meticulously detailed kitchen, StonePeak Ceramics rusty
brown porcelain tile in Antique Cotto covers the floor,
and the patterned white concrete tile backsplash adds an
visual element of surprise.
The basic elements of good design for a remodel are
to create a space that meets the client’s lifestyle, functional and
budgetary requirements while establishing an aesthetic that honors
the architectural character of the home.
This was Angela Westmore’s approach when a client requested a remodel to
combine the kitchen and sunroom of her Whitefish Bay Tudor home as part
of a do-over for the entire house. While the areas had good bones — a
roomy kitchen with an arched doorway entrance and a charming sunroom
overlooking the backyard — both presented challenges.
Among the problems were “a tired look”; unorganized spaces; dated
equipment, cabinets and styling; and no direct kitchen access to the
First Westmore, a design/build manager, integrated the two spaces by
gutting the rooms and moving doors and walls. She then transformed the
previously awkward layout into a beautiful, spacious kitchen, rich in
detail, that flows effortlessly into a bright, airy sunroom.
Her design played off a piece of Renoir quartzite, her favorite feature.
The richly marbled stone with rust and brown veining and a luxurious
“leather” finish from Stone Design creates a stunning top for a
wire-brushed, white-oak island cabinet embellished with druzy quartz
The quartzite provides a foundation for the layering of textures and
colors that are key to Westmore’s design approach. Meticulous details
present a visual banquet, from the distressed butternut ceiling beams
and the Italian plaster Marmorino Veneziano Carrara, hand-finished with
a trowel by Carrie Chimenti, to warm woodwork and white cabinets.
Every element adds to this kitchen’s relaxed sophistication. Completing
the look are Renoir quartzite in a polished finish for the cabinet
counters, an antiqued zinc range hood from Scathain, custom-made wrought
iron lanterns from Steven Handelman Studios, wood French doors coated
with an iron-based paint that replicates rust, and traditional
diamond-shaped lead grilles designed by Deb Pettit of SGO Designer
Glass, which are inset with Scathain mirrored panels for the windows and
cabinet doors. The pairing combines Old World techniques with modern
and airy sunroom is a natural extension of the kitchen —
a continuation of the home’s overall “Zen feeling,” says
the project’s interior designer.
As the sun streams through the windows, the kitchen’s
burnished ambiance is warm and welcoming. Along with the aesthetics,
the functional features shine. For a work area one can navigate with
convenience and ease, Westmore chose the latest appliances and
fixtures, created the central island/seating area, and selected
deluxe and practical amenities — such as a wall-mounted Herbeau
pot-filler behind the range, Franke Fireclay sink and heated floors
in both areas.
The relaxed atmosphere carries through the French doors into the
tranquil sunroom. With its white wood and brick walls, stunning Palazzo
Florentina Deco white-on-gray patterned tile, arched Kolbe windows and
plush furnishings, it echoes “the effortless Zen feeling” of the rest of
the house, says interior designer Mary Best.
from the linen upholstery and wool rug to the aged, carved-oak chest and
metal Moroccan tray table, are in concert with the kitchen’s
appointments. This casual but elegant room invites you to sit back and
read or enjoy conversation and wine with friends. The room flows into an
outdoor entertainment area, continuing the home’s congenial personality.