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August 2015 | KitchenBathDesign.com | 23 loves the look of mixing the copper lights with stainless hardware and appliances. "She had them shipped, polished, then rewired by a local lamp maker. Their copper fnish adds a tint of orange so they tie in beautifully to the space. They're such a fun detail and they really steal the show!" FUNCTIONAL PERIMETER The kitchen's perimeter is fnished with additional details that make the space functional, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Zephyr ventilation hood, stainless steel Kohler farmhouse sink and Asko dishwasher. A TV – per the husband's request – sits atop a cabi- net that is faced with stainless steel mesh backed by glass to give it ex- tra strength. Stainless steel foating shelves provide display space for some of the homeowner's orange dishes and whimsical accessories. A tall pantry cabinet – in Frosty White that match- es the wall cabinets – houses baking pans and, when opened, reveals a dark-stained shelf with a counter, roll- out shelves and outlets for powering appliances such as the toaster. "Her small appliances are hidden for a very clean look," says Ott. "She can also be more organized now, where every- thing has its own place. That was one thing that was important to her…to create a very functional space." The homeowner also wanted to maintain a kitchen desk, so Ott up- graded the previous desk that served little function and faced a wall. "It was tiny and tucked away in the corner, so it wasn't very useful," she says. "We added a new desk underneath the window – where a former window seat existed, which we moved to an- other location – and added some fling cabinets and drawers. A simple stool can tuck under the countertop, which extends into recessed cubbies we in- cluded for cookbook storage. Now she has a beautiful view out the window. While many people have gone away from sitting at a desk, she uses hers every day and wanted to keep it." The kitchen's perimeter also in- cludes access to the new walk-in pantry that is tucked behind Reeded glass doors. Ott painted the walls or- ange and added a white countertop and dark-stained shelves. The dark stain matches the 'patch- work' hutch – which features Lyptus wood base cabinets with a Raisin stain. It is located just of the kitchen and next to the sitting room, wrapping around the corner and into the dining room. "A lot of homes in this area have hutches like these," says the designer, who adds that its previous existence featured glass-door upper cabinetry and a small sink with a leaking faucet. Ott incorporated several special features into the hutch to jazz it up, repeating some elements from the nearby kitchen, including stainless steel foating shelves, wall cabinets with stainless steel mesh doors, sub- way tile and Caesarstone countertop. She also pulled the Reeded glass from the pantry doors into the countertop cabinet, which features a lift-up door to conceal the husband's papers and an outlet for charging his phone. An open shelf displays more cookbooks. A new sink and faucet area serves as a great place to grab a quick drink. Finally, Ott sheathed the wall with two diferent Daltile tiles, 4"x12" sub- way tile and 1" penny tile in a matte fnish. The subway tiles match the tile used on the sink wall in the kitchen. "We had some challenges with the ceiling because I lengthened the kitchen," she explains, noting that she wanted to have enough space for a larger, more useful island that functioned better within the space and shortened the distance between the sink and the island. "That meant we had some transition issues and height diferences to work around. To guide the eye beyond that transition, I ran the tile up to the ceiling and around the window." VISUAL APPEAL The foundation for this kitchen is a base of various shades of white, seven tones in all, including the walls, trim, ceiling, cabinetry, countertops and two types of tile. "She wanted a back- drop for everything," says Ott. "She has a lot of artwork that is whimsical and colorful and she wanted it to stand out, with everything else serving as the background, like an art museum. The slightly diferent shades also add interest to the space, and keep it from looking washed out because you can play of the shadows." A white foundation also gave Ott an opportunity to mix in color with the painted Sage and Raisin-stained cabinetry. "They give the space more visual appeal," she notes, adding that the homeowner loved the light green color because it ofered a 'fresh' look with a hint of coastal appeal. "She wanted something light, and the col- ors keep it from being just another white kitchen." JAZZED UP 'PATCHWORK' HUTCH Older homes in Katie Ott's region routinely feature hutches, which often wrap around a corner. Ott transformed this home's previous hutch – which featured a leaking faucet and upper cabinets with glass doors – with many elements repeated from the nearby kitchen, including stainless steel foating shelves, wall cabinets with stainless steel mesh doors, subway tile and Caesarstone countertop. She also pulled Reeded glass from the pantry doors into the countertop cabinet. An open shelf displays cookbooks, while a new sink and faucet area serves as a great place to grab a quick drink. IMPROVED FUNCTIONALITY The homeowner wanted to maintain a kitchen desk, so Ott upgraded the previous model that served little function and faced into a wall. The new desk area features fling cabinets, drawers and recessed cubbies. A simple stool can tuck underneath the countertop. 'Now she has a beautiful view out the window,' she says. 'While many people have gone away from sitting at a desk, she uses hers every day and wanted to keep it.' Ott also added a walk-in pantry that is tucked behind Reeded glass doors. It features orange – the homeowner's favorite color – a white countertop and dark-stained shelves. EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE Stainless steel foating shelves provide display space for orange dishes and whimsical accessories. A tall pantry cabinet houses baking pans and, when opened, reveals a dark-stained shelf with a counter, roll-out shelves and outlets for powering appliances such as the toaster. 'Her small appliances are hidden for a very clean look,' says Ott. 'She can also be more organized now, where everything has its own place. That was one thing that was important to her…to create a very functional space.' WHITE X 7 The foundation for this kitchen is a base of various shades of white, seven tones in all, including the walls, trim, ceiling, cabinetry, countertops and two types of tile. 'She wanted a backdrop for everything,' says Ott. 'She has a lot of artwork that is whimsical and colorful and she wanted it to stand out, with everything else serving as the background, like an art museum.' A white foundation also gave Ott an opportunity to mix in color with the painted Sage and Raisin-stained cabinetry. 'They give the space more visual appeal.'

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