Kitchen Trends

In this issue we find a kitchen Sally and I designed for a couple who moved from Boston to Newburyport to raise their family. They wanted the kitchen to express the energy of their former urban home and environment while respecting the architecture of  the 1920′s Colonial home they had purchased.

 

Here’s what we saw the first day we met our client – a rather quaint and dated “country” style kitchen.

 

And the after…

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It started several weeks ago with a fast sketch during a meeting with our client.

We settled on a look and door style – a lovely flush inset…

This afternoon, I pulled these sketches together to show them the range hood design and to some extent, what the entire design will begin to feel like.

Elevation.

Two hood profiles. The first angling back to the crown molding… Note the 21″ dimension between the upper cabinets and the base cabinets. Both husband and wife are tall and the “standard” 18″ cut off their sight lines to most of the counter top. I am constantly telling/reminding/preaching to our clients that more often than not, the success and/or failure of good design is a game of inches – sometimes fractions of an inch. Mock ups with cardboard boxes or 2×4′s and plywood are so simple and easy to do. The resulting final design solution is SOO MUCH BETTER!!!

The second “squared up”…

I wonder which one they will like?

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This kitchen caught my eye while thumbing thru the current issue of Art & Decoration magazine. First, it was because of the detail of the cabinet above the sink. The detail along the bottom makes it look like a bureau hung on the wall, right down to the feet at the end of the cabinet. Then other details began popping out at me. The sink set higher than the counter top. Is the counter set atypically low or is the sink set atypically high? Never seen a faucet set like this one either – very funky – and what’s the little thing with the lavender egg shaped thing coming off the wall to the right of the faucet set? Anyone know? Did you notice how the counter is split level? There are aspects of that idea I really like! LOVE the little shelf bracket! Finally, my eyes fell on the tile floor. Awesome!

Flipping to the next page, I found the answer to the counter height question. The sink is set high. (I wish I knew the stove manufacturer!)

I also came up with a theory about the split level counter top. It is to preserve the wainscot details. See how the exhaust hood stops shot  of the ceiling? I began wondering if that was to preserve the beautiful crown molding above. Flipping back to the other photo, see how the “shelf”  is higher that the wainscot detail on the wall beyond? Properly constructed it allows you to bring all your electrical and plumbing connections up in front of the wall – never disturbing any of the detail! Fantastic! And yes, the floor. You gotta love it!

One final question… If you were to categorize this – is it Belgian? French? Or simply Eclectic?

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