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Riveted Range Guard Kitchen

Spanish country kitchen with stainless steel range guard with decorative riveted border

As a focal point, the wall above the range – called the range guard — takes on added importance.

For a spacious kitchen in a newly constructed Spanish country home, architect Pablo Carvajal and designer Isabel Lopez-Quesada created a stunning range guard behind a white Lancanche Sully with an electric (or possibly induction) top.

Protecting the wall with fireproof material is essential since heat from the top of a powerful range can scorch, and cooking matter cause splattering, staining and burning. There are several usual approaches. The American “pro” or restaurant-style stainless steel liner (as seen in Antique Island Kitchen)  unifies the range and the hood (sometimes with a shelf).… Continue Reading


Masculine Black Lacquer Kitchen

Mabilu home of Richard Shapiro from Architectural Digest

Dark kitchens work best when light spills through windows and cabinets contrast with walls and flooring.

Leave it to designer and antiques dealer Richard Shapiro to take a roofless surf shack on Malibu’s Broad Beach and turn it into an illusion of a centuries old crumbling villa.  Although a black kitchen may not appeal to everyone, you have to admit this one exudes elegance. The kitchen is the black tie to the home’s evening gown. A simple, yet handsome space with a basalt waterfall island anchors one end of the living room. The volcanic stone was also used on the opposite counter and large backsplash wall. … Continue Reading


Modern Apple Green Kitchen

modern green kitchen with etched glass cabinet doors and red accents

Etched glass door inserts feature letters for a fun, personal touch

Apple green cabinets brighten up this year round beach residence while avoiding the usual coastal influence.  Cabinets rise to the occasion, and in this case to a Mondrian inspired ceiling.  Uppers are found resting on the corner counter, making this usually awkward area more functional.  Etched glass-front upper cabinet doors feature letters and are a fun surprise.  A stainless steel range and unpretentious hood blend seamlessly with the backsplash without distracting from the cabinetry design.  Vibrant red windows and French doors used in this open concept floor plan are echoed in the table and chairs. … Continue Reading


Marble Subway Tile Kitchens

black and white kitchen with marble subway tiles by Ty Larkin

Marble subway tile enriches the black and white design formula

Designers are always looking for ways to personalize kitchens, particularly the two standby classics: all white and black-and-white kitchens. Back in January I wrote that all-white had become formulaic. That post White Kitchens — Trend Over raised some hackles. Too bad. It’s true.

Recently I found a variation for black-and-white kitchens (which by definition have white cabinets and black counters).  Two designers working at opposite ends of the U.S. have moved them forward by swapping Carrara marble subway tile for default glazed white subways.

In Portland, Oregon designer Jessica Helgerson renovated a 100-year-old house [top and above ] for a young family who wanted to modernize.… Continue Reading


Black-and-White Smallbone Kitchen

black and white Smallbone kitchen

In London, a 19th Century house with a 21st Century kitchen

Modernizing a kitchen in a Victorian house in England is no small accomplishment, even for a designer as celebrated as Robert Couturier. When a longtime client moved from New York to London, Couturier chose the classic black-and-white color scheme using white Smallbone cabinetry with black counters. He also worked in pale-blue walls (popular in Britain) then cranked it all up by injecting some 21st-century glitz by way of silver-tone accessories.

Chief among these is the pair of Miss K pendants by Philippe Starck made of a silver- hued thermoplastic Lucite (by Flos at lumens.com).… Continue Reading


Wood Burning Oven Kitchen

black and white kitchen with wood oven by Scott Yetman

The heart of this kitchen is the beehive pizza oven in the corner

Large, super high-end and gourmet-worthy, this black and white charmer by top Montreal designer Scott Yetman is one of the most interesting and well-designed kitchens we’ve seen in some time. It also has a popular color scheme worked out so thoroughly there are lessons even a practiced kitchen designer can take away.

While the centerpiece of the kitchen appears to be the imposing island, with butcher block and a built-in knife rack at the business end, the heart of this kitchen is a few feet away: the wood burning oven in the corner.… Continue Reading