Old World Charm Meets Modern Convenience
The perfectly-centered reproduction, 18th Century French limestone range hood, reminiscent of an old fireplace where family gathered around, was the inspiration for this avid cook’s family kitchen. Generous proportions of the well-organized space tie together with exotic Rainforest Brown marble with brown-on-white veining on the center island and counters and light vintage “Biblical Stone” tile flooring reclaimed from streets of Jerusalem. Naturally the design includes plenty of food prep areas, storage, up-to-date appliances, as well as areas to congregate.
The kitchen’s elegantly-detailed custom cabinetry is finished with a lightly burnished glaze giving the cherry wood a beautiful patina. The room’s other focal point; the exquisitely carved, armoire-encased, double Sub Zero refrigerator unit includes an understated rosette and finial. Carved columns were added to the base of the center island and custom mullioned grids over the glass of the four top-end cabinets. The interior designer’s use of natural stone mosaic, porcelain and bronze metal hardware bring added bygone charm to the kitchen.
If the custom cabinets and design elements add beauty, the appliances do the heavy lifting. Beneath the range hood sits a 6-burner Wolf stove with grill, convection oven and side oven. To the left is an elegant, stand-alone custom cabinet fitted with a Wolf microwave. Underneath, retracting pocket doors hide other counter appliances and a much-used Wolf warming drawer. Adjacent to the kitchen, a butler's pantry complete with Sub Zero wine cooler, boasts period charm with similar cabinetry, marble and an antique mirror.