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JAN 2018

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Davenport frequently incorporates natural elements via wood in architectural details, such as shiplap or paneling on ceilings and walls that is painted or stained, or via ventilation hoods that can stand alone or take center stage with a simple metal design or wood design accented by artwork or fragment pieces. Bagley Catlin also sees more clients adding wood accents to ventilation hoods. "We've been seeing painted hoods for quite a while," she says. "But now I'm seeing them mixed with wood. It's really quite interesting. I think it personalizes the hood and brings in the rustic farmhouse element while mak- ing it a bit more casual." Bagley Catlin adds that showcasing the grain in woods, used in accents or in cabinetry, has become more prevalent in modern farmhouse design. "My clients are asking for more natural woods…in any way they can get them," she says. "It may be oak that has been whitewashed so it feels natural and organic, almost reclaimed…or, in the case of one client, a cher- ry island that has been acid treated to raise the grain. Clients are looking for more grain. I'm currently working with three clients right now who are asking for more grain." Dauria is incorporating reclaimed wood, as well as other natural materials such as brick, into many of his modern farmhouse designs. Reclaimed wood has been used as accents such as tables, ceiling beams and even sliding barn doors that, in one particular project, conceal the homeowner's computer, kitchens," she says. "Exposed shelving is another clean and simple element…very much in the farmhouse style." Open shelves are also popular with clients of Billings and Dauria, the latter of whom recently helped a client showcase their cookbook collection on a kitchen sideboard that seems reminiscent of an early American design, he notes. "Kitchens at the turn of the century would have hutch pieces that were set in the kitchen," adds Billings. "Shelves, including suspended shelves, can modernize that look." Oftentimes shelves, especially floating shelves, are crafted from wood, which brings in natural elements that are so often adored in farmhouse kitchens. "That touch of 'natural' is important," says Billings. "Whether it's wood, stone or even brick, natural elements are essential." When Taylor Billings' clients moved from Chicago back to their Ohio origins, they built their new home in an historic district, giving its interior a modern farmhouse twist. One of its most prominent features is the wall of windows that reaches from the countertops nearly to the ceiling. Billings also updated the farmhouse style by painting the cabinetry a vibrant shade of blue. Glass doors on sev- eral upper cabinets expose cherry tongue and groove that matches the island top and floating shelves. Photos: WS Design 92 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2018 STYLE ALERT Continued

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