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"Any collection will make a kitchen special," adds Clendenon. "Some clients have beautiful plates or barware to die for or gorgeous cookware. By all means, incorporate it in the design. We remodeled a 100-year-old home for a couple of serious cooks. That meant a 48" stove, a custom copper hood, backsplashes of classic Calcutta gold marble tiles and, naturally, their prized collection of cookware. We hung that collection from the ceiling, making it an appropriate focal point for the room. "So good cookware is a natural kitchen accessory," she continues. "But go for the unique, too. I once used a ship's figurehead, an eBay gem, as a corbel for a kitchen island." Stuart agrees, stating, "I once saw an antique upholstered door. It was posh and interesting, so when I encountered a house that called for some yesteryear charm, I had a butler's pantry door upholstered in black leather. This is the sort of thing that adds personality to a space. Remember, an artisanal kitchen may seem like a challenge, but it's also an opportunity to do the unexpected, and let the imagination roam." ▪ "I was inspired by the home's marvelous sea views and the owners' fondness of Asiatic culture," she tells. Consequently, in the adjoining pantry, she had a wall faux-painted in a drag- on skin pattern. The color, of course, was mandarin orange. A complete contrast was seen in a kitchen she designed for a couple enamored by everything streamlined and industrial. "We made sure this very contemporary home's roof trusses became part of the kitchen design," she notes. "Light-colored maple cab- inetry contrasted marvelously with the dark trusses overhead." COLLECTIONS COUNT Today, designers say, kitchens are often inspired by the home- owners' collections. "I loved the New York couple who collected art objects on their travels," states Rob Stuart. "The objects weren't necessar- ily expensive treasures, but they had meaning for them, and they wanted me to incorporate them in their new kitchen. So I designed open shelves that would hold these mementos. It made the kitchen unique." Florida designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon believes in kitchen cabi- netry with furniture details, such as this base cabinet featuring feet rather than sitting on the floor. [top middle] Here a custom flatware container manufactured by Premier Custom-Built contributes to an artisanal kitchen's beauty, as seen in this kitchen designed by PB Kitchen Design. [middle] A handmade pewter apron sink gives character to this kitchen designed by PB Kitchens. [top right] An upholstered door adds British brio to a butler's pantry designed by Rob Stuart Interiors. A cluster of heirloom cookware becomes a focal point in a kitchen in a historic Alabama home, updated by Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Details. [far right] A ship's antique figurehead becomes a unique corbel in this Florida kitchen designed by Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail. Photo: Greg Riegler Photo: Donna Dotan Photo: Bruce Van Inwegen Photo: Bruce Van Inwegen Photo: Greg Riegler Photo: Greg Riegler February 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 59

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