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MAY 2018

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interiors of the taupe-colored, glass-front cabinets that frame the hood and help break up the expanse of doors. Because the space is large and open, LaMariana notes that Baez wanted to ensure that it was balanced. "There is a lot going on in the hood area, which meant we could include interesting elements to the right and left, without competing with it," says LaMariana in reference to the furniture-style custom hutch and paneled refrigerators. Designers at Signature Interior Designs also created a contemporary kitchen with interest from any viewing angle (see photo, Page 54). The primary entrance is between the refrigerator and custom bar hutch, so the sink area becomes a primary focal point. "Where you enter the space, you look out a window," says LaMariana. "It was important that you see something beautiful when you first walk into the kitchen." As such, in addition to the gorgeous view, this area includes dual sinks and sculpted Macassar ebony veneer base cabinet doors with a polished chrome surround. "The kitchen was de- signed around the homeowner's need to have that veneer," she says, noting it was repeated on the paneled refrigerator. A second focal point is the cooking wall, which is viewable when people enter from the dinette. Its metallic tile back- splash combines with chrome-plated pull-out cabinets and a custom chrome ventilation hood. "No matter where you stand, there is something special to anchor the eye," she says. BEAUTY IN ANY DIRECTION Daugvila also chose to include several focal points in a kitchen (see photos, Page 53) where the cooking niche – comprised of an architectural wood hood complemented with Daltile lime- stone tile and a Thermador cooktop – works with the adjacent oversized window that allows visual access to the homeown- er's beautifully landscaped yard. A shelf above the window strengthens the entire corner's focal point status. "We opened up the kitchen dramatically by removing a huge peninsula and tall breakfast bar with upper cabinets that Meredith Weiss' client enjoys the hummingbirds that frequent the wooded area in her yard, so she complemented the windowed backsplash with a backless and frontless cabinet above the sink to provide nearly limitless visual access to the yard while creat- ing shelves to display collectibles. A secondary focal point features the range, which is in the direct line of vision from her client's dining room. Photos: Meredith Weiss 56 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 FOCAL POINTS Continued

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