Photos by Steve Henke
2014 ASID MN Showcase Home kitchen
In the kitchen, designer Kimberly Herrick worked with the homeowners to create a seamless blend of everyday functionality and entertaining chic. To add drama without dating the space, Herrick drew inspiration from Coco Chanel’s affinity for timeless black and white, enameling one wall of cabinetry black in contrast with the white cabinets in the rest of the kitchen. Fabric panels and a metallic, marble-patterned wallcovering inside the glass cabinets prevent the cabinetry wall from feeling oppressive or heavy, while black-and-white Cambria countertops pull the space together. Metallic touches like brass pendant lights over the island, an antiqued mirror backsplash below the black cabinets, and gold Greek key trim on the window treatments add warmth and glamour while maintaining the kitchen’s comfortable atmosphere.
Though more subtle, Herrick’s careful functional considerations maximize the kitchen’s livability. An integrated charging station keeps the family’s electronic devices close at hand, and a carved-out space underneath the island ensures barstools can be pushed all the way in when they’re not in use.
Herrick attributes the kitchen’s success to close collaboration with the homeowners and existing architectural drawings from Swan Architecture. “This is a process of decisions, research, revisions, and more decisions to come to the final products,” she says.