HGTV Urban Oasis 2012: Kitchen Pictures
A crisp white palette, chrome accents and marble surfaces elevate the design of the contemporary-style kitchen at HGTV Urban Oasis.
To maximize space and storage options, the unit's standard kitchen was blown out and cabinetry installed to ceiling height.
Gold Calacatta marble, a medium that boasts dramatic veining in shades akin to the apartment's own color palette, wraps a 6-foot island. "This island was to feel more furniture-like because you see it from the living room," says Lindsay. "I wanted it to be the statement of the kitchen."
Inspired by the blues of Biscayne Bay, accessories and artwork provide the needed punch of color that stands in contrast to the kitchen's crisp white canvas.
Mixed-media wall art, purchased in Miami's design district, lends texture and connects to Urban's tropical location. "We have a lot of natural references to help warm up this area," says Lindsay.
Following house planner Jack Thomasson's directive to develop sleek Miami-style interiors, Lindsay Pumpa selected all-white cabinetry. To modernize traditional styling, she added linear handles and frosted-glass fronts.
Building upon the space's modern aesthetic, a flush-set built-in oven and microwave drawer are framed in classic stainless steel.
Frosted-glass subway tile and man-made quartz countertops provide a neutral canvas, animated by artwork, tropical foliage and casual fruit and floral arrangements.
Solid birch cabinetry replaces the apartment's original stock arrangement. Custom touches include steel bar pulls and frosted-glass fronts, which provide a blurred view of porcelain dinnerware.
A contemporary play on the classic farmhouse form, a stainless steel apron-front sink boasts clean, simple lines that stand in contrast to the articulated faucet, which pivots to accommodate cleaning tasks large and small.
Polished-nickel pendant lights illuminate the entertaining island. To keep views unobstructed, clear-glass globes were removed from lighting fixtures.
The island front, clad in frosted-glass subway tile, references other linear details sprinkled throughout the apartment's open living space. "Pairing tile with the marble top lends more visual interest and texture," says Lindsay.
The third try was a charm in the apartment's dining area, where a gray oak and chrome table trumped both reclaimed wood and clear-glass options. "We ended up with the dark wood and I'm so happy we did," says Lindsay. "We needed more dark to break up the white."
The bubble shape of the Caviar Cluster Chandelier, designed by Laura Kirar, continues a subtle sea life and ocean theme. "I've been in love with this light fixture for a year and a half now," says Lindsay, who knew the design ideally suited this particular space.
Organic elements include an olive wood cutting board and recycled glass bottles, which reference Florida's tropical waters.
An installation of glass panels, inspired by the design of glass railing in Paramount Bay's lobby, draws the eye toward ocean views and offers a creative alternative to traditional artwork.
Handcrafted by HGTV Urban Oasis contractor Bruce Harwood, glass panels tie back to the kitchen subway tile. "This is a great non-obtrusive texture to break up that big wall," adds Lindsay. "And it helps carry on the color variation of white-dark, white-dark."
Italian-style slider chairs, upholstered in gray leather, provide visual relief from an all-white kitchen and living room palette.
Stainless steel table and chair legs were selected over heavy wood or slipcovered surfaces to keep the room vignette "light, airy and very streamlined," says Lindsay.
The dining area opens to the living room, where full-length floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer glorious views of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach.