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Natural grace - Brand new vacation home kitchen designed by Bruce Kading from Kitchen Trends volume 2710
There is an innate connection between a land and its people, both working on the other to shape a shared history. Few landscapes loom as large in our collective psyche as the frontier, romanticized as a true connection between man and nature.
Perhaps this is why, even now, we're drawn to settings that evoke a similar experience. This vacation home, in the pristine lakes area of Minnesota, draws on the region's rich history of human habitation in its design and aesthetic, says interior designer Bruce Kading ASID, CID.
"The owners wanted a cottage-style home that would reference the dwellings that started to appear throughout the area at the turn of the last century.
"The idea was to establish an assumed history for the property, a sense of its having organically evolved over the years. To achieve this look, I specified reclaimed wood for the floors and beams, and a plaster-like finish on the walls. All of the surface materials either have a natural patina or an aged look."
Kading also worked in conjunction with kitchen designer Carol Sadowsky CKD, whose design expands on the theme of the house having been adapted over the years.
"The kitchen occupies a fairly open-plan space, flowing directly into the dining room and the hearth room, so it needed to relate to those spaces. Equally important was the need to establish a focal point for the kitchen area. The large island achieves this, and its furniture-like design gives the impression that it is separate to the overall design."
Kading is in full agreement. "The island works as a distinctive item – it establishes the all-important focal point and gives the kitchen its own identity. I've further enhanced this by giving it a unique color treatment; and the addition of the pewter top further elevates its status within the room."
Kitchen designer Carol Sadowsky CKD says while the look of the kitchen is in keeping with the remainder of the house, at its heart it is pure modern functionality. The owners enjoy entertaining weekend guests so the kitchen is also a gathering space, sharing an open-plan environment with the dining room and adjacent hearth room. The island was designed to be the focal point of the kitchen area, and has been given an individual color treatment and pewter top.
Kevin J Anderson,Kevin J Anderson Architect
Bruce Kading ASID, CID Bruce Kading Interior Design (Minneapolis, MN)
The Woodshop of Avon
David Peterson, Pinnacle Company
Knotty Alder from the Lodge Collection by The Woodshop of Avon
Pewter from The Woodshop of Avon (island); soapstone from Northwestern Marble & Tile (perimeter counters)
Kitchen and dining furniture
Bruce Kading Interior Design
Plantation shutters with custom stain matched to woodwork from Interior Shutters
Soapstone from Northwestern Marble & Tile; slate tiles and feature tile from Tile by Design
Built-in oven, free-standing range and microwave
Custom copper range hood by The Woodshop of Avon
Refrigeration and wine cooler
Story by Justin Foote
Photography by Matt Schmitt