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Hello! Maria Charbonneaux here, and I’ve recently returned from an editor’s conference in Kohler, Wisconsin, home of Kohler Co. While I can’t easily share with you the gourmet chocolates from the company’s Craverie Chocolatier Café , I did bring back some eye candy—photos of the new Mick De Giulio designer room at the Kohler Design Center!
De Giulio is a Chicago-based designer and author of the book Kitchen Centric. At BHG, we know his work well—he also designed the Better Homes and Gardens Showcase Kitchen at our headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.
De Giulio’s newest kitchen did not disappoint—it combines both rustic and glam elements in a completely chic and sophisticated way. I love the contrast of the shimmery tile, vent hood, and cabinetry with the warm wood floors below.
The Kallista Multiere 45×18.8″ multi-tiered sink designed by De Giulio makes the peninsula the hub of the space. Made from 16-gauge stainless steel, the sink offers a variety of accessories, including a colander holder and a movable teak cutting board.
De Giulio dubbed the space Crystal Clear, and the glass-front doors of these display cabinets certainly help it live up to the name. This solution allows dishware and cookware to be glamorously showcased without collecting dust. Notice how the pots and pans hang from hooks inside the cabinet for easy access? If you have a panty or large cabinet, consider bringing the look home by removing the shelves and adding a rod, hooks, and glass-front door.
And in case you’re wondering where the lids are, they’re neatly filed away in compartments below.
The space is actually divided into two main areas: The front portion, shown above, features all the main components of the kitchen, and the back portion contains an intimate sitting area and wet bar.
Wood floors set in a herringbone pattern help delineate the entertaining area from the main kitchen space. Open shelves keep bar necessities close at hand and allow the mirrored backsplash to shine. A long, narrow wet bar sink makes it easy to rinse glasses while still preserving work space.
So what’s your favorite part? I’m infatuated with the display cabinets and the herringbone floors. If you’d like to see this space in person, the Kohler Design Center is open free to the public and contains many other designer kitchen and bath spaces, a product showroom, and a museum. Be sure to check out the factory tours as well if you’re in the area!
Photos courtesy of Kohler Co.
—Maria Charbonneaux, Real-Life Kitchens & Baths