Host Joan Kohn visits a new kitchen whose design was clearly influenced by the graceful proportions and elaborate style of Greek revival architecture.
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Architect Jay Gleysteen created an elegant and inviting kitchen using rich, traditional colors, columns and gentle geometrics.
- Rare and stunning blue Brazilian granite used for the countertops set the color scheme for the kitchen
- Fluted half-pipe columns and a classic door style and hardware add Greek revival touches in the kitchen.
- The goals for the kitchen’s design included a room that would be the center of family activities, that accommodated a serious cook, and that took advantage of the wonderful views.
- The large kitchen is open to the main family room and adjoins smaller rooms (the butler’s pantry and food storage pantry) through short corridors.
- To blend with the unusual blue granite counters, the island was built with deep blue base cabinets and an unstained cherry wood top with a rubbed oil finish. The island houses a prep sink and dishwasher.
- Appliances include a side-by-side refrigerator with cabinetry panels and a double-oven gas cooker with convection heat.
- Glazed and crackled off-white tile was used for the hearth surround for the large cooker. A dark high-contrast grout was used to emphasize the crackling as well as the tile design. The inlaid design is surrounded with egg-and-dart molding, another Greek revival detail.
- Silver-toned metals are used for hardware, faucetry and lighting.
- The less-casual breakfast area has an octagonal shape, with windows on three sides. White beadboard wainscoting sits beneath yellow walls, while the coved ceiling and indirect lighting echoes the floor’s shape.
- The butler’s pantry has cabinetry painted dark blue with seeded glass fronts for the upper cabinets, and a dark mahogany counter.
- Open, shallow shelving was used in the food storage pantry so items wouldn’t get lost in the back. A wine cooler is located in the pantry.
Interior changes emanate an easy elegance, yet maintain the house's character.