To maintain the horizontal line of the space, only one overhead cabinet was used. That cabinet is used as a focal point in the bar area, and features a glass front that acts as a repetitive element from the backsplash in the main kitchen.
The lift-up glassware cabinet and the close proximity of refrigeration "make the bar an area that follows both form and function," according to Murray. Pull-outs and roll-outs enhance the function of the bar storage areas.
Murray worked with Brian Allen of SieMatic's San Francisco location to specify the cabinetry in the bar area and auxiliary kitchen. SieMatic cabinetry was selected for its clean lines, which were desired by the client.
"The stainless steel countertops and the gloss white cabinets in the auxiliary space make the small area sparkle," she offers.
Balancing the Room
Keeping materials consistent was critical to maintaining an airy feel in the room without giving it a cavernous, empty impression. In addition to the custom blue and stainless elements, Murray sought to balance the space with organic forms and textures.
The backsplash above the range presented an opportunity to do that. Playing off the SieMatic glass-front cabinetry, the glass backsplash was designed to spread light from the kitchen to other parts of the home.
"The lighting of the glass backsplash over the stove allows light into the hallway behind the kitchen and also adds a glow for entertaining. In the evening the dining room lighting makes you feel as if you are dining under the stars in the mountains. It is enchanting," says Murray, noting how the soft lighting adds warmth to an otherwise chilly palette.
"Add the warm teak bar top and the bar stools that encompass all of the finishes and - Voila! You have a great entertaining space that is well balanced," she exclaims.
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