The Dramatic Touch

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Story by Ann Butenas     |     Photography by Paul Bonnichsen

Upon first entering this newly-remodeled kitchen, you are momentarily left speechless, as its unique and expressive design voice is like no other. What was formerly a static and unvaried space has been dramatically transformed into a veritable show-stopper.

“The homeowners had updated the upper level of the homes and installed new flooring throughout, but this was a main space they wanted to address,” indicated Cherie Brown, designer with Kitchens by Kleweno.

With the eye-catching chandelier framed artistically by the 4’ x 8’ box lighting hanging above the expansive island, the personality of this kitchen clearly longs to be admired. The natural Galapagos quartzite countertop upon the island partners well with the textured black cabinetry, and the island itself offers expansive storage and even a built-in microwave on the backside.

While Brown did not change the footprint of the original space, she did change its entire vibe, including updating the island and moving various appliances around. To further enhance the kitchen, Brown installed all new lighting to provide a dramatic effect.

“The lighting color can change both under the cabinets and up over the top of them so the effect can be ready for the holidays, for example,” explained Brown. “You simply dial in the color you want.”

Another dramatic statement within this kitchen is the outstanding range hood, made from the same material as the island countertop.

“This hood expands clear to the ceiling and completely changes the dynamic of the space,” said Brown.

The backsplash along the perimeter countertops, which are adorned with a manmade quartz countertop with a subtle blue grain, is actually a mirror situated behind textured glass which gives off a certain glow depending upon the lighting in the room.

Other distinct touches include wood flooring (replacing the previous white tile) and all new appliances integrated into the space, including a dishwasher under the sink, a beverage fridge under the coffee maker, and a built-in refrigerator.

For added appeal, Brown also incorporated a few smoked glass cabinets, perfect for displaying cherished pieces.

“I also installed glass on each end of the cabinets near the sink to make the space work the best,” she indicated. “It makes the window important, as you can see through the glass on one side to the window and it really opens up the space.”


  • Kitchen Designer: Cherie Brown of Kitchens by Kleweno
  • Cabinetry: Neff Cabinetry 
  • Countertops and Range Hood Fabrication: Carthage Stoneworks
  • Glass Backsplash: Stew Langer Studio

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