Ron and Linda Kohl White called upon Wisconsin Kitchen Mart to
solve their kitchen design challenges. A priority for the couple was
to include an island in the design. However, this posed the biggest
challenge. Luckily, designer Janell Rasper found extra inches by
extending the depth of the couple’s bay window to the floor.
"We improved the travel space throughout the house and were able
to separate the cooking and prep area from the main circulation,"
says Rasper. While the design added circulation and counter space, the
aesthetic details were not ignored. "Lauren had a lot of
input," says Rasper. "She is artistic and was very involved
in the process, so in the end we were able to create a very
individualistic design that I must compliment her on." The finish
selections create an Old World feel that suits the Kohls’ 1927
Schley English Tudor. Cherry cabinetry, travertine tile, a combination
of granites, brushed stainless steel, Venetian plaster and leaded
glass create warmth and sophistication in this space.
Furniture-inspired details, crown mouldings and a portrait of the
Madonna complete this elegant kitchen.
Working with Dick Frozé of Frozé Design-Build Inc., Scott and
Jodi Lukach were able to gain cooking space and create improved
traffic flow. "The goal was to make sure that when we were done,
we had designed a space that would make their dream a reality,"
says Frozé. Tuscan-inspired elements, such as glazed and distressed
finishes, add elegance and warmth to this multi-functional kitchen and
family area. A Williamsburg-inspired color palette, including a
combination of creamy white, gold and burnt umber, creates a glow
throughout this space. Ebony-stained floors and furnishings finished
in a distressed black add a level of sophistication. This elegance is
continued with material selections such as granite for the countertops
and a tumbled marble for the backsplash. The sleekness of the
stainless steel double oven combines with the tumbled marble to create
a feature wall in the kitchen. A distressed moulding disguises the
hood and frames the wall to add to this distinct focal point.
"The term ‘cocooning’ comes to mind when I think of this
project," says Frozé. "That is what we accomplished: a real
comfortable space to come home to."
Jock and Linda Mutschler love the history of their early 1900s home
and wanted a kitchen renovation that paid close attention to period
details. Working with Wisconsin Kitchen Mart, they were able to
research the history of their kitchen in order to bring back its
original aesthetic while upgrading it with modern conveniences.
Designer Janell Rasper located old drawings of the kitchen to guide
the renovation. Due to the more utilitarian nature of kitchens of that
period, she worked with the couple to create additional details in
line with the architecture of the home. "I mimicked details from
the front foyer to create wainscoting in the kitchen," says
Rasper. "As the kitchen would have been more of a servant’s
quarters, this is not an original detail, but adds to the aesthetic of
the space today." Due to the mixed Craftsman and Revival style of
the home, wood was a key material in this design. Maple hardwood
floors and quarter sewn oak for the cabinets create warmth throughout
the space. Simple in detail, the cabinets offer a recessed panel
Revival door style with an inset door frame. The cabinets extend to
the ceiling and are finished with a Shaker crown moulding. A few
select cabinets are detailed with leaded glass from Oxford Studios.
Restoration Hardware served as a great resource for retro bin pulls
and antique brass hinges show the complete attention to detail in this
space. While some stainless appliances are visible and infuse this
kitchen with a modern edge, many appliances are disguised with panel
fronts. Venetian Gold granite countertops and antique light fixtures
from Europe add to the glow of this refined interior.