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JUL 2019

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With its relaxed attitude and thoughtful mix of textures and colors, it typies New Traditional, notes Deane. Rebekah Zavelo, director of design for Kitchen Lab Interiors in Chicago, IL, says that New Traditional is dening a look that a lot of people don't even realize that they fall into. "All they know is that they want a warm, lived-in feel to their kitchen without it being old-fashioned or stuy." "We're seeing a lot of traditional cabinetry, furniture-style cabinetry and stained cabinetry mixed with painted white," continues Zavelo, who is part of the National Kitchen & Bath Association's Insider program. "But we're mixing it with more modern lighting, stools, faucets and sinks. Tile and hardware are sort of the bridge that connects classic and modern fea- tures," she maintains. However, she feels that it's wrong to assume that new and old are mixed evenly. "I really think that we're putting a more modern twist on traditional rather than the other way around," she says. "But perhaps that's because our rm's specialty is working in older homes. That said, we're taking the same approach with a new-construction project we're working on right now." Zavelo 's perception that modern surpasses classic in the mix termed New Traditional isn't wrong. Most designers do lean more toward new elements, a natural reaction since kitchens do need to be functional and incorporate technology, plus it's important to convert dark, older rooms into light, airy spaces. The long and the short of it is that a little traditional goes a long way. Remember Mick De Giulio's antique palazzo? Its new kitchen is percent modern, percent antique, but it works perfectly for a palazzo built hundreds of years ago. ▪ ENTERTAINING SPACES As Peter Deane, a third-generation Connecticut designer, sees it, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and the blend of tradi- tion and modernity oered by New Traditional suits it to a T. "A warm, welcoming place with lots of space for friends and family to hang out in is what so many of our clients ask for," tells Deane, head of Deane Design of Stamford and New Canaan, CT. "Often, this means that we travel way beyond our basic market area to design kitchens in vacation homes all along the Eastern seaboard." In a waterfront home in the Hamptons, Deane designed the space to take advantage of stunning water views and provide a full working kitchen as well as ample seating for relaxed entertaining. Deane kept the original window walls, but recon- gured the space to feature a galley kitchen with a long island and a gray custom banquette with two tables. Durable mitered honed quartz countertops contrast with dark walnut tabletops. Peter Deane of Deane Design kept the original window wall when he redesigned this vacation house kitchen, but he reconfigured the space for function with lots of space for hanging out. Open shelves on a white-tiled wall create an open, airy look in an older home remodeled by Rebekah Zavelo• of KitchenLab Interiors. The island adds furniture details, and the wood contrasts warmly with white walls and countertops. Photo: Paul Johnson Photo: Michael Kaskel Photography 36 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2019 STYLE ALERT

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