At this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase, a pair of designers collaborated on a handsome modern-but-not-too-modern galley kitchen installed in the former butler’s pantry of the house. Chief among the many noteworthy features is the overall off-white color scheme based on the canvas color of Heath Ceramics field tile. The look manages to be neutral yet wonderfully stylish. One element that makes the narrow space so distinctive is a Union Jack motif – rendered somewhat ironically in coffee (as opposed to tea) colors – that creates bold diagonals on one kitchen wall from the counter top to the ceiling. The graphic is painted, stained and shellacked onto oak-veneer strips affixed to plywood (less expensive than using solid oak boards). The plywood substrate also helps support the beefy open shelving.
Opposite, it’s not surprising to see large-scale classic Heath Ceramics field tile, in a color dubbed “canvas,” which aptly describes the entire theme. The tile is darkly grouted, which helps emphasize the size. We are fans of this storied tile which is the focus of our post about Heath Ceramic House Numbers. The kitchen includes painted cabinets have very refined inset doors with slab fronts that give the kitchen a modern sleekness. The designers gave that a push with über-trendy Italian leather Spinneybeck oval pulls (in black) and zinc counters flanking the rangetop.
Show house kitchens are always great because they are all about sources. So before you ask, I’m happy to report that the wall décor is composed paint-decorated vintage cutting boards and that the striking pendants are Ralph Lauren’s Dustin Dodecahedron (that’s 12-sided to you) wood-frame pendants, which come in several sizes and colors.
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