Kitchens: Country French Modernized

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Story by Ann Butenas  |  Photos by Matt Kocourek

When the homeowners of this stunning residence in Old Leawood were in the building process of their new home, they knew the kitchen had to be special, and when it came to finding just the style they wanted, they found their answer by partnering with the experts at Classic Kitchens Design Studio in Leawood, Kansas.

“They had seen the classic country French style kitchen in our showroom and really liked it, but wanted to create more of a classic modern space similar to that style,” explained Lisa Otterness, CKD, Lead Designer.

This new build project relied on a rather minimalist approach that provided extraordinary results. By simplifying lines and aiming for less ornamentation, the results were not only eye-catching but also quite functional.

Among the standouts in this design is the custom stain, which was used on the island and on the wooden hood over the stove, which also bears accompanying spice cabinets on either side for ease of use and maximization of space.

The quartz countertop by Cambria shows off its Berwyn color and ultimately became the color palate from which the rest of the home was tailored.

Also leading the design pack are the maple cabinets that were covered in Harbor Mist with a translucent black glaze.

“The beauty of the glaze is that is still allows you to see the detail of the wood grain in them,” noted Otterness.




The brushed satin nickel architectural pendants hanging above the counter create a strong visual appeal without being too overwhelming in the space, and the over-scaled subway tile behind the stove harmonizes beautifully with the Harbor Mist cabinetry. Of course, the paneled refrigerator almost seems like a work of art as it blends seamlessly with the flow of the space.

“We made customized panels to make them look built-in,” said Otterness.

The traditional hardwood flooring complements the overall ambiance of the space and allows the eye to follow through the design really well, taking you to the wet bar in the rear that boasts a subtle black color for the wine cubby above the sink.

The subtle green/grey paint on the walls was inspired by the countertop and add a layer of warmth and inviting ambiance to the space.

“This was definitely a fun project for us and for the client, and even though remodeling does come with a bit of stress, our job is to make sure it truly is a great experience for our clients,” noted Otterness.



Classic Kitchens Design Studio

Builder: Befort Construction   |   Cabinets: Wood-Mode   |   Countertops: Cambria by TrendStone   |   Lighting: Wilson Lighting   |   Plumbing: Ferguson

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