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
Filed under: Kitchen Appliance, Kitchen Design, Kitchens, Asian Style, Contemporary Style, Appliances
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In the butler's pantry, which transitions the traditional front of the house to the contemporary back, the cabinets are stained and glazed open-knotted cherry with copper patina counters. Appliances are integrated with cherry fronts. A circular, undermount prep sink with an open front, like a farm sink, is made of limestone that resembles petrified wood, and topped with an Herbeau faucet in weathered copper and brass. The ceiling light fixture in the butler's pantry is a brass Arts and Crafts pendant from the 1930s.
In the main kitchen, Jennifer went with Bruck track lighting and recessed adjustable xenon lights. Xenon, like halogen, gives off a "nice bright light," says Jennifer, but the bulbs last longer and don't get as hot as halogen, which makes them a great under-cabinet lighting option, too. The floors in both rooms are 5-inch and 9-inch reclaimed oak wood planks.
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