Cooking With the Heart
See a kitchen with casual Spanish-style decor.
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Robin and Herbert Grant are originally from Maine, but when they discovered desert golfing in Phoenix while on vacation a few years ago, they fell in love with the Southwest and decided to make it their home away from home. Back in Maine, the Grant residence was an old Colonial house with lots of antiques. For their new house in Phoenix, which is now their primary home, Robin knew she wanted to change her style, but she still wanted to accommodate her love of antiques. After researching countless books and magazines, she decided on a Spanish-style decor.
The Grants' kitchen has the deliberate look of age with antiqued ceiling beams and pine flooring. A color scheme of sage and butterscotch was inspired by the granite Robin chose for the countertop.
The stove area has the look of an old Spanish fireplace with a tiled backsplash and rustic corbels flanking the cooktop. Other architectural touches include a column that was cut down to serve as a room divider between the kitchen and family room. Robin removed the green paint to reveal a gold leaf patina. Antique confessional doors from Mexico were used for the pantry doors.
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