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FEB 2019

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designed by Stuart to produce an old world look; a curvy, over- sized hood that helps PB establish a French provincial vibe, and a wood hood that Clendenon had faux-painted copper. "I was convinced the kitchen needed a copper hood," she says. "The client didn't want to foot the costs of a custom copper hood, so I solved the problem with faux painting. It worked." AUTHENTIC ELEGANCE Hand-crafted materials add up to eye-catching pieces in the kitchen, according to Dole. "It could be an island created from reclaimed wood or a live-edge countertop," she says. "So dramat- ic, but even just designing cabinetry with feet rather than sitting on the floor works wonders. It takes on the look of furniture." In Palm Beach, FL, Malaga went all out creating a unique 1,400-sq.-ft. kitchen. Using sea glass, she designed one-of-a- kind backsplashes and also used glass, custom-painted with an abstract bamboo motif, to disguise a troublesome structural column. More glass, dramatically backlit, formed an island plus a retractable table for extra entertaining space. CUSTOM ALL THE WAY Homeowners rarely know what custom cabinetry is supposed to be, Trzcinski believes. They just hear the word "custom" and presume the product is special, he says, but of course that isn't so. There are inferior products out there billed as "cus- tom," so it behooves designers to understand the difference in order to offer their clients the best possible finished product. "A true custom cabinet facility is one that has no boundar- ies," he explains. "It can work with any wood species as well as metals, glass and more, and it can produce any design and finish. And then, of course, the designer should learn what true craftsmanship is. For example, a door finished by a mas- ter craftsman is refined and elegant, while a so-so finish tends to look like plastic." Range hoods also get showered with attention in artisanal kitchens and often become focal points. But the designers insist that you'll never find a design repeated in their portfolios at PB, Kitchen and Bath Concepts, In Detail or Rob Stuart Interiors. Some unique examples include a zinc-finished domed hood A custom range hood, open shelves and strong colors add an artistic vibe to this streamlined kitchen designed by In Detail. Glass plays a major role in this Palm Beach, FL kitchen designed by Sura Malaga. Hand-painted with a bamboo motif, it hides a struc- tural column and forms the island's top and backsplashes (at left). A backsplash of brown sea glass and touches of mandarin orange – including a wall faux-painted in a dragon skin pattern – create an Asiatic theme (below). Photo: Greg Riegler Photo: Chris Fay Photo: Chris Fay 58 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 STYLE ALERT

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