Kitchen Cooks Up Fusion of East and West
Taking Craftsman bungalow design back to its Asian influences, designer Jennifer Gilmer remodels her own kitchen into a contemporary, soothing cooking space.
- By Jenny Nash
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The term "Asian fusion" is bandied about in design circles like a ping-pong ball, but one designer truly merged Eastern-influenced design into her Craftsman 1928 Sears bungalow. Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd. in Chevy Chase, Md., sees her redesign as taking the house back to its roots, because, she notes, Craftsman and Arts and Crafts styles are based on Asian influences.
Jennifer added a two-story addition on the back of the bungalow after removing part of the roof and top floor. "We retained the bungalow feel on the front, but made the back contemporary Asian with sliding doors that look like shoji screens," she says. "So, the kitchen is very contemporary."
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