Deep grays, rich brown woods and accents of golden yellow work together to create a room that's comfortable and welcoming. Designer Linda Woodrum wanted to make the kitchen, the heart of every home, as inviting as possible. And the distinctive views of the mountain ridges and lake in one direction, and of the magnificent stacked stone fireplace and the outdoor living area in another direction, begged for special consideration.
Linda outlined the large view window with the same dark trim she used in the living room. The walls are painted a pale, neutral gray. Cabinets were custom-made for the house in a beautiful slate gray, and the Silestone countertop is \"Gray Amazon.\" Stainless-steel appliances continue the neutral color scheme. The various shades of gray provide a rich patina of color that blends beautifully with the warm wood of the center island and the chocolate brown rug in the eating area.
In a break with tradition, Linda chose to use four cozy armchairs in the eat-in seating area, upholstered in an inviting brown herringbone. \"I wasn't worried about having fabric in here because so many fabrics today are treated and easy to clean,\" Linda says. The chairs are gathered around a round table that was cut down by several inches to a more comfortable height. Throw pillows on the chairs are covered with a fanciful Schumacher leaf fabric: the very first item that she purchased for decorating HGTV Dream Home 2006.
The kitchen sink looks out onto the outdoor living room and the magnificent stacked-stone fireplace that matches the fireplace in the living room. A painting of golden yellow pears propped on the counter next to the sink offers a bright splash of color.
Tropical Hardwood Countertop
The center island is a beautifully handcrafted piece of furniture that is the true heart of the room. Local cabinetmaker Tom Kline built the base of the island out of chestnut he reclaims from old barns and other buildings. The wood is called \"wormy\" chestnut because it's pocked with distinctive little holes and defects originally created by insect infestations more than 75 years ago. The countertop is made from ipé, a dense tropical Brazilian hardwood. The massive slab weighs more than 500 pounds and required eight men to carry into the house and set it in place.