family heirloom re-purposed and reinvented
There were three mandates for this project. First, the layout needed to be more functional. Second, the décor of the open plan kitchen/dining area/family room needed to blend seamlessly. Third, the designer had to incorporate a precious family heirloom chest into the décor.
Before the renovation, major appliances were not handy to each other or work surfaces. The refrigerator was located away from the range and bisected the primary counter into too small sections. Utilizing extra inches and borrowing a few, the designer moved the Wolf oven/range inches toward the corner, fitting the Sub-Zero refrigerator between the cooking unit and the existing doorway.
French ornamentation and outstanding hand-carving, painted a classic shade of cream was selected for the background cabinetry and range hood’s apron; a natural deep mahogany, referencing existing furniture, was chosen for the center island. These tones and scheme helped unify the entire space. A custom copper range hood and iridescent Labradorite Blue granite countertops enhance the blending of the décor while also adding visual texture. Notable are the hand-carved antique beveled mirrors inserted into the upper mullioned glass doors.
Most appreciated by the homeowner was the repurposing of their existing chest. By building a showcase atop the lower structure and adding a serving shelf, the designer created a beautiful, functional breakfront. The unused piece is now a much-used, as well as, a much-loved treasure.