USA Kitchen Trends US Kitchen Trends Vol. 30/09 - Page 42

Above: A butler’s pantry provides additional storage and work space. Facing page: The granite on the countertops was honed to avoid a modern, reflective look. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Tim Maloney resources & more images 45049 at 40 The cabinets have a frame and panel door design – the recessed panels have a little extra detailing that elevates them above the ordinary. For added interest, the end of the island also features boards that give the appearance of tongue-and-groove panels, while the corners feature pilasters evocative of fine furniture. The steel-reinforced granite countertop is cantilevered to provide space for bar stools. Sliding wicker vegetable baskets help to lighten the visual mass of the island, and provide storage for onions and potatoes. The mass of the overhead cabinets is relieved by several display search | save | share at cabinets and traditional plate racks. The kitchen also features a custom-designed range hood with a handcrafted wood mantel and decorative limestone corbels by Francois & Company. The limestone wall tiles that create a backsplash right around the kitchen have been laid in a harlequin pattern to avoid the linear look that would have been created if they were laid in a regular, horizontal configuration. All the kitchen cabinets have custom drawer inserts, full-extension and soft-close systems. There is also a separate butler’s pantry with extra storage, a sink and dishwasher.