Ornate Opulence

The heart and soul of a kitchen renovation is the elegant ornamentation that links it to the rest of the home

It became clear from the start that a Band-Aid approach was not enough to rescue the original kitchen of this Westminster home. The work triangle and flow didn’t function well, and the builder-grade materials didn’t live up to the rest of the grand Tuscan-style house. Soon after contacting Bev Adams, CMKBD, of Interior Intuitions, the homeowners realized that nothing less than major surgery was needed.

Adams began by reconfiguring the space, turning a little-used porch into a caterer’s kitchen and combining a butler’s pantry and wine cellar. She created a more functional flow in the main kitchen, basically designing a galley kitchen on one side of a large island and an entertainment area on the other. “Designing a kitchen is about people and where they are placed. The island’s shape and mass protect the cook while maintaining contact,” Adams says.

With a floor plan established, Adams went to work on the extensive ornamentation of the room. “It was a continuation of the thought process of the house, speaking in the same voice,” she says. Maple Ridge Cabinetry provided authentic European embellishment to the custom cabinets, with three-dimensional carvings and several rich, layered finishes of paint, stain and glaze.

Stately Schonbek crystal chandeliers light the multi-level island, which features a distressed finish, fine furniture details, Austrian leather upholstery and extra-thick Typhoon Bordeaux granite countertops with hand-carved rope edging. “The countertops are exceptionally beautiful,” says Adams. “The mass of this kitchen demands the extra heft.” The perimeter counters have an exaggerated ogee edge.

While the intricately carved and scrolled wooden armoires that house two refrigerators command attention, other elements draw the eye as well. Adams framed a Sonoma tile backsplash with a custom-designed extended range hood from Distinctive Mantels. Crown moldings up to five inches high vary in design and intricacy. Elegant curio cabinets rise to the ceiling in graceful arches.

The kitchen design includes a great deal of symbolism, repeating the columns, scrolls and acanthus-leaf motifs found elsewhere in the house. “The soul of the design is the ornamentation,” says Adams. “The circular scroll form, repeated in the light fixtures, hood, cabinetry and countertop edges, not only provides cohesiveness, it depicts the joy and love of family that is so important to the homeowners.”

Get the Look

  • Pull lower cabinets forward to allow extra countertop depth for counter-mounted upper cabinets.
  • Juxtapose different materials for greater effect, such as the granite and wood countertops on the multi-level island and the rustic split-face marble backsplash above polished granite counters.
  • Widen a range hood to encompass counter space on either side of the range.
  • Match chandeliers to those in other rooms of the house.

Design Details
Bev Adams, CMKBD
Interior Intuitions


Categories: Interiors, Kitchens