When two-time Grammy winner Jon Secada isn't melting hearts on the road, he likes to spice things up at home in his Italian-style kitchen with his wife, Mari, and their two children.
When Mari was planning the space, she looked to classic Italian villas for her inspiration. She wanted an Old World, Tuscan-style kitchen that was not only beautiful, but also functional and durable enough to accommodate their big family.
The island, with its built-in seating area, is one of the most popular gathering spots in the home. Leading out of the kitchen is a solid-mahogany pocket door adorned with iron accents that make it look like it came from an old European castle or church.
In keeping with the Old World style, the homeowners decided to use rich cherry wood for their cabinets. The wood was given an aged appearance using a distressing technique and then a crackle-type finish. The refrigerator and dishwasher were fitted with the distressed cherry panels to match the cabinetry.
The Old World feel is accentuated by brick tile backsplash and natural granite countertops.
Jon's parents owned a coffee shop when he was a child, so being able to create the perfect blend is important to him. His favorite part of the kitchen is the coffee area, which includes the latest high-tech gadgets to help him brew a perfect cup.
Above the large stove is a magnificent handpainted hearth in a warm terra-cotta color. Besides the large commercial-type oven, the homeowners had a microwave and smaller oven built into the wall for preparing quick, smaller meals.
Topping off the room's decor is the stunning window treatment. A rich, tapestry-style fabric hangs from stylish hardware to block out some of the bright Florida sunshine. Warm pendant lights hung over the island provide a nice glow.