Overall, material and color selections were chosen to create a one-of-a-kind look. “The client was not looking for a cookie-cutter kitchen,” says Drury. “The goal was to create an eclectic mix of different materials. The end result is a beautiful kitchen with a diverse mix of materials with a touch of the Beaux-Arts design accented by details that, while not obvious at first glance, unfold as you walk through the space.”
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- Drury Design, Glen Ellyn, IL, worked with Ginny Blasco Design Studio in Chicago to turn a monochromatic kitchen with oak cabinets, casing and flooring into a modern showpiece that reflected the client’s desire for a contemporary kitchen with a traditional flair that blended various styles used throughout the rest of the home.
- Design challenges in the space included the oak flooring and casings, as well as the large window above the kitchen sink, which could not be changed.
- Design solutions included Grabill cabinetry crafted from quarter sawn oak and stained in an Abby brown finish. To add contrast and move attention away from the casing and flooring finishes, designers added accent cabinetry painted in a custom high-gloss, soft green hue.
- Focal points of the room include the custom-designed mantle hood set off by backsplash tile that was custom cut from a single slab of marble. Pewter inlays in the island and bar as well as pewter brackets that support the bar top tie into other metals used in the home.
- High-end appliances include a Wolf microwave, range top and double oven; Sub-Zero wine cooler and under-the-counter refrigerator; Miele refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher; Thermador warming drawer; Blanco sinks and Kohler faucets.
- The end result is an award-winning kitchen that won first place in Grabill Cabinets’ 2010 Home Collections Design
Competition for the transitional category.