Kitchens: Magic of Metal & Wood

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Story by Ann Butenas  |  Photos by Matt Kocourek

While most works of art in homes tend to hang from the walls, this particular Brookside residence boasts a true pièce de résistance within its walls in the form of this one-of-a-kind kitchen.

Having recently undergone a complete remodeling experience, this space confidently speaks its mind and enjoys the results with a plethora of unique touches and finishes.

“This kitchen had been remodeled in the past, but the client didn’t feel it truly fit with the style of the rest of the house, which is actually older than the style the kitchen previously had,” noted designer Genevieve Hamel, AKBD, ASID of Kitchens by Kleweno. “The client wanted to open it up a bit and brighten the area but was adamant about keeping it to the style of the home. She had old hardware that, while not a perfect match piece by piece, did fit with the character of the home. We actually used a combination of different metals as inspiration for the design of the kitchen.”

Now that the kitchen is open to the adjoining dining room, its breath-taking beauty holds strong. Porcelain tile backsplash with a light grey grout sets a delightful tone for the white cabinetry. Corner shelves with antique silver brackets give a nod to the mixed metals inspiration and the copper hood above the oven will eventually expose its own personality.




“While the hood is shiny right now, it will naturally darken and patina over time, taking on a color all its own,” explained Hamel, also referencing the corresponding copper pendants that foreshadow how the color of the hood will ultimately transform. “The client did not want typical pendants, and she did a lot of research to find exactly the ones she wanted.”

The dark hardwood floors were refinished with the project and the wood trim in the ceiling was matched to the existing rim in the rest of the home. The center island provides additional seating while showing off its Calacatta Gold Italian white marble top with hints of grey and gold within.

Two pantries stand at the ready to store necessities, one located on the right side of the refrigerator and the other next to the side entry door.

However, one might have to look twice to find the refrigerator, as it presents as less of an appliance and more as a piece of impeccably-designed furniture.

“This is a fully integrated refrigerator with an antique mirrored top and a freezer underneath that consists of two freezer drawers with facades that give the appearance of four drawers,” noted Hamel.



Kitchens by Kleweno

Cabinets: Crystal Cabinet Works   |   Countertop: Calacatta Gold   |   Hardware: Rejuvenation   |   Lighting: Kleweno Custom Copper Pendants   |   Range Hood: Vent-a-Hood   |   Plumbing Fixtures: Newport Brass

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