Ten Interesting Things about This Asian Inspired Kitchen

This kitchen designed by Signature Kitchens of Vienna Virginia is used by the homeowner to create fabulous meals and do major entertaining.  But it also had to function for her eight grandchildren who are in her kitchen daily. Let’s see what makes the space special.

Waypoint's style 650S in Maple Honey

Waypoint's style 650S in Maple Honey. Photo compliments of Signature Kitchens of Vienna Virginia

  1. The Maple Honey finished cabinets in style 650S have clean simple lines. They are warm, comforting and a change from all the painted finishes we are seeing today
  2. Etched bamboo glass inserts reflect the homeowners’ Asian heritage
  3. Open soffits give the cabinets a furniture look
  4. The microwave location is convenient for the primary cook but also enough out of the way that it can be used to re-heat meals without interfering with meal preparation.
  5. Neutral wall color and tile flooring allow the mosaic back splash and glass inserts to take the limelight
  6. Layered lighting (always the best way to go) includes recessed lighting, pendants and under cabinet lights
  7. The wide pantry balances the refrigerator on the microwave wall. Large vertical cabinets and appliances take up a lot of visual space and look best at the end of cabinet runs.
  8. The large gas range and vent hood are perfect for the homeowner who is an excellent cook and they are the focal point of the kitchen.
  9. A stainless back splash behind the range makes for easy cleaning. Tile is easy too but one smooth surface is even better.
  10. The two-level island is unusual because the eating area is lowered to table height. It’s great for meals as well as doing homework.

The granite pattern on the island is called Wasabi which is a perfect fit for a kitchen with an Asian feel.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Corner Entertainment Center Serves Many Purposes

Waypoint's style 610S in painted maple

Photo provided by Allhouse Kitchens of Keyport NY in Waypoint's style 610S in painted maple

A corner fireplace and built-in combination is the focal point of this lovely living room. Its large size is imposing but what is interesting to me is how many features were incorporated by Allhouse Kitchens of Keyport NJ. The fireplace is charming and combined with the television above it pretty much fills up the center section. But not without slipping in a couple of storage cubes to hold wine bottles for good measure.

The granite mantle is supported by a deep decorative built-up of moldings that adds mass. The granite mantle matches the raised hearth. Decorative columns have applied ornamentation to continue the highly detailed look.

I love the book shelves stacked over wall cabinets placed on rich molded bases that wrap around the wall and becomes the room’s baseboard. Picture frame molding finishes off the exposed sides. The whole corner unit is designed in a painted finish that keeps the area light and elegant.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Bedroom Built-ins are a Surprising Use for Kitchen Cabinetry

This metropolitan client of Lifestyle Space Design had recently remodeled their kitchen using Waypoint cabinetry and now they were thinking about upgrading their master bedroom. Their wish list included a light, warm, welcoming and relaxing space that would replace a set of dark, bulky conventional bedroom furniture. Ample storage for the couple was critical too.

Waypoint's style 720F in Maple Honey

Photo compliments of Lifestyle Space Design of New York, NY. Bedroom built-ins in Waypoint's style 720F in Maple Honey cabinetry.

What developed during the design process was a room with a unique bed surround in Maple Honey finish. It offers remarkable storage and gives a custom look to the bedroom. The Wall Top Hinge flip up cabinets are perfect for out of season clothing and I especially like the little cubbies created on either side of the headboard. I’m a big reader and having a handy spot to store nighttime reading books is something that really appeals to me. It leaves the tops of the matching night stands clear for an alarm clock, other necessities as well as a decorative accessory or two. Tall end panels on either side of the built-in give a cozy, private feeling to the bed space.

The matching dresser is part of the storage plan with His and Her drawer stacks and a wide mirror with matching molding trimming the edge.  Note the decorative furniture feet on the dresser.  They give a furniture look combined with the study construction of modular cabinetry. A tall book shelf houses a television on an articulating arm so it can be comfortably seen from the bed.Talk about a dream bedroom and all done with standard cabinetry and some design ingenuity.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Kitchen Remodel Helps a Historic Home Shine

Waypoint's style 650F in Maple Linen and Cherry Chocolate

AFTER photo compliments of VAMAC, Inc. of Richmond Virginia. Waypoint's style 650F

I love older homes. They have character that is hard to find in a new house. On the other hand, no one wants to live in a home with a real period kitchen. Still, we have to take the architecture of a home into consideration when doing a renovation.  And that is just what the homeowners did in this remodeling project. As you can see in the BEFORE photo (below), the room had good bones: lots of natural light, an exterior door with a transom above and delicious wide casings. However, the space lacked an efficient work space

Before photo

BEFORE photo compliments of VAMAC, Inc. of Richmond Virginia

and warmth.

The homeowner asked the designers at VAMAC, Inc. of Richmond Virginia for a design that would restore the historic look to their kitchen. In doing a sensitive remodeling, the windows and molding were left but the dated floor tile was replaced with a mid-tone hardwood. It’s completely on-trend today, and yet is just right for an older home.

The painted cabinets in a Shaker door style (Maple Linen finish in style 650F) are a perfect choice for a historic home.  The dark wood island gives the look of a furniture piece that was added to the original kitchen at a much later date. That helps create a look appropriate for an older home.  Classic subway tile was chosen for the backsplash. Playing off these traditional choices are the simple glass pendant lights and contemporary vent hood over the island. The stainless steel farm sink with a goose neck faucet are modern interpretations of classic elements. Some of my favorite looks are those that artfully combine traditional with contemporary elements. This room does just that.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

The Rest of the Story: the Great Kitchen Behind the Room Divider

Last week we talked about the room divider (seen here at the end of the room) with the promise of taking a look at the rest of this kitchen by B H Design + Build of Mohnton PA. For me, one of the interesting things about this space is the use of texture. In interior design, texture   plays an extremely important role.  Smooth, shiny surfaces reflect light and softer, rougher items like upholstery absorb sounds and add visual variety. Both are artfully displayed in this project.

Waypoint's style 720F

Waypoint's style 720F. Photo compliments of B H Design + Build of Mohnton PA

It’s just the sort of room I would love to run my hand over all the surfaces. I never could keep my hands off a beautiful room. Some of my favorites:

  • The hand scraped flooring has the look of reclaimed wood.
  • The special tile mosaic medallion behind the range top (love it!) adds pattern and texture
  • Well-designed molding treatments on the top of the wall cabinets as well as the softly rounded light rail are great finishing touches
  • The contrast between the Maple Espresso island and the elegant painted cabinetry
  • The stunning clear glass globe pendant lights over the island with old fashion looking light bulbs

This kitchen is the stuff of dreams.But the basics of good design haven’t been ignored either. The counter space is luxuriously generous as is the storage. The double deep (two sided) island brings the work space in closer proximity to the burners and the ends of the island’s cabinetry are nicely finished off with decorative door panels….all in one package.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Room Divider Provides Storage and Style

Not every room needs a totally open floor plan. This space designed by B &H Design + Build of Mohnton, PA is the perfect example of how this might work.  A divider made from cabinet components in style 720 Maple Espresso serves a number of purposes without totally closing in the space. Clear glass on the upper wall cabinets with mullions and the center opening keep it open and airy.

Waypoint's style 720 in Maple Espresso

Photo compliments of B H Design + Build of Mohnton PA

Yes, the divider gives division to the large room and makes design sense of two support columns. It also adds storage to both the kitchen and family room. The back of the divider  provides wall space for the sofa which in turn creates a great conversation area.

The rich cabinet molding at the ceiling and below the upper center cabinets fit the elegance of the home. If you’re like me, you’ve been sneaking a peak at the fabulous kitchen beyond the room divider. Next week we’ll take a detailed look at the main part of this kitchen designed for a serious cook.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces