(copy of article on this kitchen by Jeanne Matteccui)
Rustic wood paneling worthy of a library gives a formal edge to a Florida kitchen. Designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon is used to facing challenges in designing kitchens and baths. But a Florida home that an Atlanta couple purchased provided many challenges. Among the top requests made to Clendenon were that she reuse the existing tile floor since it ran throughout the house, and reuse existing appliances since they weren’t very old and were in good condition. Clendenon also advised eliminating a soffit above the cabinetry, replacing crown molding that had been installed incorrectly, incorporate a small butler’s pantry behind the refrigerator and differentiate the kitchen from a sitting area. To top off all these challenges, the remodeling had to take place after the clients had had Clendenon redo the kitchen in their separate guest cottage (see pageXXX). Each of the solutions Clendenon came up with made the kitchen function better, provided an improved aesthetic as well as 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 swank built-in coffee maker. Clendenon had some wiggle room in the budget for an expensive cold-rolled steel hood that acts as a big, luxurious punctuation mark in the space and gives the room an old-world patina.
Clendenon also recycled the existing cabinets in the home’s bathrooms, laundry and garage, and in their place designed custom knotty cherry cabinetry with a dark stain and slight glaze. By removing the soffit, Clendenon had room to run these cabinets to the top of the ceiling and along their top rows she added antique mirrored glass and an iron grill for another traditional twist. To 0ffset the cabinets’ darkness, she and the homeowner selected golden beach granite for counter tops and a golden mosaic color stone for the back splash. New wood ceiling molding and the addition of a small flanking wall helped to separate the kitchen work and seating areas.
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