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AUG 2018

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Kitchens Under $100,000 Mastering Mid-Century LAUREN TOLLES Maison Birmingham, Birmingham, MI As if updating the kitchen in this authentic Mid- Century Modern home while maintaining its original character wasn't challenging enough, Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham also needed to make an open-floor plan work with- in the space. Balancing new materials and tones with an abundance of existing wood elements also tested her design and architectural skills. Removing walls between the kitchen, dining room and living room to create an open area to house the 360-sq.-ft. kitchen pre- sented an immediate challenge, when it was noted that some areas of the original tongue and groove ceiling had aged much differently than the rest of the ceiling. Rather than stain the areas and cause them to age differently, Tolles opted to apply oil to darken the wood so that it will all continue to age at the same pace. To brighten the space, custom cabinetry in White Matte Lacquer from Artcraft Kitchens was used beneath a bank of windows as well as on the island. Caesarstone Pure White quartz tops both the cabinets and the island. The Miele dishwasher, Kallista Soltiere sink and Newport Brass East Linear faucet in Satin Brass sit below the window wall, which provides a spectac- ular view of the outdoor greenery. Across in the island, an oiled walnut butcherblock from Grothouse provides an area for chopping and prepping food. Next to it, a Wolf gas range with downdraft offers ample cook- ing space. Tolles notes that keeping the island and perimeter base cabinet finishes the same made the space feel more open, and presented the opportunity to create a dark focal wall for the refrigerator and pantry. Indeed, a perpendicular wall, finished in custom Anthracite Matte Lacquer cabinets from Artcraft Kitchens, provides a striking yet subtle contrast with the white and wood. The wall incorporates pantry storage with microwave, as well as a Sub- Zero refrigerator. Colonial Bronze Edge Pulls are featured on all the cabinetry. SILVER Photos: Boswell Hardwick 58 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018

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