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AUG 2015

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22 | Kitchen & Bath Design News | August 2015 By Kim Berndtson Project Case Study { Spotlight on creative, problem-solving kitchens and baths } T here are several hints as to this homeowner's favorite color in the sprinkling of orange found in soft furnishings and accessories scattered throughout the kitchen and adjoining sitting area in this Leawood, KS, home. But once the bright orange Blue Star range comes into view, there is no longer any doubt that the carrot- colored hue is her shade of choice. She could have taken a more sub- dued approach, and Katie Ott, AKBD/ designer/co-owner of Kitchen Stu- dio: Kansas City, in Kansas City, MO, did show her a few more traditional models at the start of the remodeling project, which was completed with the assistance of Woodward Construc- tion. "But when she saw this range, and that it was available in orange, she was sold!" says Ott. "It is so bright and fun…just like she is. She loves it!" While the range makes a bold statement, its underlying purpose cannot be overlooked. "She loves to cook and bake," notes the designer, who created the space for this stay- at-home mom who likes to be in the kitchen with her family. "She cooks every meal – and during the holidays she will make hundreds of cookies – so she wanted a really nice range." To support her baking passion, Ott incorporated an oversized island that also makes a focal-point presence with its massive 67.5"x110" footprint. Because the homeowners are tall, the designer raised the entire island, building it onto a platform base that increases its height to about 38". The island – which is topped with Pure White Caesarstone on Crystal Cabi- net Works' Sage cabinets – is plenty large enough to store baking supplies, including her stand mixer, which she has easy access to thanks to a pop- up stand. A large three-drawer base cabinet houses baking accessories, and a Franke prep sink allows for easy cleanup. On the other side of the island, Ott included a 36" U-Line bev- erage refrigerator and seating for two so the homeowner can decorate all those holiday cookies with her family. On one end, she built a custom niche for a Sharp microwave, then added a pull-out trash bin with a spe- cial nook above it for paper towels. At the opposite end, the designer added a custom-built dining table that butts up directly to the island. "It's a freestand- ing table that fts right up against the cabinetry to provide additional coun- ter space," says Ott. "I sized it slightly wider than the island…because I don't like things to line up! I also wanted to give it some bulk to better accom- modate chairs." Three salvaged brass and copper shipyard lights hover above the island. "She got them from a shipyard salvage company," says Ott, noting that she FOCAL-POINT RANGE Makes a bold statement in the homeowner's favorite color of orange SALVAGED SHIPYARD LIGHTS Copper fnish adds a tint of orange to tie the space together OVERSIZED ISLAND Serves as a decorating station for holiday baking Photos: Matt Kocourek Photography Shades of Orange Make A Statement

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