Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2018

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"I was very blessed that she is an artist," he says. "She has a very creative side and had very succinct ideas about what she wanted to include in the island, as well as the rest of the kitchen." An important goal of the island's design was that it be the focal point of the kitchen, as well as that it resemble a piece of old Southwest furniture that would blend well with other Southwest items she collects. To draw attention, the designer sheathed the island with a vibrant turquoise hue, which was hand applied and distressed in the field by an artist friend of Noyes' client who specializes in faux finishes. The combination of blues and greens also ties it to the imported, handmade Mexican tile that serves as a backsplash for the nearby bar. "She wanted it to look aged, like it had been sitting out in the weather for eons," he says. To facilitate the look, the designer chose knotty pine as the island's base. "It distresses easily," notes Noyes. "Also, when you consider Southwest furniture, a lot of it is some type of pine. Pine also matches with a lot of other furniture she has throughout the house." Additional aesthetic elements include wooden columns at the 'formal' end of the island, which mimic legs of an old trestle table. At the opposite end, Noyes created an arched niche where his client can display art, rotating it based on season or mood. "The arch replicates several other archways used through- out the house," he says. Utilizing the same tile as what is used in the bar ties the elements together and provides a scratch-resistant surface. Adding lights gives special focus to the art. While aesthetics were important to the design, function was needed as well. As such, Noyes strategically located the microwave drawer and cooktop and added a wide-plank hardwood countertop. To address storage needs, he designed Bright turquoise immediately draws attention to the custom island in this kitchen designed by Clint Noyes. Its knotty pine base was distressed to give it an aged look. Function was also addressed with the inclusion of plenty of storage, including doors/shelves on one side and drawers on the other. Photos: Gregg Krogstad, Krogstad Photography 82 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018 ISLAND PORTFOLIO

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