At-Home Havens

Everyone craves a relaxing respite now and then – a place to get away from life’s everyday stresses. Well, what if that special sanctuary was through the front door of our very own home?

This was the concept behind the 10,000-sq.-ft. Design Idea Center, created by the Meredith Corporation and the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Presented at the 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference in Las Vegas last month, the five kitchen and bath design concepts – developed and presented by five of Meredith’s shelter magazines – captured the theme of “getting away” without venturing away from home.

With “Destination Home: Everyday Getaways” as its theme, the publications – Kitchen and Bath Ideas, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Traditional Home and Midwest Living – each created kitchen and bath vignettes based on their targeted readership.

The Traveling Gourmet

The Kitchen and Bath Ideas magazine space – “Gourmet Traveler At Home” – is designed for the well-traveled couple who enjoy sampling food and wine. The 772-sq.-ft. area includes a gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry and wine room, all designed around the idea of including guests in the preparation and enjoyment of food and drink.

Rebekah Zaveloff, CKD, designer, KitchenLab, LLC, who designed the space, used a blend of cabinetry finishes and styles to add a sense of the Old World communal cooking experience, according to Kit Selzer, group editor, Meredith Special Interest Media Kitchen and Bath Group. “It feels as though the elements have been collected over time,” Selzer notes.
A freestanding semi-custom china hutch in KraftMaid Cabinetry’s Abington Oak in Cognac, as well as islands in KraftMaid’s Mandolay Maple in Amber Glaze, provide furniture-type touches to the room.

In keeping with the vintage feel, the kitchen includes a white Kohler Harborview Wall-Mount Utility Sink with legs and Kohler dual faucets in vibrant brushed nickel. A green and off-white patterned glass tile mosaic of interlocking circles from Erin Adams Design Inc. for Ann Sacks acts as a backsplash behind the sink and along three walls, adding a touch of classic whimsy while tying together the colors of the room.

Multiple work areas of different heights are featured, as are countertop cutouts in the prep island. The cutouts are positioned next to the range, and hold removable, washable metal bins that can be filled with a range of oils, utensils, seasonings and garnishes.

The prep island is topped with DuPont Zodiaq quartz surfacing in Papyrus, and includes an Alcott apron front sink with Kohler faucet. The seating island is topped with DuPont Corian in Medea, a darker-toned gray to the Rain Cloud Corian used on the perimeter cabinets of Lindsay maple finished in Vanilla Bean Glaze, also from KraftMaid.

The room’s appliances – Pro Style convection range, dishwasher and side-by-side refrigerator, all from Jenn-Air – are easily accessible from the main sink and island sink.

A dedicated coffee center in KraftMaid’s Mandolay Maple in Amber Glaze features a Jenn-Air undercounter refrigerator and icemaker with custom panel and hardware, with a Jenn-Air microwave oven with convection placed nearby in an appliance garage.

A pass-through butler’s pantry acts as a second kitchen. The room includes an electric double wall oven with convection, warming drawer, French door refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher, all in Oiled Bronze from Jenn-Air. KraftMaid’s Abington oak cabinets in Cognac are topped with DuPont Corian countertops in Rain Cloud. A Kohler Alcott undercounter sink with faucet finish the room.

Guests can easily move from the kitchen to the pass-through pantry to the wine-tasting room. The wine room features a dishwasher and undercounter wine cellars from Jenn-Air, as well as a counter-height island in Mandolay Maple with Vanilla Bean Glaze from KraftMaid Cabinetry. KraftMaid Abington Oak cabinets in Cognac are topped with DuPont Zodiaq in Papyrus, which houses a Gilford apron-front sink from Kohler. The island sports Granite Certified by DuPont in Kashmir White.

The Garden Experience

Stepping from the kitchen to the garden is often part of the dream kitchen experience, and Better Homes and Gardens brings that concept to life with “A Gardener’s Kitchen.” The room is designed for those who consider their garden to be the ultimate getaway, with the kitchen opening onto a back deck, complete with a container garden and potting table. The kitchen features a library and coffee bar.

“We’re bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside,” comments Oma Blaise Ford, senior deputy editor, Home Design, Better Homes and Gardens.

The 540-sq.-ft. space, conceived by Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, designer, Mary Jo Peterson Inc. and Ford, incorporates many earth-inspired comforts, all in a farmhouse atmosphere.

Around the perimeter of the space are cabinets from KraftMaid in Mandolay Maple door style in Irish Cream, placed against a rich yellow backdrop. The cooktop and sink area cabinets are topped in DuPont Corian in Clam Shell. Rolling carts beneath the counters provide functionality.

Plate racks on each side of the sink are located directly above Whirlpool paneled dishwasher drawers for convenience. A Whirlpool French door refrigerator is also featured in the room.

A Kohler Gilford apron-front sink in Biscuit, with wall-mount faucets in brushed nickel, is surrounded by a backsplash of green and white marble tiles reminiscent of a garden trellis. The same backsplash is displayed above the stainless steel Whirlpool dual-fuel range, flanked by windows with glass shelving that hold pots of herbs.

Opposite the range wall is a dual-function laundry center, which features a long counter that doubles as an additional prep space or buffet area for social gatherings.

Indoor-outdoor light fixtures in wrought iron add to the room’s garden ambience, and complement the wrought iron garden gate displayed over the range hood.

A kitchen library to the side of the main room houses magazines and cookbooks. A beverage center adjacent to the library features refrigerator drawers with custom panels from KitchenAid. DuPont Corian in Stone Harbor tops the cabinets in this area.

Outdoors, a DuPont Corian solid surface potting table with integrated sink in Stone Harbor is teamed with a restaurant-style sprayer/faucet.

Coastal Living

The Pacific Northwest is the intended backdrop for “Natural Inspirations,” the 462-sq.-ft. vignette presented by Traditional Home magazine. A coastal-inspired kitchen suitable for entertaining and cooking, designed by Janice Pattee, CKD, CMG, Janice Pattee Design, and Robert Young, CKD/CBD and senior design and projects editor, the space, is completed in a mix of earthy colors and natural textures.

The KraftMaid Chamberlain Maple base and island cabinets, finished in Pewter Glaze, provide a warm, comfortably used look to the space. Wall cabinets, featuring an Evansville door in Muslin, also from KraftMaid, offer a brighter contrast. The island is finished with DuPont Corian countertop in Sonora, while the range and sink wall, wine and coffee bar are topped with Corian in Clamshell.

High-tech appliances, including a Pro-Style gas convection range in stainless steel, an oversize vent hood, dishwashers and French Door refrigerator, all from Jenn-Air, assist with food preparation and clean up.

Single-bowl undermount sinks on both the perimeter and in the island provide additional function, with a Kohler HiRise wall-mount pot filler in brushed stainless over the range adding to the usefulness of the space.

But it is the added details that give this space its casual and inviting charm. A built-in window seat invites residents and guests to relax and take in the view. A glass mosaic tile backsplash – Sumi-e Ohara in Silk from Walker Zanger – over the range ties in the colors of the room.

A substantial natural teak dining table provides a modern contrast to the room’s traditional feel, while the Armstrong Hardwood Flooring Sugar Creek Solid Maple Plank floor covering in a pewter finish mimics the shimmer of the ocean.
“This is based on a typical home on the Pacific Northwest coast,” offers Young. “Friends can gather around the large island,” making the space perfect for entertaining.

Cottage in the Woods

Country Home magazine termed its 545-sq.-ft., two-room cottage “The Big Little House in the Woods.” Seemingly a contradiction in terms, the home’s clever design shows how a small space can “live large.” This cottage is inspired by the wooded cabins of Minnesota and the country getaways drawn by Scandinavian artist Carl Larsson.

Erica Smith, CKD, CBD, designer, New England Classic Kitchens, along with Country Home editor Meredith Ladik and Kathryn Precourt, contributing editor/design consultant, chose a streamlined, neutral Scandinavian design that features space-saving function and cozy nooks.

Throughout the home, walls of pine sheathing provide a golden rustic tone. White trim and splashes of aqua throughout add to the home’s relaxing atmosphere. Completing the look is Armstrong Hardwood Flooring’s Century Farm Collection Maple in Antique Cashew and Sand Dune, used in an alternating pattern.

The whitewashed KraftMaid Putnam Maple cabinetry in Bisque Glaze is mingled with open shelving throughout the kitchen. Topping the cabinets and island is DuPont Corian in Verde Private Collection.
A Briva In-Sink Dishwasher in stainless steel from KitchenAid allows for the inclusion of a larger KitchenAid French door refrigerator. A KitchenAid gas range is also featured.

In the bathroom, an Iron Works Historic Bath with aqua interior is ringed in neutral-toned fabrics for privacy. To make room for the clawfoot tub, a Kohler Serif sink in Vapour Green and Purist Hatbox Toilet are angled into the corner. KraftMaid Vella Maple cabinetry is finished in Bianco Satin, topped with DuPont Corian in Antarctica.

An out-of-the-way alcove includes closet cabinets from KraftMaid in Putnam Maple with a Bisque Glaze, with pull-out drawers and tall units for hanging clothes.

“Though this is a small space, this home is all about living smartly, not large,” says Precourt.

Barn Living

In a converted barn, Midwest Living presents a weekend retreat that features a “back to nature” kitchen and bath. The contemporary cabinetry and appliances contrast nicely with the barn’s agricultural backdrop.

The 557-sq.-ft. space, conceived by Liz Firebaugh, CKD, design consultant, Signature Kitchens and Carol Schalla, senior home/projects editor/designer, Midwest Living, embraces nature through the use of organic materials, such as wood cabinetry and floors and stone walls.

“The pure, natural elements give it a contemporary edge with an unstructured feeling,” says Schalla.

Also included are the stainless steel appliances, such as the KitchenAid side-by-side refrigerator, dual fuel range and wall-mount canopy hood. The walls, woods and accents are earth-inspired, while the stainless steel acts as a complement to the naturally appearing gray and silver tones in the room. A KitchenAid dishwasher features a custom panel. A DuPont Corian countertop in Burled Beach reflects the room’s tones and resembles a piece of limestone.

The kitchen includes multi-use work areas, mobile cabinets and organized storage. The range wall features Venicia by KraftMaid cabinets in Capri with Tiber Cherry finish. The fireplace wall with moveable cabinet box is Capri finished in Steel Gloss.

On the island, a butcher block top from Spekva USA makes a bold statement.

The spa bath also plays the rustic against the contemporary, with “raw cedar framing a carved countertop that drains into a trough reminiscent of the barn’s original farm use,” notes Midwest Living. Below the trough-sink counter area – DuPont Corian in Burled Beach – sits a Venezia by KraftMaid vanity featuring Vela door style in Alfredo Gloss.

Venicia by KraftMaid Capri door style in Steel Gloss along the tub wall offers a contemporary spin in a frameless European style that resembles lockers. Fresco doors feature Silver Screen glass inserts.

A Kohler Escale Freestanding soaking tub in Biscuit sits in its own nook, while an outdoor shower “is in keeping with the idea of basking in the home’s organic surroundings,” notes Schalla.

A separate water closet with Kohler Two-Piece Elongated Toilet finishes the space.

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