The Kitchen We’re Crushing on Right Now

Kitchen Crush

By Marybeth Bizjak
Photography by Kat Alves
Design: Kerrie Kelly Design Lab; Lori Brazier, lead designer
Countertops: Dekton by Cosentino
Appliances: Ferguson
Custom Range Hood: Modern-Aire
Pendants: Rejuvenation
Barstools: Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
Paint: Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist (walls) and Kentucky Haze (island)

WHEN YOU HAVE three small children and two dogs (including a puppy!), life can be kind of crazy. So the kitchen needs to be the calm in the center of the storm. The owners of this Granite Bay home turned to Kerrie Kelly Design Lab for help in creating a family hub that works hard and looks great. “They wanted a European aesthetic with modern conveniences,” says Kelly. “We did a lot of mixing of old and new.”

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1. The countertops are made of Dekton, an engineered glass-and-quartz product that’s literally bulletproof. “It has the look and feel of Carrara marble without the maintenance,” says designer Kerrie Kelly. And the square-edge profile is “a little more modern.”

2. Originally, the homeowner wanted “marble everywhere,” says designer Lori Brazier. “We said no. It’s beautiful, but it soaks up every little thing.” The homeowner still got her way with the backsplash, made of Carrara subway tile. Behind the cooktop, a decorative backsplash of smaller Carrara bricks is bordered in hexagonal marble tile.

3. The cabinets are an upgraded Shaker design, with a small reveal to give a shadow line. The pulls are extra long for a comfortable grab and made of brushed nickel so fingerprints won’t show.

4. The appliances include two stacked wall ovens. The one on top has double doors for ease of opening.

5. The floor looks like wide-plank wood but is actually porcelain tile. It’s tough and durable as all get-out.

6. The lighted upper cabinets are glass-fronted to showcase the homeowner’s pretty pottery and copper collections.

7. The massive island contains a microwave drawer and a handy icemaker, allowing the kids to help themselves. “The icemaker is paneled, so it goes away,” says Brazier.

8. The pendants have clear glass shades “because we didn’t want to obstruct the view of the range and hood,” says Kelly.

9. Kelly and Brazier opted for pull-out drawers in the base cabinets. “I like to do drawers instead of cabinets,” Kelly says. “You can store a lot more. Plus things don’t get lost and forgotten like they do in the back of a cabinet.”

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