Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUL 2018

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JONES, OK — Contemporary homes aren't necessarily commonplace in Oklahoma. But that scarceness ultimately gave Brenda Helms and her clients the freedom to design the couple's new prairie-style home without any constraints or preconceived notions. "There isn't a lot of modern design happening in Oklahoma compared to the coasts, so we weren't bound by any expec- tations," says the co-owner/lead designer at Edmond Kitchen Bath Home, with locations in downtown Edmond and in Hahn Appliance in Oklahoma City. "We were able to design without inhibitions, ultimately arriving at a style best described as modern, warm and minimalistic." Working with an unencumbered slate, Helms and designers Megan Greve and Maureen Befort at Edmond Kitchen Bath Home were cognizant of keeping the kitchen simple, without over-de- signing it. As such, they focused on two import- ant objectives defined by their clients: handleless design and minimal wall cabinets. The elimination of hardware on the Jay Rambo custom cabinetry was achieved with Blum TIP-ON technology, where doors and drawers open with a light touch, Helms notes. A Nanotech finish resolved any concerns about fingerprints. "People need to be aware of fingerprints when there isn't any hardware," she says. "This matte finish doesn't show them, and it's very scrubbable, with self-healing properties as well." Advancements in appliance design also help kitchen/bath professionals achieve pro- gressively cleaner lines. For example, Helms included a Miele fully integrated dishwasher with hidden controls and Knock2open, which eliminates the need for a handle since the door opens automatically after knocking on it twice. Truly flush installation of white glass- front Miele ovens and a built-in coffee maker help these appliances meld seamlessly into the white cabinetry that surrounds them. In between, custom, oversized panels disguise the Thermador refrigerator/freezer columns, while a discreet C-channel allows access to their contents. "We often see clean, sleek designs interrupt- ed by appliance pulls," says the designer. "It can be difficult to find solutions. But a lot of things are coming together as far as technology and innovations within the kitchen and bath indus- try that can now really help designers create a truly modern kitchen." Prairie Home Kitchen Defies Expectations BY KIM BERNDTSON At its core, this kitchen is contemporary/modern, but with limited role models, it needn't conform to any previously defined design ideas. Photos: David Cobb Photography 'IRON' BACKSPLASH Ties together the color palette of neutrals from white to black and brown WALNUT ACCENTS Warms up the space, providing a balance with the white cabinetry and walls HANDLELESS CABINETRY Promotes a clean, sleek, modern design aesthetic 32 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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