Frozen river

New England-aesthetic by Rabun Martin

Story by: Charles Moxham
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This dining area rug, chairs and table are all in natural tones of green and brown, and the fireplace surround is in stone. Large pocket doors open to a new porch.
Interior designer Rabun Martin talks to Trends editorial director Paul Taylor.

A whitewashed, New England-style aesthetic can work very well in a classic kitchen project. Following up with distinctive accents that build on the overall design will create connections to other areas in the house and the outdoors.

For this project, the addition of a new porch and a reshuffle of spaces allowed designer Rabun Martin to create a spacious new kitchen to replace a rather cramped workspace, finished in dark wood. The owners had asked for a light, rustic aesthetic, with some masculine notes and a connection to nature, says Martin.

"To an extent, the backsplash led the design. The mosaic glass we selected has the look of a frozen river it's a watery look that is in keeping with the home's lakeside setting. Multi-hued Minsk granite for the countertops adds to the effect. Both surfaces stand out against the whitewashed, distressed finish on the cabinetry, walls and ceiling, giving the kitchen its rustic, New England style.

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A backsplash with the look of frozen water, and a multi-hued granite countertop give this kitchen a connection to the natural world.

"We balanced the mainly white finishes with some more masculine accents, such as the exposed beams, the copper-bronze rope hardware, a wood and iron chandelier and the sideboard."

Martin designed the white-painted wood custom hood with vertical strips and corner details that have the appearance of copper or iron. The wrought iron detailing on the sideboard is another masculine inclusion.

To enhance the country-style ambiance, most appliances are integrated behind two large maple wood doors with crisscross detailing, which was the result of a collaboration between the cabinetmaker and the designer.

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Distressed paint with the wood showing through helps create a rustic, New England-style appeal for this kitchen. Metal accents on the cabinetry and lights are picked by the nailhead detailing on the bar stools and dining room chairs.

As well as opening a wall to better connect kitchen and dining areas, Rabun Martin raised the ceiling in the living area.

"This adds to the light-filled aesthetic and helps showcase the kitchen within its niche when viewed from the living spaces," she says.

Mar 05, 2014

Credit list

Designer
Rabun Martin, Rabun Mary Interiors (Clayton, GA)
Builder
Dovetail Homes
Backsplash
Hida Natural tiles in matte finish from Tradition in Tile
Sink
Elkay
Oven
KitchenAid
Microwave
Whirlpool
Waste disposal
InSinkErator
Doors
Sliding pocket door by Jeld-Wen
Wood paneling
Minwax with Special Walnut stain base, and whitewashed finish
Cabinet company
Hollywood Works
Cabinetry
Maple, full overlay design, chipped paint with glazing, soft-close hardware
Countertops
Minsk granite from AGM Importers
Faucets
Newport Brass in English Bronze
Ventilation
Vent-A-Hood
Refrigeration
Sub-Zero
Flooring
Yellow pine with Special Walnut stain
Furniture
Dining table, alder with English Chestnut finish, handmade by Wilson Woodworks; chairs, Sherrill fabric Roughhewn Green with nailhead detailing; sideboard, custom Whitepine with English Chestnut finish and decorative metal by Wilson Woodworks
Lighting
Regina Andrew large globe pendants; Wood and iron rope chandelier from Our Boat House
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