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APR 2014

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April 2014 ForResidentialPros.com | 25 angular backsplash, which features 3"x6" crackled por- celain tile outlined with a travertine chair rail that ties into the stone columns. "I used a combination of shiny and rustic fnishes to balance the space," he says. "It's this use of materials that helps to defne the kitchen." Thelen juxtaposed rustic fnishes and elements with an overall transitional theme, as seen in the kitchen's clean lines and uncluttered appear- ance. "I wanted the home to feel transitional with rus- tic charm, clean lines and a 'fresh' feel," he says, noting the cabinetry and trim/moulding as well as the chrome fxtures support the transitional side of the transitional/rustic equation. "I wanted to give the home a timber lodge feel… something you don't usually see in Chicago." A cofered ceiling draws visitors' eyes upward while custom-stained red oak an- chors the foor. Because of the ceiling details and focal point cooking area, Thelen intentionally eliminated the usage of pendant lights above the island. "I didn't want any- thing to obstruct the focal point range or interfere with the ceiling," he says. "Many homeowners think they need pendants over the island. But I think they should be used in discretion, according to each design. Sometimes it's just as important to not use them." Thelen balanced the pen- dant lighting omission with plenty of task and undercab- inet/above cabinet lighting. "There is plenty of light," he says. "There is also a lot of natural light that comes in from the window above the sink as well as windows in the breakfast area." FOCAL POINT FRAMING ⇦ Thelen created a strong focal point in the kitchen with the use of natural stone – from a quarry in Wisconsin – that frames the Viking range and ventilation hood. "Each stone has a diferent thickness and overall size," says the designer. "There were a lot of details in achieving the fnished look." He accented the stone with a rectangular backsplash detail that includes crackled porcelain tile and a travertine chair rail. To CreaTe The finesT baTh furniTure we use only The mosT sophisTiCaTed equipmenT Our hands Circle No. 13 on Product Card KBD_22-25_PCS.indd 25 3/14/14 8:59 AM

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