Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Natural Wonder

This space overlooks a pretty stretch of hillside peppered with boulders, lending a secluded feel in the natural setting. The couple wanted to create an upbeat, casual, yet sophisticated, kitchen design that harmonizes with the views. The homeowners changed the floor plan in order to bring more openness into the kitchen and mimic the great outdoors. Because they entertain quite frequently, they wanted the area to flow easily for small and large groups. A generous-sized island provides the perfect place for guests to perch while the homeowners cook. It also enhances the kitchen’s airy feel and helps to define the space. Sleek appliances are paired with nature inspired materials, while bold dabs of red elevate the color palette. The result is a kitchen that packs a double punch—a visual “wow” and a streamlined workflow.

what they did
THE CHALLENGE: The kitchen needed to accommodate the homeowners’ busy lifestyles, which include regular entertaining. The couple also wanted the kitchen to celebrate the natural landscape just beyond the windows.

THE SOLUTION: Simplifying the floor plan allows for efficient traffic flow and creates a variety of areas for guests, including island space and a hospitality center with a sink and beverage chiller.

Casual warmth
1 The maple cabinetry has a sheer topcoat that allows the wood’s beautiful raining to show through. Bar pulls, placed vertically on the cabinetry doors, bridge traditional and modern styles.

2 One-inch mosaic glass tiles, with russet, cinnamon, and terra-cotta tones, make
the backsplash a shimmering focal point.

3 Earth-friendly bamboo flooring adds warmth to the room.

4 The energy-efficient counter-depth refrigerator features large-drawer storage,
lockable exterior controls, and a temperature-controlled drawer that keeps food fresher longer.

5 A tambour door (which functions like the front of a roll-top desk) conceals small
appliances and other items at the hospitality center.

6 Open shelving keeps dishware within easy reach and in plain sight. Aluminum-framed doors with glass inserts lend a distinctive touch.

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