Sunday, September 11, 2011

Kitchen Design with old European Elegance!

The "feature" cabinet in the kitchen! This cabinet was hand painted by our very own Laurell and looks as if it was reclaimed from a chateau in France.

Stone arches were installed in the entry to every section of the "kitchen suite", creating an old world ambiance. Notice the 72 inch wide Sub-Zero that is paneled in a pewter tone wood panel.We designed the top of the refrigerator to mimic the molding above the large armoir feature piece. Looking thru the arch, you are peeking into the servery - the baking and prep center . More to come on that area later!

This cabinet is the feature piece of the kitchen and has pull out shelves in both of the towers for dinnerware and pantry items. The center of the cabinet has a furniture grade butcher block top with 3 large drawers below it for pots and pans and cooking utensils. Each of the drawers has a beautiful detailed long gold pull in the center. It has a 20 inch grand molding detail at the top, with the vintage looking mirror in the center. Antique sconces were hard wired thru openings cut in the mirror. A large crystal samovar from Romancing the Home stands in the center.

A glimpse of the spectacular view from the open french doors in the kitchen - a series of ponds and fountains, creating a soothing background sound.

I am sharing just a snippet of a spectacular kitchen. We have been enjoying the process of remodeling this kitchen for the past several months and the details are starting to come together. It is a contrast of elements- crystal versus stone, silver versus gold, wood versus granite. This week, my favorite element in the kitchen was installed- a mirror that lists the menu of a Paris bistro. Laurell stripped this mirror and applied the wording to the back and gold leafed over the design. Installed in the center of the large pantry armoir, it singularly defines the elegance of the space. Antique sconces, wired thru the mirror, create a magical feel. Another key feature installed in the last few weeks, stone arches really add to the elegance of the kitchen. We have much more to share with you in the weeks to come as we add the details to this "5 room" kitchen suite - a gallery showcasing fine crystal, a servery for prep work and baking, an intimate dining space with a fireplace, a separate clean-up area, and of course the actual entertaining kitchen. As we all know, you just can't get your guests out of the kitchen, so we decided to make it as elegant as the living room! Stay tuned!

1 comment:

cityfarmer said...

oh how I wish I could peek!!

I have a really good imagination ...