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Walden says that although this is a new house, designed by architect Thomas Stimpert, it has all the character and charm you would find in a much older rustic, ranch house. “The home is on a large property that is essentially a horse-riding ranch, and the owners wanted a character home in the old tradition,” he says. “The kitchen, for example, is at one end of a large great room with a huge fireplace. It’s the gathering place for the entire family.” In keeping with the theme, the design team chose handcrafted white hemlock cabinets – the wood was sourced locally, but it mimics the look of older European and Scandinavian pine cabinets from centuries past. “The wood has small tight knots and has been given an aged finish to enhance the character,” the designer says. “However, at the same time, the owners wanted to introduce a more refined, classical look to the crown mouldings. So the detailing is more sophisticated than you would expect in such a kitchen, yet these features have been rendered in a casual fashion, with a distressed finish that softens the look. The owners didn’t want the kitchen to become a precious thing, not to be touched.” Above left: Aged wood beams and distressed white hemlock cabinetry enhance the rustic appeal of this new ranch house in Sonoma County, CA. The kitchen, designed by Neal Walden of Walden & Company, also features a custom range hood with decorative wood mantel supported by concrete corbels. Above: The floors throughout the kitchen and great room feature reclaimed white oak that is in keeping with the old-world character. search | save | share at 39