A sophisticated stone kitchen by John Saladino also boasts steel elements.
It’s 11:50 a.m. on the clock on the wall of a stone kitchen restored by designer John Saladino. It’s not a digital clock yet it’s an update for this home, along with stainless steel cabinets and a large bank of built in paneled refrigeration that signals a house with high-end requirements. Saladino is a master at mixing old and new. The low heavily beamed ceiling and stone walls present visual and structural challenges which the designer met with sleek, modern solutions that still manage to look warm in this setting.
It’s a high wire act to marry sleek modern steel to rustic stone walls and wood beams. That was accomplished by wrapping pale stone over the top and ends of stainless drawers and cabinets on the range wall. Stainless also was set over a stone wall between a pair of windows as a range guard for the vent hood. There, a pair of windows flank a large gas cooktop. A pair of electric wall ovens are installed below the cooktop, one approach to a dual fuel cooking set up.
Across the kitchen, on he sink wall, cabinets also are stone wrapped with the same stone used on the counters. Natural fiber floor mats help soften things slightly in the wide aisle. And an old-fashioned cloth-covered kitchen table sits below a pair of contemporary pendant lights. Nearby, a pair of wooden candlestick lamps sit on the counters as decorative elements that also have task lighting value. But the real worth of the kitchen lies in the way it was skillfully updated and appointed in an attractive, but also durable, style that permits both heavy and light duty use.
(Source: Saladino Style)
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