design elements in Patty and Kevin Van Kampen’s Shorewood
kitchen create a dynamic design. A circular soffit is echoed
in the concentric circular detail on the wood floor and a
curved countertop separates the dining and cooking areas.
For Patty and Kevin Van Kampen of
Shorewood it was time to transform their 1950s style kitchen area to
achieve an updated, classic aesthetic. Although the Van Kampens admit
they don’t spend a lot of time actually cooking in the kitchen, they
wanted the space to be light, bright and enjoyable.
"They wanted to see the lake from
any spot in the kitchen, and they wanted to let more light in by
adding a window to the south wall," says Dick Frozé, owner of
Frozé Design-Build, whose firm, along with interior designer Peg
Winters, worked on the project.
Frozé produced a digital image of the
home with an oval window inserted on the south wall. The photo helped
guide the team through the decision-making process as it strived to
maintain the integrity of the architecture. In addition, a new window
over the sink helped take further advantage of Lake Michigan views.
Curved and circular design elements
offered the team a challenge, but resulted in a unique feature that
creates a dynamic design. The design of the dining space takes
advantage of curved elements in the architecture. A circular soffit
was developed with a concentric circular detail duplicated on the
floor. Three different types of wood create the circular pattern on
the floor, while a decorative mural highlights the ceiling soffit.
expansion and close attention to detail allowed Brian and Judy
Moran to achieve a more functional kitchen. A pot filler,
hidden bins for garbage, recyclables and laundry and metal
front bins for root vegetables as well as special storage for
bottled water are some of the amenities.
A coffered detail highlights the
remainder of the ceiling. A pale yellow with crisp white moulding
creates a classic aesthetic. The yellow walls and white trim combined
with the increased amount of natural light gives the space a cheerful
atmosphere. White cabinetry, green granites and ceramic tile details
of blue, burgundy and yellow infuse more color into the space. These
colors are predominant in a variety of area rugs as well as artwork by
the couple’s favorite artist.
While the Van Kampens enjoy the space
it is also home to their three miniature dachshunds, Oscar, Fred and
Ginger. The mural artist painted their likeness onto the dining room
wall. An adjacent laundry room, which doubles as the doggy lounge,
showcases the Oscar, Fred and Ginger Christmas card collection. Door
pulls with dog faces are part of the décor for the storage cabinets
within this space. Closets, under-the-counter washer and dryer
placement and a drop-off counter are all part of the design. A yellow
and white stripe offers continuity to the adjacent kitchen area.
"This was a dated house. This
project updated it and gave it a classic style," Kevin says.