Photography by Janet Warlick
[dropcap]This[/dropcap] beautiful kitchen was renovated last November, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Homeowners Paul and Judy Cook called on the talents of Andrea Eskola, an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), who serves as head designer for Kitchen & Bath Concepts in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Cooks’ kitchen was “built in the 1980s, full of floral wallpaper and had a brown color scheme,” Judy Cook said. “When the opportunity presented itself, we decided to renovate. I visited Kitchen & Bath Concepts while I was dreaming about my new kitchen. The staff there was very helpful.” With her from start to finish, Eskola and Michael Lanari, owner of Kitchen & Bath Concepts, created just what she was looking for.
Eskola said their services include measuring, photographing and designing the space. “Clients get to see a 3-D perspective of what their space will look like,” she said.
Think about how you use your kitchen. Take into account the functionality of the space. Since Cook is a baker, Eskola created a baking center with drawers to store baking ingredients for easy accessibility.
Think light. “The Cooks wanted a big change. Their old kitchen had dark cabinets, and they wanted to brighten the room up,” Eskola said.
Keep your options open. While granite is a very popular material for countertops, there are other materials — at various price points — that may meet your needs. The Cooks’ counters are quartz, which is not only anti-microbial but also heat-, stain- and scratch- resistant. Moreover, it’s easy to maintain, doesn’t require sealing and is nonabsorbent, making it ideal for baking.
Go Natural. Travertine, or tumbled marble, with a border that is a mixture of natural stone and glass was used for the backsplash. Cook chose the material based on a display in the Kitchen & Bath Concepts showroom. “The natural stone gives the backsplash depth and texture, and because it is a natural material, it’s not uniform — it has its own beauty,” Eskola said.
Open the door. Cook wanted to display her cookbooks, and husband Paul wanted a space for a television. So Eskola suggested several open shelves, which created display space for the cookbooks as well as Cook’s collection of teapots. Also, several of the cabinets have interior rollouts for easy access, for storage of oversized items, and to create a space to hide trash bins. One of the cabinets even has a “super susan.”
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