cremone bolts add an eclectic touch to the blue painted
cabinets. Keeping the footprint of the kitchen intact, Peabody’s
Interiors designer Emily Winters designed rolling carts of
reclaimed wood that serve multiple functions for cooking,
entertaining and dining.
Wanting to redo
her kitchen without completely starting from scratch, Kris O’Meara
was inspired by two things: painted blue cabinets she had seen in
House Beautiful magazine and a dining experience at Eddie Martini’s
"When I saw
that picture in House Beautiful I thought that was more the character
of our house. Ever since then I wanted to figure out a way to have my
kitchen feel just like that," O’Meara says.
The dinner was
an impromptu event she shared with her husband, Mark, and their then
10-year-old son while one of their three daughters was at a high
school dance. "The only place they could fit us in was at the
bar. It was cozy and fun. I wanted to re-create that experience in our
kitchen," O’Meara says.
As the hosts of
many charitable and social events through the years — including an
event with former Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan — the old
kitchen layout was cramped and rigid.
collaborated with their longtime designer Emily Winters of Peabody’s
Interiors to freshen up the space. The ceramic tile floor was replaced
with reclaimed whiskey tank wood flooring and the cabinets were
painted the House Beautiful blue. Winters designed island carts with
tops made from antique wine barrels, improved the task and decorative
lighting in the space and created a cook’s kitchen for O’Meara
that includes a pot rack and butcher-block counters.
island carts give the O’Mearas the flexibility they needed within
the space. "They give us more storage, I can cook on them, use
them as a serving place or push them together and sit at them," O’Meara
new kitchen is befitting of the historic home, built in 1935 by one of
West Bend’s most prestigious families, the Zieglers. It later served
as a home to the Sisters of the Divine Savior. The O’Meara’s have
lived there for nearly 20 years.
like it’s a funky way of bringing that house forward," Winters
says. "We’ve maintained the integrity of the house, so to
speak. There is nothing worse in my mind than taking a brand new
kitchen and plunking it into an old house.
"It was a
fun sort of evolution," she says.
chairs surrounding the island are made from reclaimed wood and
lend a slight cabin feel to the motif with tree carvings found
on the back of each chair.
A first floor
remodeling project in this Eagle home resulted in an open and airy
kitchen with plenty of views of the lake.
of Delafield gutted the space, installing new windows, a sliding door
and hardwood floors. "The kitchen was a classic Wisconsin 1980s
oak kitchen," says Terri Schmidt, owner of Dream Kitchens.
The new room has
a Southwestern motif combined with a rustic feel that works perfectly
in the rural setting. The new island has a custom blue finish that
continues the Southwest flavor along with the Crema Bordeaux granite
in a cornucopia of colors, including cream, blue, brown and red tones.
The knotty alder
custom cabinets were finished in a darker brown shade that lend a nice
contrast to the blue-colored island and wood floors, according to
were rearranged to accompany the new flow pattern more efficiently,
including the installation of the a new Wolf cook range in the island.
island is topped with a quartz material and black granite. The
island is cherry, as are the range hood and some of the
cabinets, while other cabinets are maple. By layering the wood
tones along with the colors from other elements in the room,
such as the tile and the counters, designer Gwen Adair
coordinates it all to pull the design scheme together. She
chose a clean-lined cabinet doors and simple hardware to keep
the look clean and crisp.
Mix and Match
Zimmerman had been dreaming of a kitchen remodel for a good 20 or more
years. When she and husband Richard looked into replacing some
flooring in an adjoining hallway, the timing was right to redo the
kitchen of their Franklin home. "It evolved into more than it
originally started out, but we knew it needed to be done,"
Theresa Zimmerman says.
They worked with
Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme by Adair to eliminate some "design
flaws" from their 1960s kitchen, such as soffits that boxed in
the kitchen area from the family room. In the old layout you were
standing in a hallway when you opened the refrigerator.
the layout, Adair relocated the sink to the island, making the custom
wood range hood and decorative tile work a focal point from the front
entry. The two-tier island hides the sink from view and also offers
storage and seating. A bamboo floor now extends from the kitchen, down
the hallway and into the living room, making it easier for the
Zimmermans’ adult son to get around in his wheelchair.
A new lighting
plan includes recessed lighting, pendants and cabinet lighting.
kitchen is a good example of a traditional home moving into a more
contemporary design," Adair says.
new kitchen is conducive for cooking as everything is within
reach, and also for entertaining with the large island and
adjoining table. The window overlooks the backyard and expands
the room visually. "A skylight ceiling emulates natural
daylight and brings a brightness and freshness to the
room," says architect Richard Scherer. The white and
off-white tones enlarge the space and give it a feeling of
openness, he says.
When Kevin and
Kate Moss’ Wauwatosa home was built in the 1930s, the front door
faced Menomonee River Parkway. Though they imagine guests in the 1930s
might have entered the home that way, the street-side door is more
convenient than walking all the way around the house for both the
homeowners and their guests.
So when Richard
Scherer of Deep River Partners architects suggested swapping the
kitchen and the foyer in a prospective remodel, the homeowners were
thrilled. "That was a completely new idea," Kate Moss says.
"That was the thing that made all the difference in the
kitchen becomes the heart of the home, the central point from where
the other spaces radiate," Scherer says.
visitors enter from the street side, there is a new foyer and home
office where the kitchen was; the new kitchen overlooks the parkway
and the yard, and a new rear entry and mudroom are much more
functional for family living.
"It is much
more fun to have people over," Moss says, "Even just day to
day the family can gather easily." m