City life to country air

Country-style family kitchen
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Country style family kitchen

When you hail from the city but move your family to the suburbs to give the children room to grow, you're likely to want to bring a little urban modernity along with you.

The owners of this kitchen did exactly that, leaving the excitement of the city for a 100-year-old suburban retreat. As part of the remodel of their new home, an extension was added, accommodating a new kitchen downstairs and a master bedroom upstairs. The space planning, interior design and kitchen were all by designers Sally Wilson and John Kelsey.

After moving from a townhouse to the country, the owners wanted to balance respect for the century-old home with their love of the vibrant city life they had left behind, says Kelsey.


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Country style family kitchen

"Gestalt, or a concept of wholeness, drives most of our projects and played a key part in working this request into a cohesive design," he says. "Color, texture and a sense of visual balance and lightness all played their part in the design. At the same time, we wanted to ensure the space would be highly functional, and would reflect a lighter aesthetic suited to entertaining."

To this end, classic elements that reference the home's age are teamed with light transitional cabinetry paneling and eye-catching elements with a more contemporary sensibility.

"On the traditional side there are thick granite countertops, a farmhouse sink and pristine white cabinet finishes," says Wilson. "The modern elements include the glittering glass tile backsplash almost a pixilated version of the granite work surface opposite. At the end of the room, an open cabinet is fitted with glass shelves held in place by stainless steel clips."

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Country style family kitchen

Vibrancy comes from the colorful fabrics on the bar stools and also on a sofa that forms part of a casual seating area next to the windows.

"The patterned materials cotton on the stools and faux leather on the sofa create the feel of a living area rather than a cooking space," says Kelsey. "French doors open to the porch, maximizing natural light and a sense of space."

A large pantry is set off the hallway, to help keep the kitchen free of clutter.

Mar 05, 2014
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