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MAY 2018

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This side of the island also features a gracefully curved raised bar top. "It gives a nice aesthetic," the designer notes. "When my clients are entertaining, guests who are standing can also use it as place to set their drinks." Ketchen enhanced the island's visual appeal with the addition of wainscoting and cabinet details, such as corbels and bands of spher- ical trim, from Omega Cabinetry's Infinity Collection. "My clients really loved the circles and want- ed to work them into the design," she explains. OVERSIZED SEATING ISLAND With the focal-point cooking island located, Ketchen turned her attention to the second island, which serves as home to the sink and paneled Miele dishwasher. Its oversized dimen- sions offer plenty of storage – including large drawers for pots and pans – and a place for in-kitchen seating. "This island needed to be chunkier and 'heavier' than a standard 36" island," she says, noting it reaches to 60" at the broadest point along its curved top. "I wanted to use that width to provide more storage and to tighten up the walkways so they weren't too wide." The island's Omega Cabinetry Dynasty Series base echoes the same Pumice stain as the cooking island. The designer also includ- ed Infinity Collection details, such as turned support legs. Additional details include a pair of custom Hubbardton Forge pendant lights that hover above the island and complement the chandelier in the breakfast nook. Ketchen also tied both islands together visually via their Copenhagen granite tops. "They fell in love with the stone," she says. "It's beautiful and has a lot of movement." 'QUIET' PERIMETERS To keep the kitchen from becoming too busy, Ketchen suggested a 'quieter' stone for the perimeter countertops, including those on each side of the paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator as well as at the coffee station and bar area. "I often recommend quartz for perimeter countertops, usually something solid if a 'wild' grain stone is used on the island," she notes. "But these clients really wanted natural stone. I helped them search for something comple- mentary and we found this Calacatta quartzite. It really complements the granite and keeps the busy stone from overpowering the space." Ketchen also set the perimeters apart from the islands by choosing a creamy white Magnolia paint finish for the maple cabinetry to differenti- ate it from the Pumice-colored alder islands. Additional elements in the refrigerator sur- round include glass upper cabinets with curved mullion details and drawer base cabinets with organized storage accessories, including cutlery dividers and a peg system for dishes. To pull the refrigerator into the space and closer to the islands, Ketchen deepened the wall by adding a tall, narrow pantry with rollouts behind each cabinet that flanks the refrigerator. "These cabinets bump the refrigerator further into the work triangle," she says, noting they also offer additional storage. "Without them, the refrigerator would have been too far away from the islands." ENTERTAINING EXTRAS The kitchen's addition gave Ketchen enough space to include a bar area as well as a coffee station. The bar, set at an angle, repeats the curved mullion glass doors and features dual refrigerator drawers and a pass-through that offers a view into the living room. The Calacatta quartzite countertop, which overhangs into the adjoining space, coordinates quietly with elements on both sides. Ketchen's clients also wanted to include a tall wine refrigerator. Since the bar couldn't accommodate the appliance, she incorporated a Sub-Zero unit into the adjacent coffee station, adding an undercabinet ice maker beside it. On the opposite end of the coffee station, Ketchen complemented the wine refrigerator with storage cubes for champagne. In between, the designer added more storage, including dual lift-up garage doors to conceal the couple's cof- fee maker as well as their blender and mixer. "They really wanted a coffee station for entertaining and for when they have overnight guests," she says, noting that they wanted to give visitors easy access, yet close off the area when not in use. "My clients were very involved with every inch of their new kitchen," she continues. "I love customizing a design to get a space just the way a client wants it. And this kitchen really is custom- ized for the way they live…and they love it!" ▪ Additional storage via shallow cabinets with touch latches is located on the back side of the island. This side of the island also features a gracefully curved raised bar top. To pull the refrigerator into the space and closer to the islands, Ketchen added a tall, narrow pantry with rollouts behind each cabinet that flanks the refrigerator. The kitchen's addition gave Ketchen enough space to include a bar area as well as a coffee station. The bar features dual refrigerator drawers and a pass-through that offers a view into the living room. The coffee station is home to a wine refriger- ator on one side and cube storage on the other. In between, Ketchen added more storage, including dual lift-up garage doors to conceal the couple's coffee maker as well as their blender and mixer. 36 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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