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This California kitchen extends a traditional welcome to kids and guests with fresh, easygoing style. Vintage materials, such as honed marble and limestone, mingle easily with scratch-resistant engineered-wood floors, stainless-steel appliances, and sleek cabinet hardware. Stately lanterns are classic in shape yet exaggerated in proportion, a unique contribution to the room.
The homeowners wanted to create a timeless neutral backdrop, with unexpected pops of personality. The kitchen's calming color palette is punctuated by pops of turquoise found in the fabric window treatment, dishes, and throw pillows (in the dining area).
Open & Accommodating
A microwave and bar area create a space for storing snacks and serving drinks outside the main work area of the kitchen. Equally attractive is the kitchen's abundance of storage. With frequent company, a huge refrigerator, freezer, and walk-in pantry easily accommodate hungry guests.
Featuring a secondary sink and expansive surfaces for food prep, buffets, and homework, this 8x5-foot island plays a big role in the kitchen. The island's bulk is softened by smooth marble and a warm wood finish. Over time, the marble will change and gain patina.
Gorgeous Glass Inserts
Handcrafted millwork adorns antique glass insets up high on Shaker-style cabinets. Careful placement of the cabinets' glass panels keeps contents concealed and blends charm with practicality. The inserts are a hallmark of the kitchen's design, recalling the past while boasting a modern edge.
Room to Dine and Unwind
Open to the kitchen, the dining area exemplifies a casual style. A dining set with wicker chairs, a dark-stained table, and colorful flowers provides a cozy area to entertain guests. A neutral color palette looks sophisticated and allows design flexibility with accent colors.
All-Encompassing Work Space
A carefully designed workstation -- complete with cubbies, open shelving, cabinets, and file drawers -- provides an in-kitchen spot to keep the household organized. As command central in the bustling household, the desk area was designed to keep paperwork accessible but out of sight.
A traditional Nantucket-style kitchen in this California home is a cook's dream -- and a family's comfortably spacious gathering place. A blend of sophisticated yet friendly styles, the kitchen is open to the family room. Pocket doors control light, noise, and privacy without isolating the room or hindering traffic.
Sophisticated yet comfortable styles work well for both everyday family use and special-occasion gatherings. The butcher-block-topped island, the larger of two in the kitchen, handles prep work and casual dining. A sunny breakfast room just off the kitchen offers more family-friendly dining space. Coffered ceilings add interest and carry the kitchen's design throughout the house.
A cook working between the professional-grade range and the butcher-block-topped island finds a vast amount of prep space and storage, as well as a group of convenient drawer-style appliances -- refrigerator, freezer, warming oven, and microwave. Located just opposite the range, the microwave drawer consolidates cooking functions.
In keeping with the goal of blending elegance and comfort, the formal look of the cabinetry is balanced by its soft white color and slightly distressed finish. Glass fronts on some upper cabinets further lighten the look. Here, the apron-front main sink conveys vintage farmhouse charm amid the traditional elegance of marble countertops.
Square footage alone doesn't make a kitchen work well -- rather, it's how the room is laid out. A professional-grade range includes two ovens, plus two wall ovens just steps away for an efficient work zone.
Clad in panels to match the cabinetry, the built-in refrigerator and separate freezer flank a 6-foot-deep walk-in pantry. The pantry offers storage that is easy to access -- and to hide. Tucked discreetly between the refrigerator and freezer, it puts the bulk of food storage on a single wall near the marble-topped island.
Warm & Welcoming
A less-cluttered look and more prep space were priorities for this 130-square-foot kitchen. Shifting the peninsula and the range created more room to move about, while restoring the room's ceiling to its original 9-foot height created a more spacious feel. A marble-topped peninsula with seating for two and dark-stained cabinets facing the dining room project a more formal look.
The homeowners, who like to cook together, opted for one sink with dual faucets to ease food prep and cleanup. Dark surfaces disguise messes and distinguish work zones in the kitchen.
An inefficient walk-in pantry was replaced with a tall cabinet that includes large roll-out shelves for food storage and designated areas for trays and platters. The pantry cabinet also features an open niche for cookbook storage and a built-in microwave.
The design goal was to create a clean look, which called for a soothing, natural color scheme. Dark walnut-color concrete was selected for the work surfaces and a contrasting Calacatta gold marble for the peninsula and backsplash. Fresh white-painted birch cabinets with recessed-panel doors and modern pulls establish a clean-lined look.
The doorway to the living room offers a pleasant and practical surprise: a barn-style door that slides out from behind the refrigerator. This space-saving solution melds style with efficiency and can close off the kitchen from the living room, if necessary.