Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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SANTA FE, NM — There's an undeniable warmth that radiates from the walnut cabinetry in this Santa Fe kitchen. However, its existence wasn't always a certainty given the fact that, early on in the design process, Erica Ortiz Berke's clients were considering cabinetry at the opposite end of the color spectrum. "There was a lot of conversation about white cabinetry," says the principal/designer, Neubleu Interior Design, in Santa Fe, who worked in collaboration with True North Builders for the new-construction home. "My clients felt it was 'safe' and everyone kept telling them to do white. But when I told them they didn't have to do white, they seemed quite relieved!" The Sierra Woods Cabinets walnut cab- inetry, custom crafted locally, fulfills a wish for both contemporary and traditional design elements, with the wood species meeting the former and the flat-panel door style achieving the latter. Choosing to use the same cabinetry throughout the space – including panels that conceal several appliances, such as the Thermador refrigerator and dishwasher – keeps it from becoming too busy, providing a relatively subtle foundation for an abundance of eye-catching elements, not the least of which is the focal-point La Cornue range and matching ventilation hood. "Outside the kitchen window is a swim- ming pool with a beautiful water feature," says Berke. "But no matter which way you cut it, the stove takes the cake. It's dramatic, and its color is a huge contrast with the walnut around it." The Roquefort hue that sheaths the range and hood was chosen, in part, to coordinate with the blue/gray veins that swirl amongst various shades of gold, copper and brown within the adjoining Stonewood quartzite. Berke used a single slab of the natural stone as a backsplash to accent the range, repeating it as the island countertop. Both slabs are given an opportunity to shine because of the 'quieter' Taj Mahal quartzite that serves as the perimeter countertops and backsplash. COLORFUL INFLUENCERS Another vibrant element within the space is the clients' artwork, which ultimately influenced many of the design decisions made for the en- tire home. Several pieces are showcased behind glass in illuminated upper cabinets in the kitch- en, while others are interspersed throughout the rest of the home. "There is a really vibrant piece in the kitch- en nook that pulls out some of the color in the Stonewood quartzite," she says. "The bar also features a colorful backsplash based on artwork that would be displayed in the space, and the powder bath was painted red because my client needed color." Many pieces in the collection were created by the client's father, who was an artist. "For a period of time when he was younger, he lived in San Miguel de Allende [Mexico] where he lived the full artist lifestyle," Berke says. "Other pieces are collected from all over the world, including South Africa, Australia and the New Kitchen Boasts Striking Details BY KIM BERNDTSON A focal-point, high-end range and dramatic backsplash combined with colorful artwork garner immediate attention, while a wealth of well-thought-out details complete the kitchen. DRAMATIC QUARTZITE Serves as a focal point for the cooking wall WALNUT CABINETRY Offers a subtle foundation for eye-catching elements HAND-CHISELED BEAMS Add refinement and sophistication Photos: Lee Klopfer 36 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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