Formal Edge to a Florida Kitchen
Designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon is used to facing challenges in designing kitchens and baths. But a Florida home purchased by an Atlanta couple provided many challenges. Among the top requests made to Clendenon were that she re-use existing features of the home. The existing tile floor ran throughout the house and existing appliances weren’t very old and were in good condition. Clendenon advised replacing crown molding installed incorrectly, incorporating a small butler’s pantry and differentiating the kitchen from the sitting area. In addition to these challenges, the remodeling had to take place after the clients had Clendenon redo the kitchen in their separate guest cottage.
As a result, each of the solutions made the kitchen function better, provided an improved aesthetic, and reflected the owners’ traditional style preferences. To make the tile appear more attractive, the homeowners hired a specialist to refurbish it. By keeping the appliances, (she bought a microwave for them and a new swanky built-in coffee maker) Cheryl had some wiggle room in the budget for an expensive cold-rolled steel hood. This hood acts as a big, luxurious punctuation mark in the space and gives the room an old-world patina. Likewise, rustic wood paneling worthy of a library gave the walls a formal edge.
Clendenon also recycled existing cabinets throughout the home. In their place, she designed custom knotty cherry cabinetry with a dark stain and slight glaze. By eliminating a soffit above the cabinetry, Clendenon had room to run these cabinets to the top of the ceiling. Along the top of the upper cabinets she added antique mirrored glass and an iron grill for another traditional twist. To 0ffset the dark cabinetry, she and the homeowner selected golden beach granite for countertops and golden stone mosaic backsplash. New wood ceiling molding and the addition of a small flanking wall helped to separate the kitchen and seating area.
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