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02/18/05

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Drama from Every Angle - Part 4


Storage Spotlight

To maintain the airy, sleek effect established by contemporary cabinetry, Weslie and John Parker decided against a pot rack mounted to the ceiling above the island. Instead, the base cabinets that flank the range hold a concealed version.

Though narrow, the cabinets offer enough width for a variety of pot sizes. Stacking the pots would have maximized the space but could have made retrieving a single one awkward. Instead, a custom pullout rack in each cabinet organizes the pots and offers easy access to the entire assortment. The pots hang from S hooks it into a grooved track on the rack.

SpotlightThe curved hutch is counterbalanced by a pentagonal island, the creation of interior designer Mary Quigley, who helped the Parkers with the kitchen design and aced the geometry test, too. "This one was designed purely for fun," Quigley says. "The challenge was keeping the angles and keeping Weslie happy with some softness rather than having a hard, cold kitchen." With the angled island, Quigley consolidated needed features such as a prep sink, warming drawer, and refrigerator drawers in the middle of the work core.

SpotlightPerimeter cabinetry matches the island in style and function. On the window wall, upper cabinets stop shy of the ceiling to make way for light-welcoming transom windows. On the opposite wall, cabinets take advantage of wall space above the refrigerator and freezer. Narrow base cabinets next to the range store pots and pans on pullout racks.

Similar hanging racks make the kitchen's exposed storage systems equally attractive and efficient. A rod mounted to the range backsplash holds utensils and spice shelves; one on the opposite wall is designed to support more utensils and a paper-towel holder.

Behind solid and glass-front doors, a curved hutch stores dinnerware and serving pieces.

The storage plan creates a pleasing view of the kitchen, as do the repeating materials that integrate the kitchen with the rest of the home. The 24 x 24-inch limestone tile in the breakfast area also runs through courtyards, the patio, and the home's lower level. The pearwood used for the kitchen cabinetry is also used for the ceilings in the master bedroom and living room. "It's very soft and neutral. It's something you don't get tired of. You can live with it for 100 years," Weslie says. The same could be said for a kitchen that successfully combines sleek style with storage smarts.

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