Design Idea Center Displays Passions and Provence

Design Idea Center Displays Passions and Provence

By Barbara Capella Loehr

Indeed, the 2004 DIC will offer a trio of designs two kitchens and one bath inspired by celebrity culinary and spa desires designed by Woman's Day Specials. Additionally, it will feature one vignette a kitchen, dining area, entertainment/family area and porch/loggia inspired by blending Old World French design with high function designed by Bon Appetit.

Built to be the NKBA's annual centerpiece of design and function, the DIC is scheduled, as usual, to coincide with the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show, set here for April 2 to 4, 2004.

Turning to celebrity chefs and Food Network stars Alton Brown and Paula Deen, and stage, TV and movie legend Carol Burnett for inspiration, Woman's Day Specials created two eat-in kitchens and one bath with the help of the KraftMaid Design Team, project manager Mervyn Kaufman and interior designer Ingrid Leess of Ingrid Leess Design in New Canaan, CT.

The goal for the three-part project dubbed "Personal Passions" was to create distinctly different designs inspired by the stars. According to Leess, "each celebrity wanted different things in each of their spaces." For example, she says, Alton Brown wanted a clean, modern, accessible "cooking lab" type of kitchen, while Paula Deen wanted a family kitchen that exuded Southern charm and warmth. And, Carol Burnett wanted a cozy, functional bath.

To start, Leess, working with KraftMaid and Kaufman, put together Deen's dream kitchen using a Southern Comfort theme. "She wanted the colors to be warm and the space to have more of an Old World theme," notes Leess. "She was also interested in being able to entertain and have family present, so we laid it out in a U shape so she could whip around and have accessibility."

To achieve that, Leess and Kaufman incorporated many of KraftMaid's cabinetry suggestions, including the use of not only wood cabinetry but also painted and glazed cabinetry along with darker stained cabinetry. Two cabinet styles dominate, with a third tone introduced to accent the dining side of the island and the high-backed utility bench.

Brookfield Maple in Hazelnut was used while Durango Hickory in Cognac was applied to the island's work side and to the enclosures on the major appliances. Brookfield Maple in Garnet was introduced to the bench and dining side of the island.

"The mix adds to the charm, and gives the feeling that the look has evolved over time," says Leess.
Kaufman and Leess added even more Old World/Southern charm and warmth to the kitchen through the use of three different quartz stone surfaces by Silestone, all with double-ogee edging. Each stone choice was also used to define each specific area within the kitchen.

A split-level island separates the food-prep area from the dining area. In addition, it ensures a subtle separation between cook(s) and guests.

In terms of function, a DACOR cooktop was installed with an oven beneath it instead of a traditional range since Deen expressed a preference for wall ovens. Leess and Kaufman accommodated her request by including a "tower of appliances" by DACOR: a microwave, warming drawer and wall oven. The duo also incorporated two DACOR dishwashers into the design, as well as several refrigerator and freezer drawers, a refrigerator/freezer and raised wine storage, all by Sub-Zero.

Lastly, "one of the nicest things about the kitchen is the Kohler faucets and sinks, which bring color into the room. The main sink, for example, features a warm, brick, rosy color Roussillon Red. It's paired with a beautiful brushed [bronze] faucet for a mellow, soft look," Leess point out. A satin bronze sink in the island also lends the same mellow, beautiful feel.

Wood flooring with a ceramic tile inset on the dining side of the island finishes the design.
In contrast, Alton Brown wanted something a little sleeker with instant accessibility to cooking items and tools, says Leess.

Using KraftMaid's Sedona Cherry in Cashmere on the bottom cabinets and KraftMaid's Sedona Maple in Pewter on the upper cabinets as the starting point, Leess and Kaufman devised an extended galley kitchen design with a peninsula that features an "unfussy" stainless and wood design a modern man's kitchen, notes Leess.

"He wanted accessibility, and he likes to see things right at hand, so we gave him a lot of wood-framed glass and open cabinetry," she says. To add that slick, clean, modern look, stainless steel inserts were also applied to several cabinets.
Continuing in that vein, Staron by Samsung countertops in Pebble Blue were applied throughout the kitchen. "I had it built up to be 2" thick to add chunkiness, and kept the edge simple, using just a right-angle edge. Drain channels were routed in next to the Poise undermount, double sink with beveled mirror edge by Kohler, and rods were incorporated into the counter next to the GE range," notes Leess.

Complementing the countertops is the Italian glass tile backsplash from Hastings in "a running bond pattern that I striped," notes Leess.

GE appliances, which include the free-standing range, a Monogram 36", side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, two dishwashers, built-in microwave and beverage center with glass door, round out the functionality. And, a 8-1/4"Wx43"L trough sink by Kohler that is approximately 6" deep installed in the peninsula can either be used for prep or filled with ice and cold drinks for guests.

Commercial laminate in Slate by Alloc completes the look.

Last is the bath inspired by the desires of funny lady Carol Burnett. "We asked her what things she wanted most in a bath, and she told us she would love a glass vessel sink and a fireplace placed near a soaking tub." In addition, her wish list included a glass steam shower and a lighted make-up vanity table.

Designing with all of that in mind, Leess and Kaufman devised a large, yet cozy, classic, yet slightly contemporary bath for Burnett in deep, rich and creamy tones. The duo started with an elegant cabinetry style in a dark stain on separate, furniture-style pieces from KraftMaid. Mandolay Cherry in Kahlua was used on the vanity, tall storage and TV armoire, and Mandolay Maple in Bisque was applied to the tub area.

The vanity features two levels, the first accommodating the Kohler Vessels spun-glass lav in aquamarine. Aqua-colored Patricia Bay quartz Silestone was paired with the sink. The second levels, on either side of the sink, feature cream-colored Capri Limestone quartz Silestone. This cream color surface was also applied to the tub deck.

A white ceramic diamond mosaic tile from Hastings was applied to all of the walls with Botticino marble accents, also from Hastings. And Hastings' Touchstone Gold limestone-look ceramic tile covers the floor. One-inch Hastings Botticino tiles were inlaid between the large tiles to create a lattice look, while polished 6" Noce marble tile from Hastings outlined the lattice look.

An Iron Works whirlpool tub in white, a MasterShower system in brushed chrome and a separate water closet with a white Leighton Comfort Height toilet, all offered by Kohler Co., round out the spa-like space.

The idea behind Bon Appetit's vignette dubbed "Experience Provence the Old and the New" was to reinterpret Old World style through the eyes of French Provencal design and marry it to modern amenities fit for a 21st century kitchen, says Sarah Belk King of Sarah Belk King Productions, Inc. in Richmond, VA.

King served as the project manager on the design, and worked with interior designer Vicki Jesse of MCS Design and Production in Richmond, VA, as well as with Yorktowne Cabinets and the company's master craftsman Eric Grim and in-house designer Andrea Woodall.

Indeed, King and Jesse showcased "the latest in design within a theme" in this vignette, whose focus was on family dining and entertaining. To convey this Old World French Provencal theme, the duo used lots of color seen in the warm, yellow ochre wall paint and the cabinetry, tile and accessories as well as in the unusual obtuse angle of the island, which lends both a quirky touch and high function to the space as it separates the main cooking area from the entertainment center/desk area. On the side that faces the TV, a built-in banquette covered in French-style fabric provides seating.

Taking a cue from Yorktowne Cabinets, the team started applying color in the "main cooking area [kitchen], where we used a vanilla color for the base and wall cabinets. Then, in the entertainment center area we used a 'cherry-ish' warm brown, and in the dining area we used Yorktowne's new color, Spruce, which looks like the underside of an olive leaf a cool, silvery color," says King.

Staggered wall cabinets and different drawer sizes add visual interest. Sóko hardware throughout the vignette's design adds a decorative touch to the cabinetry.

DuPont Zodiaq countertops which look just like granite with flecks of brown and gray lend a more modern edge to the French Provencal design.

Three Elkay sinks add both beauty and function to the space, comments King. For example, she says, an apron-style, single-bowl, stainless steel Elkay model is tapped for the kitchen's main sink, while an Elkay floor sink is seen in the porch/loggia area, serving both as an unexpected sculptural element and as a simple place to wash gardening tools.

Among the appliances that give the space function are two dishwashers, a Wolf range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and wine refrigerator, and several Küppersbusch USA products, which helped tip the design's modern edge, adds King. The Küppersbusch products include a wall oven, a built-in cappuccino maker and a built-in induction wok, which is "unexpected" in a Provence designscape because it is generally associated with Asian design and cooking. "It becomes a focal point in the island because of its sculptural beauty in a place where you would normally see a cooktop," King notes.