Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2019

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simultaneously built a new home next door that ultimately il- lustrated differences – and similarities – between generations. In the kitchen, the 40-something client and her design team at Kitchen & Bath Cottage grounded the space with relatively traditional white cabinetry that she accented with an on-trend charcoal gray island. A few surprises are sprinkled throughout, such as oval mullions that are used on the ends of the outer island cabinetry and on the refrigerator panels, the latter of which are accented with a mirrored background. The inspiration for the oval motifs came from some antique doors the client wanted to use as entry to her walk-in pantry, the designer notes. "Our client provided several sets of antique doors that she wanted to use throughout her home," she says, adding that antique doors are also used as entry to her master closet, accessed from her bathroom. "She stepped out of the box a bit when her interior designer [Kori Shurley of KS Design] came up with the concept to mimic the oval motif on the island and refrigerator. It's refreshing." Stanfield also indicates that clients in their 40s can be a bit more adventurous compared to more mature clients because they aren't necessarily thinking as long term, and their current projects likely aren't their last. "They are less afraid to go bold with a backsplash tile or colored cabinetry…something that will make a statement," she states. "These clients are in a stage of their lives where they're buying their first or second home," she says. "They are plan- ning for their kids and maybe a home office. But they are also looking at adding a guest room or ADU (accessory dwelling unit) that can accommodate aging parents who may need assistance or that can provide additional income as a rental." THE 40s Like 30-somethings, people in their 40s tend to be influenced by TV, social media and design sites such as Houzz, notes Katie Stanfield, designer, Kitchen & Bath Cottage, in Shreveport, LA. "They are driven by trends and what look is current," she says. These days, that means a lot of transitional design, often showcasing white, Shaker-style cabinetry. However, Stanfield indicates that clients in this age group can also surprise her when they decide to branch out from what is deemed 'normal' by these influences. "That's always refreshing and exciting," she says. Such was the case with a recent new-construction home that combines traditional design with hints of modern touch- es. "She didn't want a completely traditional home, so she in- corporated some sleek elements and décor to create a balance," she notes, adding that, overall, it proved to be an interesting project because the client's parents, who are in their 60s, When Kitchen & Bath Cottage took on the design and construction of two custom homes for a 40-something client and her 60-something parents, built simultaneously in collaboration with Ben Patterson (architect) and Terry M. Elston (builder), the daughter's kitchen incorporated a few surprise elements, like the oval mullions included on the ends of one of the islands and in the mirrored refrigerator panels. Inspiration for the oval motifs came from some antique doors the client wanted to use as the entry to her walk-in pantry. Designer Katie Stanfield also included more contemporary material choices, such as geometric backsplash tile with gold metal inlay in the butler's pantry. Photo: Eric Elberson Photo: Sarah Baker 40 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2019 GENERATIONAL DESIGN

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