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The kitchen had been recently renovated, so the designer added just a few touches to tie the color palette into the rest of the home, opting for Calico’s Satori Zenith wallcovering behind the open shelving. The walnut-and-brass swivel counter chairs are by Bassam Fellows from Coup D’Etat.
WALL OF DREAMS
Airy open shelving, bleached white-oak tongue-and-groove paneling on the appliance fronts and Calacatta marble countertops from North Shore Stone balance opposing cabinetry painted in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black. The Kohler faucet, Allied Maker sconces, Lostine pendants and Summer Studio stools echo the casework finishes.
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
The kitchen’s open shelving allows for splendid vistas while displaying functional wares, plus pottery from 214 Modern Vintage in High Point, North Carolina. Keenan mixed in natural materials—white oak appears on the island base and adjacent breakfast room ceiling—to warm up the sunlit space. A dolomite marble backsplash juxtaposes white Namib marble countertops, which are joined by McGuire swivel counter stools.
Open shelving in the kitchen offers a place to display the homeowners’ collection of dishware and glassware. Behind is a wall of Statements Tile and, below, Caesarstone tops the cabinetry.
Designer Kati Curtis commissioned a steel shelving unit by KGBL to house her clients’ collection of vintage glassware in the kitchen. The pendant is by Visual Comfort.
Cabinetry and oak tongue-and-groove ceiling paneling by Escobar Enterprise lend a nautical feel to the pool cabana, as do the Deco-style Ralph Lauren chairs and vintage side table atop a Serena & Lily rug. The wet bar, with a Kohler faucet from Ferguson, is a one-stop spot for entertaining needs.
BRASS & GLASS
Sherwin-Williams Riverway brightens the bar area with its custom cabinetry, brass-and-glass shelves fabricated by Peck & Company and a metallic raffia wallcovering by Donghia.
Sherwin-Williams Foggy Day in high gloss coats the cabinetry and walls in the bar, which was converted from a large pool bath. The Hudson Valley Lighting lantern complements the Rohl faucet, and the shade fabric is Clay McLaurin Studio.
Taking advantage of the beautiful mountain sun, designer Michele Merz incorporated many materials that reflect and bounce back the light. The dining room’s bar, for example, is like a jewel box with an antique-style mirror backsplash, Cambria quartz countertops and a Brizo brass faucet.
When the family entertains, the walk-in wet bar located just off the dining room serves as a festive spot to mix libations. Playing off the patterned floor tiles and antique mirrored backsplash, designer Alexander Doherty swathed the millwork in Farrow & Ball’s cheeky Rectory Red.
Accents in Iron fabricated the butler’s pantry’s glass shelves with plated chrome and supplied the antiqued mirror that backs them. Bellasera Design fabricated the honed Taj Mahal quartzite countertop; art lights from Circa Lighting illuminate the barware.
THERE’S A PATTERN
Designer Alexandra Kaehler craved artwork in the butler’s pantry but was limited on space, so she did the next-best thing: Put a graphic motif by London-based designer Beata Heuman on the ceiling. A shimmering mosaic backsplash sourced from the Tile Bar is a light interlude from the jewel-toned cabinetry.
Natural white-oak cabinets by O’Brien Harris and Taj Mahal quartzite countertops lend the kitchen a modern slant. Conical pendants by Kelly Wearstler for Circa Lighting add a cool geometric accent over the island, and hanging shelves keep the interior space feeling remarkably open.