space,


with Julien à la Carte. As the name suggests, this is a custom solution, and a first for the kitchen industry. The concept has been developed by Julien’s Home Refinements® division. It is a natural progression for the company, which has been designing, manufacturing and installing kitchens in prestigious restaurants and hotels for nearly 70 years.

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Julien à la Carte offers more than a million possible combinations. You simply select a kitchen sink model from one of the regular collections and add the options required. Three standard collections of kitchen sinks, UrbanEdge, J7 and Classic, provide a good place to start. Each collection has a particular look. With its squared corners, UrbanEdge appeals to people who love

modern, urban design. Its crisp, precise lines maximize the available bowl space. The Classic collection has perfectly rounded corners to provide classic styling and easy maintenance. The J7 collection is a hybrid blend of the UrbanEdge and the Classic sinks. The 7mm corners create a contemporary look while making cleaning a breeze. Once you have chosen

your sink type, you can then choose the type of installation you prefer – undermount, topmount or flat apron front. You can also choose where you would prefer to put the holes for the faucets and accessories, and where you would like to position the drain. Sink dividers are another option to consider. Julien offers three alternatives providing two different widths and three

heights to consider. You can also choose to have a built-in drainboard that can be positioned to the left or right of the sink. This is available in 12in, 18in and 24in lengths. A builtin drawer is another option. Julien also offers Signature sinks, which are made to your precise specifications. All you need to do is send in a drawing of your sink and the company will manufacture it.

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Facing page: Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to food preparation and cleanup. Julien Ă la Carte lets you personalize your sink workstation. Top: A Julien Signature sink can be made to your precise specifications. Above left and right: Julien Ă  la Carte options include drainboards, drawers and dividers. Julien sinks are manufactured from 16-gauge 304 stainless steel for high performance.

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From the hills to the sea Nature provided the inspiration for two new collections of natural quartz surfaces from Silestone. Nebula Code and Ocean bring the outdoors in Above: Hélix is one of the new natural quartz surfaces in the Nebula Code collection from Silestone. This surface balances an off-white base color with carefully constructed shades of gray veining. Made from natural quartz, one of the world’s hardest materials, Silestone is highly resistant to scratching, staining and scorching. Silestone comes with the assurance of Greenguard certification for clean air quality, and NSF certification for safe food preparation.


Time-honored materials are always a good choice for a kitchen, but sometimes the idea of something new and exciting is also appealing. Two new Silestone natural quartz surface collections from Cosentino offer the best of both worlds. Following extensive research and development, which included getting feedback from designers, fabricators and distributors at trade shows, the company has released the Nebula Code and Ocean collections. Nebula Code, an evolution of the popular Nebula series, utilizes Silestone’s advanced color technology to bring depth and sophistication

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to kitchens and bathrooms. This range presents neutral hues that are subtle, yet distinctive, with an original pattern of brilliantly colored veining that never repeats. Nebula Code is available in polished and suede finishes in large 63in x 128in slabs, in three different thicknesses. Ocean is Silestone’s newest, most exotic color line, featuring six bold shades that have a natural appearance, similar to granite. This range provides an enhanced sense of movement and unique veining. The slabs, in three thicknesses, also measure 63in x 128in. All Silestone natural quartz products

are non porous and never need to be sealed. Silestone is also easy to clean, has high scratch, stain and heat resistance, and built-in antimicrobial protection. It comes with a 15-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. For more information, contact Cosentino, 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 600, Sugar Land, Texas 77479, phone tollfree (800) 291 1311. Website: save | share Search 43369 at

Above: This kitchen features countertops in Atlantis from the new Ocean collection by Silestone. The dark base of the quartz is offset with small white veins scattered across the surface, creating a 3-D effect that brings visual depth to the kitchen. Left: Arctic from the Ocean series was specified for this kitchen. All Silestone surfaces have built-in antimicrobial protection that safely fights the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

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remodeled kitchens

All the better Removing walls, linking spaces and adding plenty of functionality can transform a kitchen, so it becomes the inviting heart of the home

Joining forces In this remodel, the sunroom opens to the kitchen, which opens to the living-dining area, creating one spacious, light-filled great room Not every home you purchase is a perfect fit for the family – but sometimes you just need to see the potential to know you are making the right decision. In this instance, it was a closed-in kitchen and a succession of separate living areas that needed changing, says interior designer Cheryl Hamilton-Gray CKD. “The existing kitchen was hemmed in on one side by an enclosed dining room linked to a sunroom, and on the other by a living room,” she says. “These were all separate rooms, so there was no natural


flow. An oversized skylight in the kitchen was also a problem. It allowed too much sunlight to enter, so the kitchen was frequently too bright and overheated.” Removing walls was a priority. This opened up the kitchen to the rooms on both sides, making the entire space light and airy. “Renovation projects can snowball, and that’s what happened here,” says the designer. “We decided to remove the ceiling over the kitchen, replacing it with a new ceiling that follows the gable of

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the roofline. This created a much bigger volume and gave the space a lofty, architectural feel. We also replaced the single large skylight with two smaller ones, and introduced rustic beams that would be in keeping with the eclectic Arts and Crafts style of the house itself.” Two new structural columns that support one of the new openings were clad in distressed barn wood. And the cabinetry within the central island in the kitchen was also made from distressed barn wood to match the columns.

“Because the house was not strictly an Arts and Crafts or traditional style, we had the freedom to treat the kitchen as a new transitional space,” Hamilton-Gray says. “The reclaimed materials convey the sense of a relaxed family living area. At the same time, however, we kept the perimeter cabinets white, and added crown mouldings – we didn’t completely ignore the traditional elements already existing in the house.” The island countertop and bar were chosen to complement the distressed


Preceding pages and facing page: An eclectic mix of textural materials enlivens this remodeled kitchen designed by Cheryl Hamilton-Gray. The island countertop and bar top are in cold rolled steel with a Ferris black patina, while the perimeter countertops are Wild Sea granite. The Verde Laguna and grey backsplash mosaic tiles feature polished and matte limestone. Above and left: Before-and-after images highlight the dramatic change to the kitchen. Walls were removed to open up the kitchen to the living room on one side, and to a sunroom on the other. The ceiling above the kitchen now follows the roofline.

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Top and above: The living room is now an integral part of a much larger great room, encompassing the kitchen, sunroom and former dining area. Above right: Distressed planks, similar to those used on the floor, form the island cabinetry. The relaxed, rustic look of the island is contrasted by more traditional white-painted perimeter cabinets. Far right: The original kitchen felt isolated from the rest of the living areas, says the designer. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by


cabinetry – they feature cold rolled steel with a Ferris Black patina. The owners were inspired by a similar surface in their favorite neighborhood pub. In contrast, the perimeter countertops are Wild Sea granite. This tones with the Verde Laguna and gray-tiled backsplash, which features mosaics in polished and matte limestone. Here, the tiles are laid vertically, which helps to raise the perceived height of the wall. To allow several people to work in the kitchen at once, there are two sinks, and

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a separate drinks area. This has a coffee machine, refrigerated drawers and a wine refrigerator. Drinks can be prepared without the need to enter the main part of the kitchen. The backsplash in this area is a more demure cream-toned subway tile. In keeping with the owners’ love of entertaining family, children and friends, the designer provided several seating areas. There are bar stools at the main island and at the bar in the living room, a casual dining table in the sunroom, and a formal dining area in the living room.


Interior designer: Cheryl Hamilton-Gray, CKD, Hamilton-Gray Design, Inc (Carlsbad, CA) Cabinet company: Murray Lampert Construction Cabinetry: Distressed barn wood; white lacquer Hardware: Restoration Hardware Storage systems: Rev-A-Shelf Countertops: Wild Sea granite on perimeter; cold rolled steel with Ferris Black patina on island and bar Backsplash: GP Wedgwood Blue tiles from Walker Zanger and Verde Laguna mosaics from MA Tile Sink: Franke Faucets: Hansgrohe Flooring: Custom wood planks in cabin-grade beech

Lighting: Barn pendant from Restoration Hardware Bar stools: Coleman from Etsy Range: Wolf Ventilation: Vent-A-Hood Microwave oven: Dacor Water dispenser: Newport Brass Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Dishwasher: Miele integrated

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Post-modern makeover Rustic cabinetry was banished in this kitchen remodel. It was replaced by a seamless, clean-lined design with a strong urban undercurrent

Compromises are often made when you buy a property, but accentuating the positive and changing the negative can give you the home you always wanted. The owners of this house loved the open, flowing layout of the interior, but they weren’t keen on the heavy, traditional Mediterranean-style cabinetry in the kitchen, says designer Krista Watterworth Alterman.


“The existing kitchen was also small, lacked the required functionality, and there was no sense of symmetry,” she says. “And even though large windows frame the room, it felt like a dark, cluttered space.” Alterman says her clients wanted a post-modern look, without sacrificing comfort. The kitchen needed to be fresh, vibrant and contemporary, and have plenty of storage.

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Alterman’s solution was to utilize every inch of space to make the kitchen larger. A multifunctional island was introduced, providing a generous work space, casual dining area and a place for family and friends to gather and socialize. “We chose dark-stained sapele wood for the cabinetry, so the rest of the palette is light and airy,” says the designer. “The doors are sleek and clean

lined, as are the countertops. Those on the perimeter feature low-maintenance engineered stone, but for the island we chose a stained concrete top, which provides the urban undercurrent the owners desired.” Alterman says the main challenge was marrying the traditional elements of the home with the contemporary furniture and cabinetry.

“I love to wed rustic with minimalist. The bar stools, for example, have a traditional form, but with contemporary oversized chrome nail heads.” Storage has tripled with the new cabinets. Overhead doors pop up easily, and have automated interior lighting. Alterman also provided custom drawer inserts for the clients’ collections of cutlery, glassware and ceramics.

Kitchen designer: Krista Watterworth Alterman, Krista Watterworth Design Studio (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) Cabinet company: Cabinets By Design Cabinetry: Quarter-cut sapele Cabinet automation: Blum Aventos Cabinet lighting: Hera Countertops: NQ09 Woven Wool; stained concrete, Daltile quartz Backsplash: Daltile City View tiles Floor tiles: Naturella marble Paints: Benjamin Moore Bar stools: Marcello by Ballard Designs Dining chairs: Restoration Hardware

Lighting: Restoration Hardware barrel shade pendant; FontanaArte Flute 3 pendant lamp, Moooi Random light Sink: Kohler Vault Faucets: Kohler Purist Oven, cooktop and refrigeration: KitchenAid Ventilation: Broan Elite

Preceding pages: Sleek, streamlined and uncluttered – this remodeled kitchen is everything the former Mediterranean-style kitchen wasn’t. The new kitchen has not only introduced a calmer aesthetic, but also tripled the storage space. These pages: Dark-stained sapele wood cabinets contrast light walls.

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In the spotlight Designed to cater to Michelin-star chefs, this extensively remodeled kitchen also meets the needs of a growing family Above: Black bar stools and a dark walnut floor give the all-white cabinetry in this kitchen plenty of dramatic impact. Interior designer Jamie Herzlinger says the kitchen was designed to be an inviting living area, with much of the functionality hidden. Refrigerators, refrigerated drawers and dishwashers are all integrated into the cabinetry. However, the cooking station, on the front island, is the pièce de résistance – a place where visiting chefs can entertain guests.


Location is everything when you buy a house, but it can mean making compromises in other areas. For this house, in a picturesque setting on a golf course, it was the interior that needed serious attention. Interior designer Jamie Herzlinger says she was initially called in to tweak the furnishings, but the true scope of the project quickly became apparent, and it started with the kitchen. “The owners are in the food business, and frequently entertain using caterers and exhibitions chefs who may be flown in from anywhere in the world,” Herzlinger says. “There was no

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way the existing kitchen could meet their needs. It was dark and dated, and it didn’t have the required functionality for the family or for entertaining. And like much of the house, it was an unattractive potato brown color.” The designer says the existing kitchen was gutted, and extra space gained by pushing it out towards a patio at the front of the house. “Because of its position, the patio was not used for outdoor living. This gave us another 10ft of space to use inside.” Herzlinger says it also meant the kitchen was very long, but relatively narrow. To expand

the apparent width, new walnut flooring planks were laid on the diagonal. New beams were introduced to the ceiling to help contain the kitchen visually within the overall space. However, the starting point for the design was the need for a chef’s station – a massive cooking island that is like a demonstration kitchen with bar stools for guests. “The kitchen also needed to accommodate a sous chef on occasions, so the second island with the sinks is perpendicular to the first,” says the designer. “The workstations are arranged so the chefs won’t collide while working. We also


Above left: To enhance the sense of a living room, the islands resemble traditional furniture pieces, complete with turned legs and a diamond motif. Above: The kitchen comprises two large islands, one for cooking and the other for food preparation, family dining and cleanup. Left: Dated wood cabinets and a brown color scheme defined the original kitchen.

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Above: The kitchen was designed so that several people could work simultaneously. The cabinets on the side wall conceal pantries, with additional storage for dishes and other items used less frequently in the upper cabinets. New ceiling beams complement the home’s classical architecture. Right: In the original kitchen, the cooktop was against the wall. The designer changed this to provide a more social aspect.


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put the bank of ovens to one side, so they can be used independently by a pastry chef. This was one of the most challenging aspects of the design – how to keep all the chef stations linked, yet separate.” At the same time, Herzlinger needed to cater to the family’s day-to-day living. So the second island incorporates a table at the far end, where the family can enjoy casual meals and snacks. The design also caters to daily rituals, such as coffee making, with a dedicated area for this activity. And there is a small home office area at the family end of the kitchen, with a

Interior and kitchen designer: Jamie Herzlinger, Jamie Herzlinger Interiors (New York and Scottsdale, AZ) Cabinet company: Rysso-Peters Cabinetry: Wood with painted finish; outer cabinets in Farrow & Ball Pointing; island in Benjamin Moore Gray Cabinet hardware: Alno, Inc Countertops: Calacatta marble from Jamie Herzlinger Interiors Backsplash: Architectonics Chinoiserie Style from Waterworks Sink: Julien Faucets: Rohl in satin nickel Flooring: Custom walnut planking from Jamie Herzlinger Interiors Lighting: Jonathan Browning Wall paints: Farrow & Ball Eggshell Counter stools with red leather: Holly Hunt Fabric stools by hood: Custom by Jamie Herzlinger Interiors Drapes: Custom by Jamie Herzlinger Interiors, with fabric by Holly Hunt Ovens and refrigeration: Miele Cooktop: Wolf Ventilation: Poliform custom design Microwave: Sharp Dishwashers: Asko; Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Patrick Cline

place to charge phones, tablets and laptops. Much of the visual drama comes from the design of the cabinets, which resemble refined furniture pieces. Traditional panel doors and diamond motifs on the ends of both islands complement the home’s classical architectural style. They also reflect the owners’ desire for a space that is less like a kitchen and more like a living area. “The kitchen needed to be very inviting, yet not too formal,” says Herzlinger. “Just like we are taught to layer clothing for added interest, so the kitchen design is layered to create plenty

of visual depth. Reflective elements, such as the glass display cabinets and pendant lights, also help to make the space more lively.” The designer says she suggested an all-white kitchen because “food always looks best against a white background.” The painted cabinets are teamed with Calacatta marble countertops with a traditional profile. Contrast is provided by the dark walnut floors and black bar stools.

Above left: Sparkling pendant lights reinforce the sense that the kitchen is an entertainment zone. At the same time, however, Herzlinger ensured the space would be just as comfortable for the family relaxing on their own. The cabinetry at the far end of the kitchen incorporates a desk, filing drawers and a television.

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With an urban edge This remodeled kitchen in a city house is a modern composition that teams oak veneer and white lacquer with pops of yellow in overhead cabinets

Moving from the suburbs to the city involves a certain change of lifestyle, but it’s even more dramatic when you swap a 1920s Arts and Crafts-style home for a contemporary city house. But that’s exactly what the owners of this house did. Architect William Massey says his clients wanted to embrace their new city lifestyle, and had been looking for a modern, loft-style home. “The house they found was built in 2000, but although they loved the location and the outlook, the interior didn’t


provide a loft space. The living and dining rooms and kitchen were all separate spaces closed off from each other. However, there were pleasant views out large windows at the front and back, which we could maximize by completely opening up the space on the main living level.” Removing the walls between the rooms, and moving the mechanical services created the generous, uncluttered living environment the owners required. But Massey says it was still important to define the various areas within this space.

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“We chose to position the kitchen in the middle, where it helps to separate the various seating and dining areas. But working out what form the kitchen would take was a challenge. We played with 3-D computer models, looking at the different massing possibilities for the kitchen, which needed to be highly functional as well as eye catching. “Initially, the design focused on three 9ft-square cabinet components – one each for storage, cooking and entertainment. We then decided we didn’t need all that

mass, so we carved pieces away, gradually carving off more and more, reducing the mass to the essentials.” Massey says the island was designed on a similar basis – hollowing out a large cube eroded the mass so that it was not too bulky. This created niches for cookbooks and storage. It also gave the island a sculptural look that’s in keeping with the overall aesthetic. To maintain the contemporary feel, a light oak veneer is teamed with crisp white lacquer. This combination avoids

the monotony of using a single material in such a pivotal space. For added visual drama, overhead cabinets and a high shelving unit are painted yellow. “The yellow adds a pop of color, but is not a distraction,” says the architect. “Using a 70% gloss avoids reflections but ensures it has a lively sheen.” Functionality is also assured, with extra storage provided in cabinetry on the opposite wall. This incorporates a coat closet, slide-out pantries and a home office area for laptops and phone charging.

Preceding pages: Cabinets in this new kitchen appear as 3-D insertions within a large, loft-style living space. The geometry of these volumes creates a modern composition that relates to both formal and informal seating areas. Above left: The peninsula serves as a buffet for the dining area. The waterfall countertop on this unit wraps around a wine refrigerator that visually anchors the cabinetry on the other side. Top and above: Both the cabinetry and island appear to have pieces carved out from the original volumes, which gives them a highly sculptural look.

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Above: White lacquered doors were specified for the perimeter cabinets on the opposite wall of the kitchen. These are framed with light oak veneer, which also forms the display shelving. The doors conceal a coat closet and slide-out H채fele pantry units. A home office is provided at the far end of the unit. Architect William Massey says although the kitchen area is 27ft long, the work triangles are relatively tight, making it easy for the owners to prepare meals and clean up. Entertaining is also a breeze, thanks to the open-plan design.


Architect: William Massey AIA, Massey Associates Architects (Chicago) Interior designer: David MacKenzie, David MacKenzie, Inc Cabinet company: New Style Cabinets; All Seasons Woodworks, Inc Builder: WZ Home Improvement, Inc Cabinetry: Painted; reconstituted oak veneer Countertops and backsplash: Quartz Sink: Julien Faucets: Dornbracht Elio Lighting: Halo recessed incandescent; M26 Studio pendant in dining room Oven and dishwasher: Miele

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Cooktop: Viking Ventilation: Best Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Water dispenser: Mountain Plumbing Waste disposal: KitchenAid Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Eric Hausman

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Living for the city This kitchen remodel reflects a journey of discovery for the owner – the designer won her over to a more contemporary sensibility


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It can be limiting to describe someone’s taste as traditional or contemporary. There are many shades of modern, for example. This understated, tailored kitchen, by designer Talla Skogmo, replaces an earlier brighter, ultra-contemporary remodel. The existing kitchen included vibrant orange cabinetry and jet black countertops, with translucent fronts on the upper cabinets to lighten the appearance. The kitchen had a single, smallish island and could be separated from the living area by full-height sliding plastic doors.

Skogmo says the apartment owner was set on stripping the space, limestone floors included, and starting from scratch. “Coming from a French Provincialstyle home, she had first asked for a traditional design, as this was what she felt comfortable with,” says the designer. “Instead, I suggested a refined, but contemporary kitchen, more appropriate to her new, busy city lifestyle. At the same time, I felt we should stay with the good bones of the original kitchen layout and keep the honed natural stone flooring.”

The owner placed her trust in Skogmo, who created a calming two-tone design in cream and dark-stained walnut. While the look is sleek and clean-lined, the upper wall cabinets do have a simple reveal detail. “This and the classic beveled subway tile backsplash close the gap between modern and traditional, acknowledging the original request,” says Skogmo. The new perimeter cabinets, including the integrated refrigerator, remained within the same footprint but the new central

Above left: Paneled cabinetry, a subway tile backsplash and simplified crown mouldings give this modern kitchen by designer Talla Skogmo a subtle traditional accent. Top: The inside of the central island contains a wealth of storage, a request of the owner. The glittering canoe-shaped chandelier is made from hundreds of LED lights and can be dimmed to change the mood of the kitchen. Above: Black soapstone countertops and stained walnut cabinets balance the limestone floors and white-painted perimeter cabinetry.

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Top and above right: The custom walnut display cabinet is balanced by a fireplace surround of the same proportion on the opposite side of the living spaces. The large modular sofas and chairs in the living area contrast the breakfast table with its French legs and burl wood top – another example of the balance between the classic and modern styles. Above: The two islands dictate pedestrian flow into the space. Side panels on the islands stop six inches short of the floor, defining baseboards that match those found in other areas of the home.


island is larger. A peninsula island was also introduced. This has a raised back that creates a visual buffer between the expansive living spaces and the kitchen – replacing the sliding doors. The inner island presents a wealth of storage options on its working side and accommodates four A Rudin counter stools on the other. With the ovens set off to one side, a low-profile cooktop, and the paneled refrigerator, the kitchen’s functionality is downplayed when viewed from the living spaces.

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The building’s solid-slab construction meant there was no in-ceiling space for services. To overcome this, the designer added a square soffit ceiling that conceals wiring and helps delineate the space. The refrigerator cabinet to the right also serves to define the kitchen and separate it from the breakfast area, says Skogmo. “I designed a walnut display unit to stand in this space. This is matched by a fireplace surround in the same species and scale on the other side of the room. These pieces draw the large volume together.”

The tall cabinet includes wine-cooling drawers and mirror-backed display niches for the owner’s Lalique crystal collection. “Venetian plaster wall finishes and the LED canoe chandelier are other touches of refinement. The owner fell in love with this balanced, modern space. It is the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy views of the city skyscrapers,” Skogmo says. save | share Search 43615 at

Interior and kitchen designer: Talla Skogmo ASID, NCIDQ, Talla Skogmo Interior Design (Edina, MN) Builder: Hanson Building and Remodeling Cabinet company: Stevens Cabinets Cabinetry: Natural walnut, painted in Benjamin Moore Cloud White Countertops: Soapstone Flooring: Limestone Furniture: A Rudin Counter stools, A Rudin pedestal dining table and Patricia Edward dining chairs Wallcoverings: Grasscloth Lighting: Scangift Canoe chandelier Blinds: Conrad shades Backsplash: Vitra Metro bevel tile from Uson Design

Sink: Franke Faucets: Dornbracht Oven, cooktop, ventilation, microwave, dishwasher: Miele Refrigeration, wine cooler: Sub-Zero Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Brian Droege

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At the touch of a finger Drawers glide open, shelves float down and doors close softly – innovative thinking is behind every new product created by Rev-A-Shelf Above: Behind closed doors – there’s a place for everything in this kitchen, which features a full complement of Rev-A-Shelf storage solutions. All the cabinets and drawers are easy to access and feature soft-touch closing systems. Right: The Universal Pull-Down, 5UPD, is a new storage system from Rev-A-Shelf that can be used to safely store small items, such as medicines, baby necessities and spices.


Changing demographics are influencing product design in numerous ways – for all the right reasons. Rev-A-Shelf, a leading US specialist in storage systems, has come up with a new system specifically aimed at the aging baby boomer market. The Universal Pull-Down, 5UPD, is an adaptable system designed to store items, such as medicines, separately and

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clearly, and within easy reach. Shari McPeek, Rev-A-Shelf marketing manager, says research has shown that many designers and consumers are requesting specific stations within the kitchen. These may be beverage centers or a place to store medicines, baby necessities, or small items for cooking, such as spices. “Many baby boomers are now caring for aging parents,

and there is an increase in prescribed medications, and a subsequent demand for medicine storage. The 5UPD, which fits 24-inch cabinets, incorporates a nitrogen-charged gas spring mechanism, so it pulls down and retracts softly.� McPeek says the 5UPD has scalloped inserts, which are perfect for storing bottles. Other features include removable storage bins with drop-in

dividers, frosted acrylic sides for easy viewing, and anti-skid drawer linings. The 5UPD can also be personalized with preprinted or blank labels. Rev-A-Shelf designs and manufactures a wide range of storage solutions, and is constantly updating its line-up. The company also has a large lighting range, which includes energy-saving LED lighting that is ideal for kitch-

ens, where good task lighting is essential. For further information on these products, contact Rev-A-Shelf, 2409 Plantside Dr, Louisville, KY 40299, phone (502) 499 5835. Or email: Website:

Above left and above: These kitchens show how Rev-A-Shelf’s innovative storage products are applicable for every cabinet construction.

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Center: The Rev-A-Shelf 5UPD fits a 24-inch cabinet. Once lowered, it locks into place to make items readily accessible.

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Top: Rev-A-Shelf also manufactures Tresco lighting, including energysaving LED lighting to perfectly illuminate your work space.

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Personal to you Kitchens are fast becoming an individual reflection of a family’s lifestyle and taste – Kitchen Distributors offers a one-stop custom solution Above and right: With a vast array of appliances, finishes, cabinetry and lighting to choose from, Kitchen Distributors can project manage and design contemporary or traditional kitchens, and every design option in between. This large, modern kitchen responds to the living spaces and views. The clean-lined design combines industrial touches with the warmth of wood.


Sourcing just the right faucet from one side of town and a coveted cabinetry style from the other can be time consuming – and make it hard to envision the completed project. Luckily there is a hassle-free way to bring together a custom design that requires a visit to just one address. In the diverse world of kitchen design, most companies don’t have the all-round skills, and extensive product ranges required to meet the trend towards custom-designed kitchens. And demand for one-off designs is growing fast in the United States, says Tom Hartman, president of the family-owned firm Kitchen Distributors.

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”This is where our one-stop-shop approach to a project offers a valuable point of difference.” Kitchen Distributors is a full service kitchen and bathroom designer and provider – the company offers design and project management for a variety of kitchen and remodeling projects. “We provide everything, from the planning, cabinets and countertops to the appliances. Our design team has had years of experience creating kitchens for our clients’ specific needs, whether it’s entertaining, family use, or gourmet cooking. “Clients can work with us exclusively, and complete a remodel without ever needing to

hire a third party. Many of our lines are highly customizable, allowing homeowners to achieve exactly what they want, or even tweak various elements along the way.” For details, contact Kitchen Distributors, 1309 West Littleton Blvd, Littleton CO 80120, phone (+303) 795 0665. Fax (+303) 795 0220. Email: Or visit the website: save | share Search 44219 at

These pages: Kitchen Distributors has the design expertise and skilled staff to create the ornate tilework and refined millwork and mouldings which can bring a classic kitchen to life. Sourcing everything, appliances included, from one place helps avoid any issues that might surface when drawing together disparate elements from all over town. A kitchen from Kitchen Distributors responds to the client’s individual needs.

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Finishing touches A simple faucet can make a strong design statement. It’s a concept Kraus has taken to heart Fashion trends come and go, but good design endures, whether it is traditional, transitional or contemporary. This also applies to every item you choose for your kitchen, from appliances to fixtures. Leading faucet and sink manufacturer Kraus maintains that while design trends do influence product development, the way to avoid gimmicks and fads is to provide fluid, enduring aesthetics matched by high quality and performance. Surveys show most homeowners still prefer to decorate in transitional style, but


the contemporary look is rapidly growing in popularity. Kraus offers high-quality fixtures that suit this look, with clean lines and a flawless finish. “We call it fashion plumbing – kitchen fixtures that make a strong design statement, but won’t become quickly dated.” Kraus has an extensive range of kitchen faucets in both brass and solid stainless steel. Because many designers and homeowners favor stainless steel appliances, Kraus provides several options to coordinate faucet finish to kitchen decor.

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A chrome finish gives stainless steel a modern edge, while brushed nickel provides a softer glow. With coordinated kitchens always on trend, Kraus also designs sinks to complement the faucets, making matching – and installation – easier. For more information, phone 1800 775 0703. Website: save | share Search 43936 at

Facing page: Pure and simple – the sleek, clean lines of this Kraus faucet reflect a move towards a more contemporary look for kitchens. The solid stainless steel faucet, which has a brushed finish, is teamed with a Kraus double-bowl sink. Above: This kitchen features a Kraus pull-down faucet and stainless steel sink. Far left and left: While chrome-finished faucets have a modern look, faucets with a brushed finish, such as these, look softer and thus more transitional, making them well suited to different kitchen styles.

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Black and tan This project has two faces – that of a practical family workspace, together with all the gloss and presence appropriate to entertaining


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With countertops and cabinets creating the lion’s share of the impact in a kitchen, it’s worth taking your time and making material choices carefully. For example, just as a sparkling black cocktail dress instantly conjures up evening glamour, so will glossy black cabinetry. As the owners of this kitchen have four children and an energetic social life, they asked designer Jasmine McClelland to create a seamless blend of family functionality and entertainment chic. The kitchen successfully meets both these needs through careful space planning, the

choice of finishes, and attention to day-to-day functionality. “In a sense, this kitchen hides in plain sight,” says McClelland. “To downplay the functional aspects in visual terms, we created three main divisions and elements. The central, self-contained bar area, set into the wall, is ideally situated for parties. It is close to the island, which can act as a serving counter, and is only a couple of steps from the dining table. “The large island looks much like a piece of furniture or a sculpture, and the perimeter workspace that runs along in front of the

window resembles a deep window ledge. This countertop retreats into a passageway that leads to the laundry and the back door. Most of the storage and appliances are integrated into this area, out of sight of the open living spaces.” The kitchen’s dual roles are reflected in the materials. Warm caramel-colored True-Grain Veneer on the cabinet fronts contrasts with the sleek sheen of the black quartz on the island and bar area. The niche below the cantilevered countertop is in the same veneer as the perimeter cabinets, and the dark stone is complemented by black blinds and pendant light fittings.

Preceding pages: Rich orange wood veneer balances jet black engineered stone in this open-plan kitchen by designer Jasmine McClelland. These colors are continued through the home, including the entry foyer. The concrete floor was specified in a warm gray that complements the tones of the cabinetry. These pages: The cantilevered island countertop echoes the custom stainless steel range hood designed by McClelland.

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Above: The polished countertops and range hood bounce light around the space. Cantilevering the counter was a way to play down the presence of the island. Right: With the cooktop set flush, and in the same color, the perimeter countertop could be mistaken for a long, deep window ledge. Horizontality is emphasized throughout the design.


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Interior designer and kitchen designer: Jasmine McClelland HIA, KBDI, BDAV, AEDA, Jasmine McClelland Design Cabinet company: Sunset Kitchens Cabinetry: True Grain Veneer in Caramel, 2-pack satin in Dulux Black Countertop: Quantum Quartz in Gobi Black Backsplash: Glass Starphire in Dulux Black Lighting: Halo Spot III, Triple bank Gino Silver Hardware: Blum Servo-Drive touch catches, Blum Orga-Line TandemBox motorized roller door; Häfele floormounted accessory pull Sink: Franke Kubus Custom range hood: Qasair Refrigeration: Fisher & Paykel; Vintec; Brema Cooktop and ovens: Gaggenau Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel Awards: KBDI Large Kitchen of the Year, Victoria 2013 Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Andrew Ashton

This black and tan palette continues throughout the home, including the entry foyer behind a glass wall and in the cabinetry upstairs. The three sections of the kitchen connect with each other visually in other ways, too. “To create aesthetic balance, the custom range hood extends the length of the countertop beneath. Together with the suspended, cantilevered island bench, this creates a luminous and dynamic room,” says McClelland. And despite its size, the hood also plays something of a disappearing act. Its long, slender form does not call attention to itself,

and the reflective stainless steel picks up on its immediate surroundings. To address the functional requirements, practical elements, including storage and appliances, are set on or near the perimeter of the space. All cabinets feature Blum Servo-Drive hardware. The project won the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute Large Kitchen of the Year Award for 2013.

Above: Perimeter cabinetry is to the left, and storage and appliances are to the right in the practical heart of the kitchen. The laundry at the end of the corridor is painted orange to tone with the cabinetry.

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Breakout zone Corporate entertaining is relaxed in this remodeled condominium, where a flexible design maximizes all the available space There’s a good reason why developers opt for neutral palettes – they don’t want to scare prospective purchasers with a bold design statement. This condominium in a restored turn-of-the-century loft building was a typical developer’s package, says interior designer Tom Stringer. “It was best described as a beige drywall box,” he says. “This did not suit my client, a


company with a strong design focus, who wanted a crisp, contemporary interior.” Stringer says the condo was to be used in a number of ways – as a guest apartment for visiting clients, a corporate retreat for meetings, and for entertaining purposes. “Design flexibility was essential. The remodel also had to be cost effective, without sacrificing good design.”

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With this in mind, Stringer suggested contemporary Ikea cabinetry in a glossy gray. “Almost everything we do in our design company is bespoke, so this was a little offthe-wall for us,” he says. “But even though the client is very design driven, and has a collection of classic Mid-century furniture pieces, the kitchen itself was not about provenance. I admired the lines

of this Ikea cabinetry and the surface gloss was just right.” The designer teamed the cabinets with white quartz and recycled glass countertops, and smoky metallic mirror glass tiles on the backsplash, which have an iridescent quality. Polished stainless steel shelves reinforce the look. Stringer also introduced a much longer island, anchored at one end to a structural

column. The other end of the island forms a bar, where a bartender can serve drinks without interrupting the main work zone. “The client wanted to be able to screen off the kitchen, without completely hiding the activity, so we added a long, sheer drape that can be pulled across the front of the island. You can still see movement through the drape, but it

is muted – meal preparation is like a ballet in the kitchen.” Stringer says there had been a pool table in the condo when the client took ownership. This proved to be popular with clients and staff. “We chose to keep this option, by specifying a dining table that can be converted into a pool table. The legs have gas struts, so they can be raised and lowered easily.

“The table also functions as a conference table – videoconferencing equipment is stored in the long floating console below the television.” Despite the changes, the character of the building remains intact. The high ceilings and original windows were retained, as was the maple flooring. This was refinished, with a light gray tone replacing the yellowed varnish.

Facing page: High-gloss gray cabinets and a metallic glass-tiled backsplash give this remodeled corporate condominium a contemporary urban edge. Interior designer Tom Stringer introduced a long sheer drape so the kitchen can be screened off from the rest of the living area. Above: Designer furniture pieces include Philippe Starck bar stools in mirror-finish polished aluminum, and Donghia dining chairs.

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Architect: Margaret Nowak AIA, Tom Stringer Design Partners (Chicago) Interior designer: Tom Stringer, Tom Stringer Design Partners Cabinetry: Ikea Akurum Abstrakt in a high gloss Countertops: White Glace quartz and recycled glass by The Fine Line Backsplash: Urban Metal series by Daltile Paints: Benjamin Moore Bar stools: Hudson by Philippe Starck from Design Within Reach Dining table: Blatt Dining chairs: Donghia Furniture Lighting: Apollo pendant by Arteriors Sink: Kohler Faucets: Moen Oven and cooktop: Wolf Ventilation: KitchenAid Microwave oven: GE Profile Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Werner Straube

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Left and above: The Blatt dining table doubles as a conference table. It can also be converted into a pool table – gas struts in the legs make it easy to raise or lower the tabletop, which can be flipped to reveal the pool table. A long, floating console in dark-stained walnut conceals audiovisual equipment, including video-conferencing tools. It also houses the pool balls. The existing maple floors were stripped, sanded and coated with a water-based lacquer to retain a pale, gray look.


Freshly picked With sunlight pouring in and the garden right outside the window, this kitchen in a Georgian house is light, bright and cheery


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Everyone gravitates to the kitchen, and that’s precisely why it has become the relaxed social hub of the home. Invariably it’s also a room that opens to the outdoors, which adds to the sense of informality. The kitchen in this new Georgian-style house is such a gathering place for the family. It overlooks a pretty garden, which has influenced both the material and color palettes. But despite the informality of the setting, the owners wanted the kitchen to tie in visually with the more formal elements of the house, says architect Anne Adams of Stuart Silk Architects.

“Because this is a Georgian house, there is a formality that extends through all the rooms on the main floor. Ceiling heights and decorative mouldings are consistent from the entry hall into the living and dining rooms. So it made sense to continue this detailing in the kitchen, which can be seen from the dining room.” In keeping with this theme, the cabinetry features traditional white-painted panel doors with an inset detail, and an antique nickel finish on the hardware. The mouldings on the island mimic the detailing of the crown moulding, which helps to unify the space.

Wherever possible appliances are integrated, says Adams, who worked on the project with interior designer Kylee Shintaffer. “The largest appliance was also the biggest challenge,” the architect says. “The owner wanted a 60in range, but the subtlety of the interior design meant there was a risk it could dominate. To avoid this, we placed it behind the island where it is partially hidden, and added a custom shroud-style hood. “The hood is fabricated from steel, but has been treated so it has a patina resembling aged zinc or pewter. With its bands of steel, it looks

Facing page, top and above: A strong sense of symmetry defines this traditionally styled kitchen in a new Georgian house designed by architect Anne Adams of Stuart Silk Architects. The centerpiece is a 60in Capitol range that sits beneath a custom steel shroud with an aged patina. Holophane pendant lights complement the look. Facing page, lower: The refrigerator is integrated into the cabinetry to minimize its presence in the kitchen.

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Architect: Anne Adams, Stuart Silk Architects (Seattle, WA) Interior designer: Kylee Shintaffer, Kylee Shintaffer Design Cabinet company: The Holloman Group Cabinetry: Premium-quality maple plywood Hardware: Waterstone Faucets Countertops: Pietra Del Cardosa stone Backsplash tiles: Ann Sacks Flooring: Quartersawn walnut tongue-and-groove planks by Elliott Bay Hardwood Floors Doors and windows: Marvin Windows & Doors Bar stools: Kylee Shintaffer Design; upholstered in fabrics by F Schumacher and Cowtan & Tout Paints: Benjamin Moore Sinks: Waterworks Faucets: Waterstone Faucets Hot water systems: Waterworks Wall oven: Dacor Range: Capitol Ventilation: Custom hood with Viking Microwave oven: Dacor Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel integrated double DishDrawer Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Michael Cole

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like a very old fixture that has been salvaged.” Two matching farmhouse sinks are another traditional touch – the sink on the island is used for food preparation, while the sink on the perimeter cabinetry is the clean-up area. There is also a large pantry that has another sink and plenty of counter space. This room, which can be glimpsed from the kitchen, features a reclaimed mahogany backsplash and countertop. “We have taken into account the fact that the owners love to entertain,” says Adams. “There is a side door that can be used by caterers, and the kitchen has been designed so it is easy for

more than one person to work at the same time.” Countertops feature Pietra Del Cardosa, which is durable sandstone that looks a little like bluestone. This provides a visual link to the bluestone paving on the terrace, which helps to bring the outdoors in. Other materials include white backsplash tiles with a raised relief pattern. Adams says much of the detailing in the kitchen is subtle, but it helps to connect the space with the surroundings. Varying tones of blue, green and soft lemon also help, by creating a strong visual link with the garden beyond.

Facing page: The symmetry extends to the clean-up area, which has a farmhouse sink positioned to maximize a view of the garden. Large ceiling beams and an acoustic ceiling help to ensure noise doesn’t travel to the master suite above. Above: A sliding door opens to a large pantry, which features an oval window and mahogany surfaces. Along with extra storage, the pantry provides additional counter space and a third sink.

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Conversation piece Art moves into the kitchen with this contemporary remodel. The overhead cabinets feature a bold canvas painted by one of the owners – a professional artist


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Many kitchen projects evolve over a period of a few months, while owners and designers research styles, materials and colors. This remodeling project was no exception, says kitchen designer Bill Dellinger of Cooper Pacific. “The house, on a golf course, was part of a high-end development – the owners bought it new about 20 years

ago, but had not had any input into its design, which was quite traditional,” Dellinger says. “We worked with the architect while the design concept evolved from traditional, through transitional to highly contemporary.” Dellinger says the kitchen was pushed out to gain a few extra feet, creating enough space for a bank of freestanding cabinets and a dining table.

Rift-cut white oak wraps right around the freestanding unit, reinforcing the sense of a box inserted into the space. The island and perimeter cabinets are also in white oak, with recessed pulls on all the doors except for the ones beside the dishwasher. “We provided vertical pulls for the tall cabinets to reinforce their sleek, uncluttered lines,” Dellinger says.

“We wanted the overhead cabinets to make a strong design statement, so these were wrapped in canvas, and one of the owners created a colorful artwork.” The modern aesthetic is further enhanced by stainless steel edges on two wood shelves above the cooktop, and by a recessed metal strip that creates a negative detail around the countertops.

Above left and top: Rift-cut white oak cabinets bring a fresh, contemporary look to this remodeled kitchen. The overhead cabinets were wrapped in canvas and painted by one of the owners. Above: The countertops, which have a 10° tapered profile, appear to float above a recessed metal strip that wraps around the top of the cabinets. Because the owners do a lot of cooking outdoors, they chose not to have a range hood.

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Architect: Greg Berry Kitchen designer: Bill Dellinger, Cooper Pacific Kitchens (West Hollywood, CA) Interior designer: Brian and Carol Smrz Cabinet company: Cottonwood Fine Kitchen Furniture Cabinetry: Rift-cut white oak with bronzed metal channel grips Art canvas on cabinets: Concept developed by Brian and Carol Smrz; canvas painting by Carol Neilson Smrz Countertops: Chroma quartz in Clay Pebble Flooring: Rift-cut white oak by Carlisle Flooring Tile flooring: Mandala black porcelain Doors and windows: Fleetwood Bar stools: Lem Dining furniture: Restoration Hardware Sink: Franke Faucets: Waterstone Ovens and cooktop: Wolf Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Dishwasher: KitchenAid Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Bill Dellinger

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Left: The kitchen was extended and full-height windows introduced to maximize a picturesque view of the adjoining golf course. A freestanding bank of cabinets, wrapped within a white oak “box� sits along one wall. This accommodates the refrigerator, ovens and pantries. The kitchen also has a walk-in pantry, to the right of the cooktop. With two sinks in the kitchen, it is easy for more than one person to work at the same time. The smaller sink near the cooktop is the main food prep area.



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In the details Classic architectural detailing and expansive work areas evoke a refined, airy aesthetic in these kitchens


Serene and spacious Taking design cues from the 1900s home, this family kitchen also offers modern accents and plenty of work space


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In days gone by, kitchens were not intended to accommodate the entire family at once. Today, even the most traditional kitchen will offer one important, modern plus – plenty of room to move. This light-filled kitchen by designer Davinia Sutton replaces a cramped, dark work space that accommodated only one person at a time. In its place, the owners wanted a family-friendly kitchen that would have sightlines to the outdoors, and be in keeping with the home’s early 1900s architecture, says Sutton. “To create a space with character, outlooks

and a communal area for everyone to gravitate to, we designed the kitchen in an L shape,” she says. “The induction cooktop sits within a traditional hearth-style element, a focal point of the design. This steps out from the surrounding cabinets and has soft curves, picking up on the Art Nouveau detailing seen elsewhere in the home. These curves feature on all the upper cabinetry as well.” The mantel not only draws the eye, it also conceals the range hood. Most of the other appliances, apart from the wall ovens, are also integrated, to optimize the old-world feel.

Preceding pages and above: Open to French doors and views to the garden, this family kitchen by Davinia Sutton merges traditional detailing with modern convenience. Classic Shaker door panels, tongueand-groove finishes and a furniturestyle island all contribute to a sense of permanence. Most cabinetry drawers and the china display niche are in solid American oak. In contrast, the countertops are in contemporary engineered stone.

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Kitchen designer: Davinia Sutton Cabinetry: American white oak, perimeter cabinets painted in Resene Thorndon Cream, with island in Resene Double Ash Hardware: Blum Handles: Häfele Countertops: Quartz Backsplash: Quartz Sink basket: Sanco Ovens, cooktop, warming drawer and refrigeration: Miele Microwave: Sharp Dishwasher: Asko Range hood: Qasair Floors: American white oak Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Another request from the owners was that the kitchen have a furniture-like appeal. To this end, there are column legs on the island, and the front and sides are in tongue-and-groove planks, as are the walls above the backsplashes. Hand-painted Shaker-style doors contribute to the overall effect, along with traditional chrome pulls for the cabinetry handles. The bespoke open china storage rack is another feature. It has a solid oak interior, and most linings and drawers are also constructed in solid wood – the owners wanted a kitchen that would last 20 years, says the designer.

“They did not want a farmhouse style, but asked for a traditional design with practical modern touches. These include the gleaming engineered stone countertops, the clean-lined glass pendants over the island, and the wall ovens, which are set to one side. “This kitchen can comfortably accommodate several people at once, with the island used for prepping, eating and homework, and the side counter designated for cleanup and cooking.” The cool, monochromatic color scheme is balanced by the warmth of the American white oak floors, which match the cabinet interiors.

Facing page top: The traditional-style hearth framing the cooktop is the centerpiece of the kitchen, standing proud of adjoining cabinetry. Facing page lower: Sutton designed the kitchen with plenty of room between work areas, so several family members could use it at once. Above left: There is a wealth of storage on the island, which is sinkfree, at the request of the owners.

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Grace and charm This kitchen in a new home extends the aesthetic of its classic surroundings Above: This light-filled kitchen by Holly Erotas of Erotas Building Corporation, Jeff Murphy of Murphy and Co Design and Maureen Haggerty of Mint Interior Design connects with its surroundings in terms of both color scheme and detailing. The owners are avid chefs and the cabinetry offers a wealth of dedicated storage, including a cupboard earmarked for one owner’s collection of condiments and sauces.


A kitchen can connect to its surroundings in everything from door profiles to a color scheme. However, for a traditional interior it may be the almost intangible factors of poise and lightness that closely marry a design to its wider setting. Such was the case for this project by builder Holly Erotas, architect Jeff Murphy and interior designer Maureen Haggerty. Erotas says the kitchen was a priority for the owners and took precedence within the greater layout. “We became involved early on, before the house was designed. This meant I could plan for spacious, functional work triangles and a

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balanced, airy feel, as well as create easy connections with the adjoining living spaces. The U-shaped kitchen is open to the great room and the dining room.” Several elements tie the kitchen back to the classic-look interiors. The ceiling-height wall cabinetry continues the crown mouldings seen in the great room and throughout the home. All cabinet doors have subtle panel mouldings and the surfaces have been lightly rubbed to further evoke an old-world charm. “We painted the perimeter cabinets white, an extension of the use of this color on most

millwork and ceilings through the home.” In contrast, the designers and owners opted for a near-black stain for the island cabinetry. This connects visually with the bank of cabinets on the wall opposite in the great room. Erotas says the high-contrast theme is a popular feature of traditional interiors. “The owners chose granite countertops, for durability, and they liked this dappled Alaska White, which picks up on both cabinet colors.” With the refrigerator and dishwasher fully integrated and an appliance garage keeping the countertops clutter-free, the stainless steel wall

ovens and substantial range top are the only contemporary items left on show. “The hood is a prominent feature within the design. We specified this custom element in a dark bronze-pewter finish that ties in with the stainless steel of the ovens and the green-gray hues of the Stingray subway tiles,” says Erotas. While the kitchen reflects a classic charm in almost every detail, the exuberance of the young owners is seen in some inclusions. “Maureen sourced the swirling Art Nouveau pendants for over the island and prep sink. The couple fell in love with these vibrant elements.”

Above: The range hood has a classic design and has a bronze/pewter faux finish, which connects to the stainless steel appliances and graygreen subway tile backsplash. The main farmhouse sink is positioned under the windows to benefit from natural light. Dark-stained oak floors run right through the home and anchor the predominantly white kitchen.

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Architect: Jeff Murphy, Murphy & Co Design (Buffalo, MN) Kitchen design: Holly Erotas, Jeff Murphy, Erotas Building Corporation; Maureen Haggerty, Mint Interior Design Interior designer: Maureen Haggerty, Mint Interior Design Builder: Erotas Building Corporation Cabinet company: Steven Cabinets Cabinetry: MDF, painted and antiqued Countertops: Granite in Alaska White Backsplash: Subway tile in Stingray Doors and windows: Loewen in Linen Wall coverings: Benjamin Moore paint in White Dove Kitchen sink: Shaw’s Original Fireclay Apron sink Faucets: Perrin & Rowe Bridge, chrome Pot filler: Perrin & Rowe, wall mount, chrome Oven, cooktop: Wolf Ventilation: Wolf, custom cabinet surround Microwave: GE Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Dishwasher: Miele Waste disposal: InSinkErator Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Susan Gilmore

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Left: An island and corresponding overhead cabinetry act as a drinks and glass storage station, and create a buffer between the kitchen and great room. For a lighter feel, the upper cabinet has glass on both sides, creating a transparent effect. Above: The dining room has a sightline through to the kitchen. Decorative wall paneling and mouldings feature throughout the new residence.


From a bygone era This new kitchen, in an historic 1890s Victorian house, is a fitting complement to the period, but there are no compromises when it comes to modern living


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It is a common conundrum. How do you respect a style from times past, yet cater to modern living? Are the two even compatible? The answer to the latter is a resounding yes, and this project shows how both worlds can come together in harmony. Architect Gregory Thomas of CG&S Design-Build says the 1890s Victorian house is on the National Register of Historic

Places, but the existing kitchen did not complement the era of the house. Nor did it suit the needs of the clients. “The kitchen had been built some time in the 1970s,” he says. “It was poorly designed, lacked adequate storage, and was in a state of disrepair. However, the owners wanted to keep the basic floorplan, and they needed to retain space for a casual dining table.”

Thomas says the existing kitchen was gutted, apart from the Saltillo terra cotta tile floor, and numerous repairs undertaken to the structure, walls and windows. Plumbing was reorganized, the electrical system upgraded and new fiberglass insulation added to the walls and floor. The team could then turn their attention to the design detail of the kitchen.

Above left: Flat-panel doors and crown mouldings enhance the traditional look of the cabinetry in this remodeled kitchen within an historic 1890s Victorian house. The remodel was designed by architect Gregory Thomas of CG&S DesignBuild. Above: The exposed brick chimney is a vestige of the original flue serving the kitchen. The Saltillo terra cotta tiles were laid in the 1970s when the kitchen was last renovated.

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These pages: Symmetry reinforces the traditional look of the cabinets, including the shallow tower cabinets positioned either side of the large window. The architect also provided a window seat, which features longleaf pine that matches the tabletop. Many of the alterations involved behind-the-scene repairs. These included reorganizing the air conditioning ducts. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Tommy Kile


“The owners already had ’30s-style dining chairs, which helped to determine the look,” he says. “This was conceived as a pre-World War II design from the late ’30s, with modern updates. For example, we chose flush-inset, face-frame cabinets with flat-panel doors that reinforce the historic connection. The hardware on the lower cabinets is also evocative of the era.”

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The cabinetry includes symmetrical display shelving that wraps around a backsplash above a large farmhouse sink. “The off-white subway tiles and Carrara marble counters contribute to the austere, yet clean period look,” says Thomas. Symmetry is also provided by two shallow tower cabinets either side of the window. The tower closest to the exterior

door functions as a children’s drop zone for school bags and sports gear, while the cabinetry on the other side of the window provides much-needed storage for dishes. “We also added a window seat, built of longleaf pine to match the table,” says the architect. “This can be used as additional seating for the dining table.” A key element retained in

the remodel was the original brick chimney that served a furnace. The exposed brickwork introduces a strong textural look, and complements the terra cotta tiled floor. Period lighting further enhances the authenticity. Rather than using inappropriate recessed lighting, Thomas specified different fixtures that look as though they were accrued over time. These

include pendant school-house fixtures that fit the ’30s aesthetic. Mounted sconces and an acorn pendant are more Neoclassical, as if from an earlier era, in keeping with Victorian ornamentation. Despite the period flavor, the kitchen has a cheerful vibe – thanks to the sky-blue walls. These enliven the room, ensuring it is a space where family and friends love to gather.

Restoration architect: Gregory Thomas AIA, CG&S Design-Build (Austin, TX) Finish selections: Mark Evans, CG&S Design-Build Cabinet company: Amazonia Cabinetry Cabinets: Paint grade, face frame Cabinet hardware: Push Pull Open Close Countertops: Carrara marble by Moe Freid Backsplash tile: American Olean Sink: Kohler Whitehaven farmhouse Faucets: Kohler Parq; with Kohler

Wellspring beverage faucet Flooring: Existing Saltillo terra cotta Lighting: Rejuvenation Paints: Benjamin Moore Oven, refrigerator and dishwasher: KitchenAid Ventilation: Vent-A-Hood Microwave oven: GE Windows: Grand Openings, Kolbe

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Question of balance With its large, handcrafted cabinets, long island and custom hood, this new kitchen is generously scaled to match the grand proportions of a remodeled Mediterranean-style home

Preceding pages and above: A traditional Mediterranean hearthstyle cooking center takes pride of place in this remodeled kitchen. Owner-designer Terri Miller says the large scale of the hood, mantel and range was required to balance the grand proportions of the room. The cabinetry features a distressed paint finish with a handpainted glaze that imparts an old-world character.


Even when you have plenty of space for a new kitchen, you need to be sure everything is in proportion. This large kitchen replaces a much smaller one that looked out of place tucked away at the end of a generous, open-plan family living area. Interior designer and owner Terri Miller says the original kitchen was not only too small, but was also very

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dated, with intrusive white appliances. “There were good things to capitalize on, however, such as the Mediterranean influence that is evident throughout the house. The ceilings are wonderfully high, with vaulted elements, the doorways are arched and there are substantial concrete columns between the kitchen and the formal dining room. But even these

features needed redecorating to better suit the character of the house.� Miller extended the size of the kitchen cabinets and added a long island that runs parallel to the windows. The new handcrafted wood cabinetry is much more substantial and taller than the original. In keeping with the look of the house, it has a distressed paint finish with a handpainted

custom glaze. Key appliances are integrated into the cabinets, including a refrigerator and freezer in matching units either side of a glazed door leading to a patio. The cabinets are teamed with Copper Legnio granite countertops, while the island bar top is a solid, single piece of walnut. This wood also appears as an accent on display cabinetry opposite.

Above: Decorative Enkeboll mouldings crown the tops of the cabinets, enhancing the sense of substance. The refrigerator and freezer are in matching cabinets either side of the door that opens to the patio. Two sinks, in solid cast bronze, are positioned in front of the windows. Faucets are also cast bronze. Far left and left: The microwave oven and coffee-making facilities are concealed within the cabinetry.

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Above: The cabinetry wraps around the perimeter of the room. At the right is a bar cabinet with refrigerator drawers for drinks. This cabinetry also accommodates an icemaker and a wine captain. The vaulted ceilings were existing, but they originally had a white plaster interior. This was replaced with a Venetian plaster finish in a warm rusty brown tone, with gold stenciling. A chandelier and cove lighting within the vaulted element enhance the glittery ambiance.


“The walnut helps to warm the kitchen visually,” says Miller. “For the same reason, the custom hood above the large range has a warm patina. This comes from eight coats of wax over Venetian plaster. Miller says the large size of the hood is a response to the scale of the space. “Because it is so big, we needed something substantial to hold up that end of the

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room. The mantel and corbels were specially crafted to complement the cast stone that appears throughout the house.” Miller introduced a bar cabinet, which has two refrigerator drawers for drinks, an icemaker and a wine captain. Glassware is displayed behind leaded glass doors in the mirror-backed cabinets above.

The vaulted ceilings were recoated with a rust-brown Venetian plaster, and one also features gold stenciling. The vaulted elements are illuminated, which amplifies the warm rusty tones. The columns were soda blasted to remove the original “prison gray” and now have a decorative faux paint finish that is an appropriate backdrop to the formal dining area.

Architect: Terry Tracy, Terry Tracy Architect (Napa, CA) Interior and kitchen designer: Terri Miller, Grace Miller Interiors Builder: Ellis Construction Cabinet company: Walden & Co Cabinetry: Wood with distressed finish, handpainted custom glaze from Becker Acroma Coatings Decorative mouldings: Enkeboll Leaded glass artist: Pat McCoy Mirror, glass shelving: DĂŠcor Glass Hardware: Cabinet hardware by Robert Schaub; Corinthian and Ancient Bronze

hardware from Belmont Hardware; door hardware by Rocky Mountain Countertops: Copper Legnio granite fabricated by Surface Art; solid walnut bar top features WaterLox coatings Backsplash: Bronze Rocky Mountain tile laid by Bob Spoor Masonry & Tile Flooring: Philadelphia stone Wall tiles: Bronze from Rocky Mountain Doors and windows: Marvin Bar stools and dining furniture: Baker Lighting: Thern Electric; lanterns and chandelier by Ebanista

Sink and faucets: Rocky Mountain solid cast bronze Oven and cooktop: Wolf Ventilation: Wolf customized by Bell Products; decorative hood fabricated by Ellis Construction with plaster and decorative paint by Caroline Lizarraga Dishwashers: Fisher & Paykel Refrigeration: Sub-Zero

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Top: The bar cabinet also features leaded glass windows and mirrors at the rear of the shelving. The center shelving is concealed behind pocket doors that slide back into the cabinet when open. Above: Dining furniture and antique accessories enhance the traditional Mediterranean flavor. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Tim Maloney

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index A Rudin 49 Aalto 15 Ables, Paula 16-20 Accurate Tile & Marble 11 Adams, Anne 68-71 Alkusari Stone 20 All Seasons Woodworks 40-44 Alno Inc 39 Alterman Watterworth, Krista 32-35 Amazonia Cabinetry 90-93 American Olean 93 Ann Sacks 71 Architectonics 39 Arteriors 67 Artistic Tile 20 Asko 11, 15, 39 Baker 99 Becker Acroma 99 Bell Products 99 Bellmont Cabinet Co 78-79 Belmont Hardware 99 Benjamin Moore 20, 35, 49, 67, 71, 89, 93 Berry, Greg 72-75 Best 44 Blatt 67 Blum 11, 15, 35, 63 Boiler & Co 20 Brema 63 Broan 35 Cabinets By Design 32-35 Caesarstone 11 California Designs 11 Capitol 71 Carlisle Flooring 75 Carol Neilson Smrz 75 Caroline Lizarraga 99 CG&S Design-Build 90-93 Conrad Shades 49 Cooper Pacific Kitchens 72-75 Corporate Culture 15 Cosentino 24-25, 77 Cottonwood Fine Kitchen Furniture 72-75

Cowtan & Tout 71 Dacor 31, 71 Daigle, Sean 6-11 Daltile 35, 67 David MacKenzie Inc 40-44 Décor Glass 99 Dellinger, Bill 72-75 Design Within Reach 20, 67 Designer Floors of Texas 20 Donghia 67 Dornbracht 11, 44, 49 Downsview Kitchens 6-11 Du Bois Design 12-15 Du Bois, Natalie 12-15 Dulux 63 Dura Supreme Cabinetry 103 Ebanista 99 Elliott Bay Hardwood Floors 71 Ellis Construction 96-99 Enkeboll 99 Erotas Building Corporation 86-89 Erotas, Holly 86-89 Etsy 31 Evans, Mark 90-93 F Schumacher 71 Falcon 15 Farrow & Ball 39 Faustina Pace Antiques 11 Ferguson 20 Fisher & Paykel 39, 63, 67, 71, 99 Fleetwood 75 Fontana Arte 35 Franke 31, 49, 63, 75 Gaggenau 63 GE 67, 89, 93 Grace Miller Interiors 96-99 Grand Openings 93 Häfele 11, 15, 63 Haggerty, Maureen 86-89 Halo 44 Hamilton Sinker 11 Hamilton-Gray Design 26-31 Hamilton-Gray, Cheryl 26-31

Hansgrohe 31 Hanson Building & Remodeling 46-49 Hardwood Design 20 Hera 35 Heritage Hardware 15 Heritage Tiles 15 Herzlinger, Jamie 36-39 Hideaway Bins 15 Holly Hunt 39 Ikea 64-67 In Residence 15 InSinkErator 89 Jamie Herzlinger Interiors 36-39 Jasmine McClelland Design 58-63 Jonathan Browning 39 Julien 21-23, 39, 44 Keating-Moore Construction 6-11 Kitchen Distributors 52-53 KitchenAid 35, 44, 67, 75, 93 Kohler 20, 35, 67, 93 Kolbe 93 Kraus 54-55 Krista Watterworth Design Studio 32-35 Kylee Shintaffer Design 68-71 LaRue Architects 16-20 LaRue, James 16-20 Lighting Inc 20 Loewen 20, 89 MacKenzie, David 40-44 Marvin Windows & Doors 71, 99 Massey Associates Architects 40-44 Massey, William AIA 40-44 McClelland, Jasmine 58-63 Miele 11, 20, 31, 39, 44, 49, 89 Miller, Mitch 6-11 Miller, Terri 96-99 Miller’s Fine Decorative Hardware 11

Mint Interior Design 86-89 Moe Freid 93 Moen 67 Moooi 35 Mountain Plumbing 44 Murphy & Co Design 86-89 Murphy, Jeff 86-89 Murray Lampert Construction 26-31 Natasha Law 11 New Style Cabinets 40-44 Newport Brass 31 Nowak, Margaret AIA 64-67 Ovation Cabinetry OBC Palecek 11 Pat McCoy 99 Patricia Edward 49 Paula Ables Interiors 16-20 Pedini IFC-1 Perrin & Rowe 89 Philippe Starck 67 Poliform 39 Push Pull Open Close 93 Qasair 11, 63 Quantum Quartz 63 Rejuvenation 93 Resene 11 Restoration Hardware 31, 35, 75 Rev-A-Shelf 31, 50-51 Robert Schaub 99 Robertson 15 Rocky Mountain 99 Rohl 11, 39 Ross Enterprises 11 Rysso-Peters 36-39 Samsung 15 Sanco 11 Seva Home 20 Sharp 11, 39 Shaws 89 Shintaffer, Kylee 68-71 Shoberg Homes 16-20 Silestone 24-25, 77 Simon James 15

Skogmo, Talla ASID 46-49 Smrz, Brian and Carol 72-75 Starphire 63 Steven Cabinets 46-49, 86-89 Stringer, Tom 64-67 Stuart Silk Architects 68-71 Sub-Zero 2, 11, 20, 31, 44, 49, 67, 71, 75, 89, 99 Sunset Kitchens 58-63 Surface Art 99 Sutton, Davinia 80-85 Talla Skogmo Interior Design 46-49 Tech Lighting 20 Terry Tracy Architect 96-99 The Fine Line 67 The Holloman Group 68-71 Thermador 11 Thern Electric 99 ThinkGlass 104-IBC Thomas, Gregory AIA 90-93 Tim Webber 15 Tom Stringer Design Partners 64-67 Tracy, Terry 96-99 Trends Publishing International 45, 56, 76, 100-101 Trinity Building Products 20 True Professional Series 57 TrueGrain Veneer 63 Uson Design 49 Velux 5 Vent-A-Hood 31, 93 Viking 44 Village Architects 6-11 Vintec 63 Walden & Co 96-99 Walker Zanger 31 Waterlox 99 Waterstone Faucets 71, 75 Waterworks 39, 71 Wolf 2, 20, 31, 39, 67, 75, 89, 99 WZ Home Improvement Inc 40-44


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