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AUG 2019

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into the space," she says. "But solid steel cabinets would have been too heavy – and, they are loud. We had access to a great vendor (Berlin Food & Lab Equipment Co.) that could build these for us." Bayon topped the island with leathered Silver Brown Wave quartzite that reminds her client of a map of rivers and islands. "It's a unique stone that offers some movement in the veining," she says. "Applying the leathered finish adds texture." Bayon often uses an island as a focal point in a room. "An is- land offers the opportunity to be creative, both with aesthetics and function. It's the same principle as a powder room. It doesn't have to be 'matchy matchy.' I enjoy making the counter or cabinets different than the rest of the kitchen, such as giving the island a furniture feel so it's the 'wow' element in the room. For most kitchens, we do look at the island as a stand-alone focal point." UPDATING GRANDMA'S KITCHEN An extensive remodel of the 1920s Tudor home pictured above included a reconfiguration of the first floor, the addition of a dining room/sunroom adjacent to the kitchen and a transfor- mation of the second floor into a master suite…all of which showcase unique fixtures, a rich color palette and design details that let the home's historic character shine. For example, in the kitchen, Holly Freres, principal, JHL Design, in Portland, OR – who collaborated with Thesis Studio (home designer) and Hammer & Hand (contractor) – channeled a classic, modern design theme with restrained, yet elegant, architectural details. At its heart is the island, which is practical as well as beautiful with its focus on creative and useful storage combined with eye-catching materials, such as walnut cabinetry and shelving, brass trim and Calcatta marble countertops. Cindy Bayon designed the island in this kitchen to resemble a modern cart where its steel cabinetry and antique wheels fit the industrial, masculine vibe her client wanted. These materials also suit the historic building in which the island resides, while its quartzite countertop's veins offer movement. Holly Freres channeled a classic, modern design theme in this kitchen, where the island is as practical as it is beautiful, with a focus on creative and useful storage that combines with eye-catching materials. Its open shelves provide an airy feeling while satisfying storage needs. Aestheti- cally, the designer utilized natural materials that will patina over time. Photo: Haris Kenjar Photos: Scott Hargis Photo August 2019 • 77 PORTFOLIO

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