Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2019

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wood. It goes back to the basics and enjoying the craftsman- ship, without hiding the beautiful grain with paint. The wood also gives the kitchen a cozy feel, while its slab-style doors keep it modern." A lot of people have also been ripping out granite in favor of quartz or quartzite, she continues. "But granite can be a great place to save money…and I love black honed granite," she says. "It's very simple, and black and wood are a stunning combination. With this kitchen, we didn't have to go to all of the expense of buying a really elaborate or fancy stone and spending tens of thousands of dollars. We could get a beautiful look using natural stone in a cost-effective solution." Functionally, Freres was challenged by her clients' storage requests. "They wanted to include a microwave and a lot of specif- ic programming requests for storage, so every square inch was considered to maximize use," she says, noting that open shelves on the island, as well as throughout the kitchen, pro- vide an airy feeling while satisfying storage needs. The brass bar above the sink also provides unique storage of sorts, which the homeowners use for drying fresh herbs from their garden. Aesthetically, the designer gave the island its focal-point status by incorporating natural materials that will patina over time. "We included materials that you might find in your grandma's kitchen…but with an updated look," she states. "The importance of creating eye-catching elements, such as an island, is so that the room has one grand focal point. It's great to make a statement with one piece, then let other elements fade into the background. With this kitchen, the island makes the statement, yet includes functional elements in a highly designed piece where the brass and marble make it truly sparkle." BACK TO BASICS This kitchen's island, with its natural white oak cabinets and combination honed black granite/white oak top, utilizes mate- rials that are making a comeback with Ginger Curtis' clients. "People had been pulling out so many wood-stained cabinets because they were too yellow or orange and glossy," says the owner of Urbanology Designs, in North Richland Hills, TX. "They just weren't pretty. But now we're seeing a resurgence of natural stains that showcase the wood grain in a more toned-down look, such as these cabinets that are only sealed with a matte finish to pull out the natural look of the This kitchen's island, with its natural white oak cabinets and combination honed black granite/white oak top, utilizes materials that are making a comeback with Ginger Curtis' clients. To further highlight the material choices, Curtis crafted the island top as inter- locking 'L' shapes. Open shelving on its base provides a great place for her clients to store cookbooks or display unique pieces. Photos: J. Turnbow Photography 78 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019 PORTFOLIO

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