February 28, 2017
4 Bold One-of-a-Kind Designer Kitchens
1. Custom Wood Feature Wall
Designer: Nicole Tysvaer of Galaxy Homes
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Size: 385 square feet (35.7 square meters)
Homeowners’ request: Add something original to a pocket door that separates the kitchen from an in-law suite in a remodeled and expanded 1960s house.
Style points: Reclaimed-wood artist Blake Sloane of Forty Third Place created the installation using 50-year-old cedar that was deconstructed from another part of the house and arranged in geometrical stripes and shapes.
Other special features: Walnut cabinet drawer and door fronts on Ikea cabinet boxes. Ten-foot ceiling. Skylights. Walk-in pantry in lieu of upper cabinets. Built-in computer desk (not shown). Matte black pendant lights, drawer pulls, faucet and Schluter Systems trim.
Designer secret: “This kitchen offers a beautiful example of what can be done with bold colors,” designer Nicole Tysvaer says. “No need to stick with the gray-and-white palette.”
Also on the team: Matt Kulp of Galaxy Homes (builder and project leader); Mario Pareja of Umar Pareja Architecture; Denise Dermody of Simply Design (interior design support); Glenda Cherry (photographer)
Cabinet boxes and interiors: Ikea; cabinet drawer and door fronts and end panels: Semihandmade; exterior windows and doors: ProLine, Pella; tile: Concrete Beige, Porcelanosa; countertops: Caesarstone; stools and chairs: West Elm; pendants: Caravaggio in matte black, YLighting
2. Bold Color and Pattern
Designers: Harrison Design (architect) and Jackie Terrell (interior designer)
Location: Los Angeles
Size: 300 square feet (27.8 square meters)
Homeowners’ request: This was an idea house designed for Cottage Living magazine. The house replaced an eyesore and needed to reflect a fresh aesthetic couched in a historic Mission Revival setting. The kitchen reads old but serves a current lifestyle.
Style points: Dark olive green cabinets. Black-and-white Moorish-inspired tile backsplash. Green shelves in doorless pantry. Multiple light fixtures at varying heights. Coffered ceiling.
Other special features: Furniture-style island with zinc countertop. Acid-washed marble countertops on the perimeter. Magnetized primer for displaying children’s artwork. French doors to courtyard.
Also on the team: R.J. Spann (general contractor); Cooper Design Group (cabinetmaker and shelf designer)
Backsplash: Deco tiles, Terre collection, 4 by 4 inches, Exquisite Surfaces; wall, ceiling, door and trim paint: Fleur de Sel, Valspar-Martha Stewart (discontinued); cabinets: Sturbridge maple door in custom Prairie Green color with dovetail drawer box, Wood-Mode; wall shelves: maple in Nordic White, Wood-Mode; range hood: exterior blower motor KPEC992M, KitchenAid; Long schoolhouse flush mount and Short schoolhouse flush mount, both in chrome with white glass: Circa Lighting; counter bench: 170-53 in Davis White fabric with ebony wood finish, Lee Industries; counter stools: 5203-51 in Pinafore Tobacco fabric and ebony wood finish, Lee Industries; Zigzag runner rugs in brown and white: Madeline Weinrib Atelier
3. Bohemian Style and Fabric Backsplash
Designer: Andrea Monath Schumacher
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Size: 352 square feet (32.7 square meters); 16 by 22 feet (4.8 by 6.7 meters)
Homeowners’ request: Elegant, bohemian style full of color and comfort, and reflecting a love of travel.
Style points: Custom island designed to look like an antique Asian buffet piece. Grasscloth wallpaper backsplash in a flame stitch pattern, sandwiched between glass — it can be slid open to reveal storage behind it. Lanterns hang from an antique Chinese lattice over the sink.
Designer secret: “Sandwiching the backsplash wallpaper in glass gives you the ability to transform any wallcovering into a backsplash that can resist spills and stains,” designer Andrea Monath Schumacher says.
Also on the team: Emily Minton Redfield Photography; A&E Fine Woodworking
Backsplash fabric: F. Schumacher; runner rug: Shaver-Ramsey; stools: Hoff Miller; mock valances: fabric by F. Schumacher and trim by Arabel; glass bubble knobs: Anthropologie; countertop: Caesarstone
4. Copper Faucet and Range Hood
Designer: Scott West of West Architecture Studio
Homeowners’ request: An efficient, no-nonsense space with lots of light and semiindustrial style
Style points: Faucet with exposed copper piping. Custom copper-clad vent hood. Custom iron pipe and copper light fixture.
Other special features: Honed Striato Elegante marble countertop.
Also on the team: Post + Beam Builders (general contractor); Jill Bedard of Bedard Design (cabinetmaker)