Westeroth also relied on repetition of elements to enhance the design. The table attached to the island features a repetition of tapered leg supports. Above it, three pendant lights create a pleasing rhythm. A highly polished light bridge suspended above the island mirrors its shape, while the slate tile insert below it reflects the same shape and grounds the island within the large space.
The designer also incorporated countertop materials that provide visual interest, such as high-gloss Typhoon Bordeaux granite, maple butcher block and brushed stainless steel. Backsplash tiles, including 1"x8" Interstyle Watercolor etched glass tile and 5/8"x4" Saltillo Imports stainless steel tile enhance the sense of tranquility, as does the steel ventilation hood, custom designed by XTC Design. “It is designed with a delicate, arched canopy to soften the sharp lines of this area,” she notes.
Avid cooks, the homeowners requested an extensive, diversified appliance wish list, including a Wolf microwave, oven, six-burner gas range top, deep fryer, convection steam oven and warming drawer. A full-size Fisher & Paykel dishwasher is complemented with dual dishwasher drawers. A Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine chiller, and a Miele built-in coffee center and cup warmer round out the appliances, several of which are outlined in thick, stainless steel panels. Dual Blanco Performa sinks are accented with Grohe K4 fixtures.
“My clients wanted a comfortable kitchen,” she says. “They wanted a space that is neat and organized, where everything has its place and where it functions as well as it looks.”