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AUG 2018

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ROWAYTON, CT — Karen Berkemeyer and Leslie Dunn often work together to create their clients' dream kitchens and baths, with the former focusing on kitchen/bath design skills and the latter incorporating interior de- sign touches for their respective companies of Karen Berkemeyer Home in Westport, CT, and Dunn Designs in Norwalk, CT. This kitchen, along with the master bath and a guest bath, was no exception…however, this time the re- sultant collaboration was showcased in Dunn's personal residence. "We work really well together," says Berkemeyer, noting a mutual respect for each other's talents, which makes for great collaborations. "As a kitchen and bath designer, I focus on making sure these spaces technically and functionally work correctly. Partnering with another professional, such as an interior designer, gives clients the best of two worlds since multiple people are working on the same project. I love working with Leslie because she is so creative and has great taste. She is espe- cially talented and creative with paint." CONTRASTING COLOR Paint, at opposite ends of the color spectrum, is a focus of Dunn's kitchen, where the bright white island is contrasted with dark black perim- eter cabinets. "The use of color – combined with very sim- ple cabinet door styles, which are a great choice for today's kitchens – makes this design stand out," says Berkemeyer. Black perimeter cabinets served as the starting point for color. "She really wanted to do black cabinets," Berkemeyer indicates. As a contrast, the island was designed to look like a table that Dunn found, notes the designer. "Island and perimeter cabinets don't necessarily have to match in cabinet style or color," she says. "In fact, when done well, like in this kitchen, having them not match shows a lot of creativity and makes for an interesting design." Keeping cabinet styles simple is the key to making a 'mismatch' work, says the designer in reference to the flat-panel, flush-inset Wood- Mode perimeter cabinets and full-overlay, shallow-cut, Shaker-style Signature Custom Cabinetry cabinets on the island. Both are sheathed with custom colors selected by Dunn. Collaboration Transforms Kitchen BY KIM BERNDTSON A kitchen and bath designer and interior designer combine their talents, showcasing a simple cabinet design style with contrasting colors for the latter's own residence. Photos: Tim Lenz; Tim Lenz Photo BLACK PERIMETER CABINETS Provide a contrast to the white island DEEP BLUE WINDOW TRIM Adds an unexpected design element WHITE ISLAND Designed to resemble a 'found' desk 34 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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