- Jennifer Rowe, CKD, Kitchens Etc. in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, worked with the homeowners to pull together the kitchen design of this Alys Beach home, which was a runner-up winner in Thermador’s 2012 Kitchen Design Challenge in the traditional/transitional category.
- Custom and semi-custom cabinetry from Omega and Dynasty Cabinetry is featured in contrasting colors. A custom charcoal gray sheaths the hutch, refrigerator/freezer panels and tall cabinetry and is contrasted with pearl white cabinetry, islands and desk area.
- The homeowners, who are avid cooks, requested an abundance of Thermador and KitchenAid appliances, some of which are concealed behind wood fronts to keep the space from looking too commercial.
- Special features of the kitchen include the refrigerator/freezer hardware, which was acquired by the homeowners while on a vacation, as well as the hutch. A pot hanger, suspended above the cooktop, enhances aesthetics and allows for easy access to pots and pans.
Alys Beach, FL — Gray is currently the hot new color trend. It’s everywhere – in cabinetry, on walls and in countertops.
But when Jennifer Rowe’s client approached her about adding gray to her kitchen last year, the CKD and manager of Kitchens Etc. in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, had to do it with a custom color. “She was before her time,” says the designer, “before gray was ‘the’ color to have.”
The dark tones of the warm charcoal color – which sheath the hutch, refrigerator and freezer panels and tall cabinetry – play well against the pearl white maple cabinetry from Omega Cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen as well as with the stainless oval mesh backsplash, Caesarstone countertop and stainless appliances. They also set off the kitchen’s multiple islands and adjacent desk area and complement the Brazilian hardwood cherry flooring, which was hand-scraped and distressed.
“My clients were very knowledgeable about what they wanted,” says Rowe, a 30-year kitchen/bath design veteran. “They knew about brands, styles, products, etc. I worked with them to pull their ideas together so they could realize the home of their dreams."
Dual islands, dual functions
The kitchen is part of a new construction home in the Gulf Coast community of Alys Beach, a luxury living community with a distinct Mediterranean flair. Its transitional styling is carried throughout the home, including into the TV area, which opens to the kitchen and features the same warm charcoal-colored cabinetry. “It’s a very open, spacious home,” she notes, with chic, upscale features.
The kitchen’s large footprint, as well as its multi-level ceiling height and the clients’ desire for an abundance of appliances, created some challenges. The large footprint was addressed by incorporating two islands. One supplies plentiful seating for eight. The second, an L-shaped design, offers a lavish amount of work space, complete with two Houzer sinks and two cooktops (one for cooking and one for grilling). Both islands are topped with 3cm-thick Blizzard Caesarstone countertops that blend seamlessly with the cabinetry.
The appliances – which include double ovens, a warming drawer, microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher, gas cooktop with separate griddle and a column refrigerator and freezer from Thermador, as well as refrigerator drawers, dishwasher drawers, a compactor and an ice machine from KitchenAid – are concealed behind wood panels where possible.
“The homeowner loves to cook,” says the designer, with regard to the wealth of appliances. “But, she didn’t want her kitchen to look too commercial, so some of the appliances are integrated and hidden behind wood fronts.”
The multi-level ceiling is 10 feet high in one section and two stories tall in the other. Along one wall, a series of windows fills the space above the hutch and cabinetry, which are accented with mullion doors. This allows an abundance of natural light to fill the space.
Accent and task lighting is provided by undercabinet lighting, interior cabinet lighting, recessed can lighting and three 18" Piattini large-diameter glass pendant lights that are accented with Swarovski crystals and suspended from the two-story ceiling.
Special features of the space include the refrigerator/freezer hardware, which was acquired by the homeowners while on a vacation, as well as the hutch where the client displays her collection of white dishes and accent pieces. A pot hanger, suspended above the cooktop, enhances the aesthetic and provides easy access to pots and pans.