A walk in the woods

Handcrafted wood furniture, columns and beams reflect a strong Adirondack influence in this kitchen and family living area
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A view of a kitchen, wooden flooring and cabinetry, tiled backsplash, granite benchtops, stainless steel appliances and faucetry, white sink.

In the mid 1800s, many New Yorkers discovered the rustic charm of country living in the Adirondack Mountains. The lodges and country houses they built were notable for their use of native woods and handcrafted furniture pieces. The Adirondack style, as it became known, is still a popular look, with many homeowners wanting to re-create its simple rustic character. It’s a style that strongly influenced the design of this kitchen and family living area. Marsha Scott of Architectural Kitchens says it’s also a look that works with this home’s location – it is surrounded by trees and overlooks a picturesque lake. “The homeowners wanted the visual warmth of wood,” she says. “The red-brown stain of the main cabinetry was chosen to complement the dramatic red Viking range, which provided the starting point for the decorating scheme.” Scott says the owners had a hood custom made in the same red shade as the range. The tiled backsplash was also customized, with a pheasant motif that replicates a pattern on the owners’ favorite china collection. In keeping with the Adirondack look, the cherry cabinetry features a heavy, rustic molding, with natural knots exposed in the wood. The cabinets were handcrafted to resemble furniture pieces, with legs and panel doors adding authenticity. Pocket doors conceal a microwave, and two freezer drawers are fully integrated. Traditional turned legs on the island and either side of the large farmhouse-style sink, further enhance the furniture look. And a large, handcrafted hutch dresser conveys the sense of items that have been acquired over many years. “The hutch makes a huge statement in the kitchen,” says Scott. “As with the rest of the cabinetry, it incorporates integrated appliances.” Scott says the hutch also functions as a beverage center - it has its own sink and a second dishwasher for glassware. Despite several openings and doors in the kitchen, the cabinetry and island have been positioned to create an easy work triangle. Abundant storage also makes the kitchen easy to work in, says Scott. The kitchen opens to a breakfast room and a separate butler’s pantry. The pantry, which features similar wood cabinetry to the kitchen, has a bar and wine cooler, and opens to the front porch.


Apr 13, 2006

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Ann Sullivan, NKBA, formerly of Architectural Kitchens (Atlanta, GA)
Flooring
Stained oak
Cabinets
Rustic cherry by local artisans
Backsplash
Cream tiles with custom pheasant motif from Renaissance Tile
Faucets
Rohl; Herbeau
Ventilation
Vent-A-Hood with custom canopy
Refrigerator and freezer drawers
Sub-Zero
Kitchen designer
Ann Sullivan, NKBA, formerly of Architectural Kitchens (Atlanta, GA)
Flooring
Stained oak
Cabinets
Rustic cherry by local artisans
Backsplash
Cream tiles with custom pheasant motif from Renaissance Tile
Faucets
Rohl; Herbeau
Ventilation
Vent-A-Hood with custom canopy
Refrigerator and freezer drawers
Sub-Zero
Interior designer
Virginia White
Hutch
LaLune
Countertops
Verde Jewel granite and Tennessee fieldstone (hutch top)
Sink
Farmhouse
Range
Viking
Microwave
GE Profile
Dishwashers
Bosch
Interior designer
Virginia White
Hutch
LaLune
Countertops
Verde Jewel granite and Tennessee fieldstone (hutch top)
Sink
Farmhouse
Range
Viking
Microwave
GE Profile
Dishwashers
Bosch
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