As part of the renovation of a Tudor–style residence in Atlanta, Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning of design firm GordonDunning imagined not one, but two kitchens for a couple with a young child. The initial plan was to simply relocate the space—situated near the pool area—to a more central, family–friendly area of the home, but, in the end, the couple decided that having a second kitchen and bar area for entertaining made more sense for their lifestyle. As such, the designers reconfigured the layout, added paneling and painted the cabinetry, walls and ceiling a deep green shade.
“This cozy English bar moment is an homage to the home’s architecture,” Gordon says. “There’s a den and fireplace nearby, so it feels like the right part of the house to give you a hug before going out into the sunshine.” Meanwhile, the original living area was reworked to seamlessly flow into a new main kitchen. “Because you can see the space from the living room, we wanted it to be clean and beautiful,” Gordon explains, adding, “the wife is very chic, and the barstools are a nod to her love of French style.”
In fact, the client’s main requirement was a Lacanche range from France. Allowing it to take center stage, all other appliances are paneled, including the vent hood and walk–in pantry hidden behind what appears to be cabinet doors making for an airy, streamlined aesthetic. gordondunning.com