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OCT 2018

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United Kingdom. Early on in my client's career, the couple lived in South Africa where he was a geologist. They also have quite a collection of Native American artwork because they have been coming to Santa Fe for years before mov- ing here last year. "They have lived an incredible life and I think that comes through in their collection," she adds. "The colors, the vibe…both played a role in the design of not only the kitchen, but of every room of the house." FINISHING DETAILS The focal-point range and the colorful artwork may garner initial attention, but more subtle details complete the space. For example, the Blanco farmhouse sink is highlighted by a Kohler faucet that offers a mix of contemporary and traditional with a bit of industrial style. "All the key notes," she says. Lighting – which consists of uplighting, undercabinet lighting, can lights, a skylight and a conscious omission of pendants – was kept simple to eliminate any 'busyness.' Additionally, the quartersawn, rift-cut white oak floor provides a durable surface underfoot, while the hand-chiseled Douglas fir beams above create a coffered ceiling. "The beams add an architectural element and are a bit more refined and sophisticated than tongue-and-groove ceilings often seen in Santa Fe homes," Berke explains. "When you're in the space, they make it feel really warm and inviting." Cabinet hardware and cabinet organization- al features were additional details that proved critical to aesthetics as well as function. "These homeowners were very involved in every detail," she says. "For instance, every piece of hardware…every knob and pull…they put their hands on to see if it felt right. We spent a lot of time selecting hardware, but that level of involvement – with every design element – gave them a home that is a true reflection of them." After much debate and discussion, as well as a reluctance to spend $17,000 on hardware they initially fell in love with, the homeown- ers chose Forged 3 Du Verre The Hardware Co. knobs and pulls in a Satin Nickel finish. Berke complemented them with Hardware Renaissance pulls in a Bronze finish for the refrigerator. "They offered the right scale and finish," she says, noting that their live finish will bright- en over time in any areas touched by hands. "I think it's okay to mix hardware. Not everything has to match. It just needs to be curated." Berke also focused on enhancing func- tionality by maximizing cabinet storage and organization. "I wasn't able to change the layout, so there wasn't a lot of maneuvering to optimize flow," she says in reference to the home's architec- ture, appliance locations and her clients' pref- erence for a symmetrical aesthetic as it related to cabinetry, double-oven tower, etc. "But I did fine-tune the layout by determining what would be drawers, what would be pullouts, what would be glass, what would be lit, etc. to make the kitchen more functional." The inclusion of a large pantry in close prox- imity to the kitchen also helps maximize storage. "It includes a coffee bar as well as more cab- inetry," she says. "They can store everything for cooking and prepping in the kitchen and use the pantry for food and non-perishables. It also keeps countertop appliances out of sight. This kitchen isn't tremendously large, so it was important to make sure it would be highly functional." ▪ WINE ROOM ADDS BEAUTY & DRAMA As avid wine collectors, Erica Ortiz Berke's cli- ents were encouraged to turn a space initially slated for storage into a climate-controlled wine cellar. "Originally we were trying to fit a wine refrigerator into the bar," she says. "But this storage-closet-turned-wine-cellar is a much better use of space. It's highly functional and beautiful as well." Walnut storage cubes and shelves, as well as the quartersawn, rift-cut white oak floor, echo elements used in the kitchen. However, the Blue Marine quartzite that sheaths the back wall steals the show. "It's stunning!" she says. "The colors are so rich and deep. This room, although small, serves as a dramatic end to the hallway, which is lined floor-to-ceiling with bookshelves on one side and framed world maps on the other." The La Cornue range and matching hood take center stage in the kitchen. Their Roquefort hue was chosen, in part, to coordinate with the blue/gray veins that swirl amongst various shades of gold, copper and brown within the Stonewood quartzite backsplash. The clients' artwork adds color to the space and ultimately influenced many of the design decisions made for the entire home. 38 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY

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