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AUG 2019

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Ocean Inspired ARMINA KASPROWICZ Armina Interiors, Rochester Hills, MI With this project, Armina Kasprowicz of Armina Interiors got to turn a tragedy into a treasure. Located in beautiful Key Largo, FL, this home was ravaged by Hurricane Irma, resulting in severe fire and water damage to the entire structure. The home was essentially gutted and completely reimagined by Kasprowicz, going from traditional French Provincial and Tuscan influences to modern, bright and fun. The original closed-off and dark design gave way to open spac- es for entertaining, with larger windows and access to the exterior that allowed the sun to shine in. The goal was to create indoor and outdoor spaces that were connected, open and inviting. Time was of great importance, as this family wanted to move in as quickly as possible, notes Kasprowicz. For the kitchen, five tile crews worked around the clock to meet the timetable. Laminam porcelain slabs are used throughout the kitchen for countertops and backsplashes, while the floor tile is from Unicom Starker. Tile was used in the surfacing, as it is water and fire resistant, notes the designer, and it is also easy to maintain and provides the modern look desired. Custom cabinetry in a lighter wood tone lines the perimeter, with a window seat, Wolf range and custom hood among the amenities. Clever and abundant storage help keep the area clutter free for a constant flow of guests. The island, offering the same cabinetry and waterfall edge, provides seating on one side and sink prep area on the other, with a Kohler faucet featured. Globe pendants from Tech Lighting add to the airy atmosphere. HONORABLE MENTION Photos: Martin Vecchio August 2019 • 47

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