A dark, uninviting 1960s “builder special” gets an airy, functional and stylish update from a California designer.
Designed by Ione Victoria, owner/designer of Paradise Interior Design, this previously cramped, unorganized and dark kitchen received a full makeover, complete with multiple lighting fixtures for task and spot lighting as well as operable skylights to incorporate natural light and contribute to an overall airy feel.
Since the husband-and-wife clients varied greatly in height, Victoria staggered the counter and cabinet heights to create multiple view levels and provide visual interest for visitors. To enhance the look, white glass cut in curved patterns was used in both the raised-island countertop and the breakfast booth countertop.
Custom cabinetry, designed by Victoria, plays a large role in the layout as well. The cabinets feature highly figured Anegre wood with a clear finish and solid maple interiors. According to Victoria, the Euro construction door style helps simplify the somewhat complicated space.
A unique, specially requested wine rack that holds some 33 bottles of wine was set near the wet bar area, giving the clients’ easy access to their wine collection while enjoying a quiet dinner at home or cooking and entertaining for guests.
Product lineup: Sub-Zero 48" side-by-side refrigerator/freezer; Thermador stainless steel 36" Pro six-burner cooktop; Thermador 30" double convection oven Pro Series; Thermador heavy-duty main dishwasher; Vent-A-Hood custom series ventilation hood; Dacor 27" warming drawer with integrated front; Sharp Insight Pro microwave; Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer with integrated front; Miele Nespresso System espresso maker; U-Line built-in beverage cooler with integrated front; fixtures and sinks from Franke; main faucet, pot filler and Ladylux Plus main faucet by Grohe; Salora prep faucet by Moen; custom cabinetry by Woodmaster; monorail and fixtures by Tech Lighting, and hardwood flooring by Hartco.