Taste of Provence kitchen by V6B Design Group

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Provence-style kitchen by V6B Design Group
Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Brian Gill
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The dark-stained, oak island, which has a distinctive furniture look, is the main food preparation area in this Provencal-style kitchen. The design is by V6B Design Group.

In any kitchen remodel, there are things you can change and things that you simply have to work around. And often, it is the ceiling height that is fixed.

Such was the case for this remodeling project by interior designer Jennifer Moriarity and the kitchen design team at V6B Design Group. When Earl Lawson of V6B first saw the house, the family living space had already been gutted. Walls had been removed leaving one large space to accommodate the kitchen, dining and family living area.

"The main challenge here was the low ceiling, especially as we wanted to create a voluminous look," says Lawson. "The general contractor introduced solid wood beams, which help to break up the great expanse of ceiling and are in keeping with the owners' desire for a warm and inviting Provence-style kitchen."


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Dark wood beams in this Provencal-style kitchen relieve the expanse of ceiling and help to make the area appear more intimate. The island features a 2½-inch-thick limestone countertop. The design is by V6B Design Group.

The team felt it was important to avoid a cute or contrived look. Consequently, Moriarity's design borrows from the French style, but it also reflects a North American design response in terms of the colors and some of the finishes.

"However, there is an underlying sense of structure that keeps the Provence style to the fore," says Lawson. "The kitchen was not all about inserting cabinetry into an empty space. It was about creating the structure into which the various elements would be placed for example, creating niches and alcoves, just like the old stone walls in traditional French homes."

V6B specified distressed white cabinetry with Provene§al-styled doors. These include a bank of wall cabinets modeled on an imported French display cabinet that sits in the adjoining formal dining room.

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The island in this French kitchen features decorative storage, including shelving behind traditional chicken-wire doors. The design is by V6B Design Group.

"The cabinetry is not overly ornate," says Lawson. "Specifying a pale color with the painted surface rubbed through gives the furniture a lighter feel than traditional cabinetry."

To provide a bold accent, the island features dark-stained oak. Crafted in a furniture style, the island incorporates table legs, decorative corbels and wire mesh doors fronting the living area. A 2½-inch-thick limestone countertop helps to anchor the piece visually while also softening the look of the dark wood.

Other traditional features include an open fire, a farmhouse sink, and custom-designed hood that reinforces the cooking center's sense of symmetry. Functionality is assured, with storage maximized by full-extension hardware and pull-outs.

Jun 19, 2013

Credit list

Kitchen designer
V6B Design Group (Vancouver, BC)
Cabinetry
Hardwood in Antique White with
Award
Crystal Design Award
Interior designer
Jennifer Moriarity,
flooring
Limestone
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