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MAY 2018

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Secondary to the cooking wall is the coffee bar, which features reclaimed oak shelves floating atop brass brackets finished in oil-rubbed bronze that match those next to the ventilation hood. The shelves are distressed and stained to coordinate with the reclaimed wood countertop that is crafted from railcar flooring. "You can still see the marks and bolts that were originally part of the floor," she points out. DRAMATIC 'ART' Although the focal-point backsplash was one of the last ele- ments chosen in this kitchen designed by Sutton (see photos, above and at left), it's the first thing people notice. "We knew we wanted to do something dramatic…to utilize that wall as a piece of art," she says. "We just didn't choose the actual material right away." Sutton searched with her clients, looking for just the right slab before settling on this Calacatta Avante Garde marble, which is bookmatched in the center and mitered around bump outs at each end of the cooking wall. "My clients fell in love with the marble," she says. "It really works with the overall feel and look of the design. They want- ed something contemporary, but not cold. This slab warms the space and coordinates perfectly with the neutral grays and satin brass hardware and faucets. It pulls everything together and creates a nice drama for the hood." Sutton supported the focal point backsplash with a mix of light gray cabinets that contrast against the darker refrigerator surround and tall pantry. "The dark, blue-gray color draws the eye because of its deep hue," she explains. "But it also asym- metrically balances the entire wall because you are drawn to the marble." CONFIDENCE IN COLOR From the moment Lecinski met her clients, she appreciated their confident and adventurous sense of color. "They have an artistic background and we were able to draw that out," she says. Most notable is the bold LaCornue black enamel and brass range she paired with a custom zinc and brass ventilation hood crafted by Vogler Metalwork & Design (see photos, Page 58). "It's like sculpture, a true work of art," she states. The original layout included an island cooktop and a garage door where the hood is now located. "We moved the garage door to the mud room, which gave us the opportunity to move the range to the anchor wall to become a focal point, along with the hood," she says. Both are showcased against highly textured, handmade subway tile accented with dark grout. "The darker grout creates a pattern and rhythm as a backdrop to the focal point," she notes. Rebecca Sutton chose to go bold in this kitchen design, where red accents create high drama against a white backdrop. Rebecca Sutton searched with her client for just the right slab of natural stone to serve as the focal point for this kitchen. The Cala- catta Avante Garde marble warms the space and coordinates per- fectly with the neutral grays and satin brass hardware and faucets. Photos: Lance Selgo, Unique Exposure Photography 60 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 FOCAL POINTS Continued

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