A black & white family kitchen with high end cabinets and a jackpot of refined details
When Ohio kitchen designer Kelly Zamonski took on the challenge of creating a family kitchen in an old house, she looked to the floor. While the kitchen was to be a classic white, with high end Plain and Fancy cabinets, it was the original 1850s pine floor in the kitchen space that Zamonski knew would help inject a sense of history and place. That set the tone for cabinets with an old-house feeling and an opportunity to create numerous custom details that designers crave.
The kitchen space offered an excellent layout — three unbroken walls plus space for an island where the sink would go. Placing the sink in the island offers the cook a few into the dining space rather than a wall. Plus, it created a good working relationship to the stove. The range wall is crowded, with a cooktop plus double Viking ovens and a warming drawer below. At the end of the range wall a small spice rack was tucked into a usually dark corner. But it’s hardly noticed because it sits below a glamorous, lighted glass door upper cabinet with glass panels on the end, too.
I’m a hue fan of Plain & Fancy cabinets which I have in my own kitchen. These are Arctic white with a distressed finish, inset doors and wooden knobs that match. Added to that English Victorian style is a beefy crown molding that ties them beautifully into the ceiling.
The days when kitchens had furniture pieces like chests on chests, the refrigerator wall offers loads of drawer and china cabinet storage. Below the bilt-in microwave is an appliance garage and book shelves on each side break up the wall and have space for the owners cookbook library. Countertops are black Impala granite and the sink faucet is from the Whitehaus Collection.
Then there’s the jackpot of refined details to note: end panels on island and perimeter cabinets match the door styles. The 4″ x 4″ tumbled marble backsplash beneath solid-door upper cabinets behind the cooktop transitions to wood planking below the lighted glass-door cabinet. That counter also changes from granite to wood — creating serving buffet space and an ample kitchen worktop as well. Like may family kitchens, this one includes a pine dining table with a collection of non-matching vintage chairs for an extra helping of hominess.
(Source: Kelly Zamonski, Xenia, Ohio, at kitplace.com. Photos: DanFeldkamp, Visual Edge)
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