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Old kitchen

October 10, 2012

A clever designer creates a kitchen for the 90s in a setting with the architectural look of a house from the 30s.
When fire destroyed the kitchen of this Greenwich, Connecticut, house, the owners took it as a sign that they needed a new kitchen, one that was in keeping with their current lifestyle. Working with Charles E Adams, CKD, they appropriated 3 feet from an adjoining family room to produce an eat-in kitchen measuring 15 by 21 feet. What gives the space its special character is the Heritage cabinetry in the “Dorchester” style. “It’s maple with a light opaque stain,” says the designer. “I kept mixing colors until I got one the owners liked.”
The owners also liked having two distinct food-preparation areas plus a space where grandchildren could perch. A butler’s pantry with its own sink, ice maker and warming drawers is the second work space; a drop-down table attached to the center island welcomes young visitors. The color of the tile countertop is echoed in the blue painted cabinet with open shelving that leads to the butler’s pantry. “The owners wanted something that looked like an antique-store find, so I designed what I thought they would like—and they did,” says Adams.

Kitchen designs

September 2, 2012

It started out as a conventional ranch, but new owners dismantled and rebuilt it from the foundation up. Now, this house in a New York City suburb has room for a family of six and a kitchen tailored to the needs of a woman who cooks a lot. Designed by Karen Williams and Vincent Cappello of St. Charles of New York, the 16- by 18-foot space flows into a breakfast room at one end and opens, through French doors, to a dining room at the other.
Heritage cabinets are used throughout. Base and wall units are cherry in a light stain. The island, although with the same door style, was designed to look like antique furniture. It has wear marks and crackle on its mellow green finish.

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