The design of a compact kitchen is always a challenge. A new appreciation of the "inconvenient" space, the designers took as a basis a luscious orange shade, supporting it with the exceptional simplicity of the lines.
After receiving the task to remake this kitchen, mother and daughter Catherine and Justin McPhee, designers from Catherine Macfee Interior Design, decided to go for an extraordinary, but quite appropriate in this situation, step. It was decided to write unique orange decor objects from the company Hermes, which were very popular during the construction of the house in the middle of the 19 century, into an organic rural interior, conditioned by the nature of the basic materials of construction.
Now the house belongs to John and Joy Caldwell, owners of private vineyards. They agreed to include the mansion in the program of the exhibition Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhose and open it for visits until 17 November.
"When we were offered to rework this kitchen, I decided to build on my actions from the color palette," says Catherine McPhee. "I stopped at the brick-orange shade inherent in the products from Hermes, because it perfectly matches the color of the grape leaves at this time of year."
This elongated kitchen really looks like a galley, but the view from the windows of the vineyards gives a sense of spaciousness to everyone who is in it.
Grape vines outside the window determined the choice of color and pattern of the flooring. The authors of the project noted that the structure of the vineyards is subordinated to the terrain, because of what they are built in waves, rather than in straight rows.
Ornamentation leads us to a window and a small working area located here, previously completely unused. The competent organization of space allowed to place there a small, but very roomy table, behind which you can sit with a laptop, contemplating the endless vineyards.
Particularly impressive looks hand-painted black and white tile ornament, which is faced with walls up to the ceiling.
"We actively used the quiet shades in this interior. Drawing and texture can breathe life into the design in a neutral color scheme, "says Catherine McPhee. This decor of the walls simultaneously excites and fascinates, invariably attracting attention. You just plunge into the intricacies of the pattern. A really good drawing can make a small kitchen interesting and original.
Another attractive element is the dome hood with huge rivets. Surprisingly, it is made to order in a blacksmith workshop and connected to a conventional modern hood.
To unusual elements of a decor it is possible to carry the stone brazier located to the left of a plate. The pattern of its foundation resembles a pattern of tiles on the wall. A massive cutting board is mounted on top.
Cabinets, kitchen equipment and an apron of stainless steel have not undergone any changes. Only the facades of the cabinets were painted in a deep gray shade, reviving their appearance as a whole.
In the same workshop, the swinging doors of the pantry were made. Their metal interlacing is reflected in the collection of baskets suspended from above (seen in the first photo).
Authentic tile with the author's painting, hand-worked hood and the door of the storeroom simply obliged to complement the interior with an equally original countertop. Plates of Colorado limestone were taken and sandblasted. The surface acquired a more pronounced relief, but remained as comfortable in care. The edges were also processed for a more harmonious combination.
In the dining area, chairs made from interlaced banana leaves concentrate their attention on their original texture. The curved sofa, upholstered in orange leather, gently rounds the table from the opposite side, perfectly fitting into the proposed space, but not breaking it. Put together this stylish furniture forms an ideal ensemble for everyday meals and comfortable rest.
Materials courtesy of Catherine Macfee Interior Design
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