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JUL 2019

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tradition has to be balanced with modern features, and we also need to incorporate artful design and beautiful materials to create an environment that's distinctive and personal." He calls New Traditional a very American concept and, like Steven Cooper, he loves the way the style makes room for regional inuences. "We aren't just the Old South," he notes. "We are also coastal, and that means a lot of unique design interpretations. For example, recently a client wanted her new kitchen to be both modern and coastal. She loved shiplap. So she got a kitch- en that blends sleek lines, white countertops, white marble, ultra-contemporary lighting and a wall entirely lined with ship- lap cabinetry. The shiplap also covers the range hood. The pale shiplap adds warmth and texture to those white surfaces, but the vibe of the room is distinctly contemporary." replacing one of them with French doors to bathe the space with light and provide easy access to al fresco dining on the adjoining terrace. Glass-fronted stainless steel storage and pol- ished lacquer cabinetry provide lots of function and a modern vibe while antique cast iron doors retained from the original kitchen are charming bridges to the past. In a Minnesota vacation home, De Giulio was inspired by awesome lake views and Frank Lloyd Wright to create a kitch- en that soars feet. To draw the eye downward, he designed a datum of lowered and lighted architectural planes around the perimeter. A mix of materials, including dark woods, quartzite and metals, create warmth, while large, hanging pendants provide a sense of intimacy. Those pendants, by the way, were inspired by Dutch tractor lights – a nod to the client's businesses. STYLE ELEMENTS What are the distinguishing elements of New Traditional? Sarah Robertson of Studio Dearborn in Mamaroneck, NY nds warmer colors eective, especially pale grays and blues, and she loves tile because of its myriad patterns and colors. "It can be modern or old, quiet or dramatic," she says. "Tile an entire wall and perhaps the range hood, as well. That creates a sleek, airy look, which I think is especially important when you want to update an older home. Floating open shelves work, too. In one project, we departed from the side-by-side refrigerator idea, placing the freezer in the island instead. That provided a less bulky prole. Plus, I think that technology should be as invisible as possible." Cabinetry with furniture details is another strategy em- ployed by many designers, but don't overdo it, warns Dybdahl. It can get clunky, he says, and that's not what people want from New Traditional. Bryan Reiss, of Distinctive Designs of Mount Pleasant Beach, SC agrees. "Traditional elements are cherished in our area. After all, Charleston is an iconic, historic town. But the Sarah Robertson of Studio Dearborn brings new life to an antique farm kitch- en, but respects the room's roots with soft gray cabinetry, a classic range and hood and a wood table extending from the island. Photo: Adam Kane Macchia Photo: E. Bea Photography Shiplap, a traditional, coastal design element, warms a contem- porary kitchen designed by Bryan Reiss of Distinctive Designs. The ship- lap covers a wall of cabinetry as well as the range hood. July 2019 • 35

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