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A touch of France in this kitchen by Antoinette Fraser
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View of kitchen designed by Antoinette Fraser of St Clair Kitchen and Home. The kitchen was remodelled to fit in with the "French Country" style of the rest of the house.

It is easy to forget that functional spaces, such as kitchens, can also be beautiful spaces. Sometimes, the desire for low maintenance and high performance can result in a kitchen that is user friendly, but not particularly inspiring.

The owner of this house was hoping to inject some of the French Country aesthetic seen throughout the house into the kitchen, says kitchen designer Antoinette Fraser of St Clair Kitchen and Home.

"The house itself is quite formal in style, so my client wanted to extend a note of formality into the kitchen.

"The catalyst for the design was a CornuFe range the client had seen in my showroom. She fell in love with the Cabaret Red model, so we used that as the starting point of the color scheme," says Fraser.


View of kitchen designed by Antoinette Fraser of cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, home, interior design, kitchen, room, window, brown
View of kitchen designed by Antoinette Fraser of St Clair Kitchen and Home. The kitchen was remodelled to fit in with the "French Country" style of the rest of the house.

Large 12in x 12in Rosa Beta tiles on the floor were replaced with hand-scraped mahogany boards laid on the diagonal.

"The diagonal placement creates visual interest and brings a sense of vitality to the space. It also references the corner on-counter cabinet and the angled ends of the island."

Jerusalem Gold field tiles were also set on the diagonal, as were accent tiles used in the backsplash, again creating a dynamic focal point within the kitchen.

The buttery cream palette balances the wood and red accents and references the golden hues found in the rest of the house, establishing a link that was previously missing.

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View of kitchen designed by Antoinette Fraser of St Clair Kitchen and Home. The kitchen was remodelled to fit in with the "French Country" style of the rest of the house.

"From the start the client knew that she wanted a look that would complement the rest of the house, and one that would make a showpiece of the kitchen. Entertaining for family and friends is important, so the kitchen had to be a space where people could gather," says Fraser.

Functionality also played a major role. The island has been designed to accommodate six people comfortably, and every conceivable convenience has been included, Fraser says.

"The kitchen shares the space with a casual dining area, so people naturally gravitate to it. Now it has a warm, inviting atmosphere that is augmented by its practicality, making it the ideal space in which to work and relax.

"Aesthetically the client has gotten exactly what she wanted. The color combination works really well and the level of amenity responds to any situation it is a success on all levels."

Nov 30, 2011
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