Belgian Style

Updating a Kitchen

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In the midst of getting ready for a major presentation to client tomorrow, I wanted to squeeze in the follow up to my previous post. This is the kitchen that did not make it in to the Boston Common story.

In spite of all the lighting, the dark trim and black countertops make the room feel very dark. I would rework the lighting layout, bringing more light the bear on the work surfaces and counter tops. Personally, I’ve never liked exhaust hoods over the kitchen island. They’re obtrusive and generally pretty ugly. Having said that, if you have to have one, make it a piece of sculpture. Use it to enhance your kitchen experience.

 

Taking my own advice, I designed a sculptural exhaust hood, which incorporates it’s own task lighting. The trim has been lightened and a light granite or marble back splash and counter top helps brighten the space. (I might do the entire kitchen in a light or fumed French oak.) The floor has been replaced with a more durable and lighter colored staggered stone pattern. To give the cabinets and island a furniture-like appearance, I eliminated the toe kick space, except where the fridge and micro wave are located. You can see the hutch leg peaking out from behind the island… By adding panels to the fridge doors and putting the micro wave behind a set of doors, I have been able to design a built in that has the appearance of a tall hutch. I do like the notion of the open shelves above the sinks, but they need to be framed better, so I added closed cabinets at each end. The glass doors have been redone to make them feel more window-like.

Viola!!!

Now it’s back to meeting preparations!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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This peaceful vignette is a reflection of my mind and spirit after having spent a long weekend with my Mom.

Got back in time to mow the lawn, clean the gutters and get the flowers and mint plants in the ground that Mom sent back with me.

Looking forward to another busy week!

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This is a rendering done by Eric Daum AIA, Merrimack Design Associates, of the exterior of the house in which we’re designing the Belgian/French/Continental style kitchen. The bar has been set high!

 

Have a great day!

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