The Demetree family loves to cook together — especially food from their Lebanese-Arabic heritage. With three nearly grown children who like to get in on the action, they needed a really big kitchen. The homeowners had to have a kitchen big enough to accommodate five adult-size people all cooking at once. To do so, they called in not one, but two designers. Designer Matthew Quinn gave them the large cozy feel they were seeking, while designer Todd Prince brought the room to life with artful ceramics and rich red walls.
To make sure everyone has a place to work, the kitchen has two islands instead of one big one. Having both islands allows for maximum prep space and countertop surface. The countertops are covered in an elegant mix of copper and granite.
This kitchen has lots of storage and is very well organized. Even the narrowest spaces were put to good use. Next to the stove and sink are narrow pullout drawers to house everything from dishtowels to barbecue sauces.
This storage-happy family now has two pantries–one for food and one that is devoted entirely to dishes. Built into the yellow wall of the dish pantry is an interesting dowel system that holds platters of various sizes. Underneath that are drawers for all types of specialty items, including one with built-in pegs that are designed specifically for holding napkin rings.
The big red hutch really adds a warm pop of color to the room. The hutch provides even more storage for the homeowner's glassware and collection of cake plates.
The beautiful four-piece ceramic tile backsplash is the central focal point in the cooktop area. The homeowners used the colors in the patterned tile as an inspiration for the rest of the room. The red brick wall is not brick at all. It is actually a glazed ceramic tile with a deep crackle finish.
The homeowners decided to take the crackle finish in the kitchen and continue it in the breakfast room. To get the texture on the walls they were first painted burgundy. Then a type of sizing agent was applied on top, followed by a layer of plaster. As the sizing agent dries, cracks appear in the plaster. The ceiling also has a unique textured look; it is covered in paper that has a leather-look, faux-alligator skin.