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AUG 2017

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Kelly topped the perimeter's base cabinets with Caesarstone Blizzard quartz and added a raised peninsula for seating in the kitchen. Its fresh, white color allows the room's other colors and design elements to 'speak.' "It plays off the clouds that rapidly move through the Intracoastal area as well as white caps created in the water on breezy days," he says, adding that it also offers the slightest bit of texture. The designer created custom 2.5"-thick countertops that feature a beveled edge to give them a heavier presence, which was import- ant given the room's relatively low ceiling height. "The stronger band at a horizontal level also leads your eye to the water," he notes. "Additionally, the peninsula countertop is the break line for where you look out to the water from the kitchen. We wanted it to seem like the water was running over the countertop." To support the additional weight of the heavy peninsula countertop, Kelly used Federal Brace Liberty Support brackets, which add invisible structural support without added bulk. "We couldn't have done this design without those supports," he says, noting the dreamy air of the kitchen could have been diminished with a clunky or bold support. Tesoro Chalet Arctic White floor tile mimics the color of the sandy beach and fulfills the designer's wish for something natural that wouldn't compete with other elements in the kitchen or living areas. "We looked at a lot of different tile samples," he explains. "We actu- ally took the final choices down to the beach, selecting the one that best matched its color." Additional natural elements include Lucia Lighting pendants above the peninsula, which are crafted from seashells that remind the homeowners of the numerous shells that wash ashore and onto the beach. They are comple- mented with a light, airy shell and alabaster chandelier that hovers over the blue beach glass dining table the homeowners imported from Europe. Rippled Glazzio glass tile in a wave pattern serves as the backsplash and is reminis- cent of the water in both color and texture. "We really wanted to incorporate the rea- sons they bought this home into the new space so they can enjoy those elements inside every day," he states. ENHANCING FUNCTIONALITY Because the homeowners are avid cooks and enjoy entertaining guests, Kelly also focused on functionality, ensuring appropriate work zones, storage and traffic flow within the new kitchen footprint. He included Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances – including a 48" refrigerator, multiple convection/steam ovens, a micro- wave drawer and a suite of Wolf countertop appliances – placing them relatively close together for swift, easy transitions during preparation or cooking. An Asko dishwasher provides for easy cleanup while a Best ventila- tion hood exhausts kitchen fumes. "We incorporated several stations that allow for traffic flow and help guide people through the space, subconsciously directing them where to walk," he says. "A wide aisle leads from the front door straight to the water, and the sink and cleanup area is tucked into the corner." Along one side of the aisle, Kelly added a tall pantry to enhance bulk storage needs and complement special cabinetry and open shelving for tableware, special cookbooks and decorative kitchen accessories. Adding reeded glass doors from Ambiance Doors opens up the design. Repeating the glass in several cabinets in the main kitchen area ties the spaces together. "She can walk into the kitchen from the garage, set groceries on the countertop and easily unload everything into the pantry and refrigerator," he says. "Their new living spaces, including the kitchen, dining room and family room, give a true living experience where the homeowners, along with their two sons, can enjoy the view and be in the same space…with- out bumping into each other." ▪ Because Kelly's clients are avid cooks and enjoy entertaining guests, the designer included Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, placing them relatively close together for swift, easy transitions during preparation or cooking. Kelly added a tall pantry to take care of bulk storage needs and complement special cabinetry and open shelving for tableware, special cookbooks and decorative kitchen accessories. Adding reeded glass doors opens up the design. August 2017 • KitchenBathDesign.com 37

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