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Plain and fancy
The room once hidden behind a door now takes center stage in many homes where entertaining blends with daily life

By LSW Staff

Nichols Kitchen

Therese and Tom Nichols decided on an English urban feeling for the kitchen in their Elm Grove home. They called Susan Stockton of London by Design to help with the decorating. Stockton suggested a fruit theme which works well with the red oak flooring, custom-glazed maple cabinetry and tropical brown granite countertops by Giallo Veneziano. The polished chrome Kohler plumbing fixtures and stainless steel appliances by GE, Dacor and Bosch add to the urban feel. The home was built by Ruvin Bros. Artisans & Trades and Past Basket installed the cabinets. "It’s very functional and bright," says Therese Nichols. "I like all the light coming in through the windows."

Miller Kitchen

Standing in Gary Miller’s Delafield kitchen makes you want to rev up the Harley and go for a ride. The bachelor chose a Harley-Davidson theme when he asked Kerzner Remodeling and Construction to remodel the space. Gary added color to the room by replacing the white Formica cabinets with black granite and switching to a lighter cabinet color. Two skylights were also added over the dinette area adjacent to the kitchen. Gary says his favorite part of the room is the glass and stainless steel vent hood on the far wall.

Westgate Kitchen

The kitchen in Laurie and David Westgate’s Elm Grove home provides plenty of space for preparing meals. The large butcher block covered island is certainly the focal point. People can congregate on one end of the island where three chairs are located while the cook can spread out to make a meal at the other end. The Brazilian cherry wood floor adds to the splendor of the space and works well with the off-white cabinets, which were built by The Streff Shop in Port Washington. Brian Brunkhorst built the home.

Klingaman Kitchen

Mary and Russ Klingaman of Brookfield were looking for a more functional space and updated look when they asked Tim Benkowski of timothy j kitchen & bath in Delafield to remodel their kitchen. The couple chose a Craftsman style look with quarter-sawn oak cabinets and cork flooring over the popular lighter wood colors seen frequently in today’s newer homes. Mary says the couple chose the oak because of its warmth and timeless appeal. The couple moved an exterior wall to allow more space for the granite-topped island. The custom-stained glass pieces hanging in the transom space were designed and created by Victoria Leuck of Victoria’s Art Glass of Burlington.