TRENDS Magazine recently published a kitchen remodeling project that I was honored to be a team member of. The homeowner’s Bill & Susan Thigpen were an absolute delight to work with. Their contributions, along with that of their decorator, Margaret Bosbyshell of Margaux Interiors Ltd help create a kitchen the homeowners appreciate in both function and beauty.
Creating a distinctive look for a remodeled kitchen is top of the wish list for many homeowners. That’s certainly the experience of Lawrenceville designer Becky Sue Becker CKD, who used Sapele Mahogany in this project to create a focal point for the open-plan space.
“The owners of this home are both enthusiastic cooks and lived with a dated kitchen that did not suit the rest of the home. Poorly planned and cluttered, it made cooking and storage difficult,” she says.
Becker set out to create a kitchen with a warm look that wouldn’t date easily. She designed painted cabinetry that looks like furniture and included a tall display cabinet that doubles as a small home office. The center drawer drops to conceal mail and a laptop.
We balanced these painted and glazed surfaces with more modern elements, such as a stainless steel range hood and refrigerator, to bring a professional look to the kitchen.
Finding a distinctive focal point for the kitchen was a challenge, says Becker, as space was long and narrow.
“From every angle, the center of the room was the best option, so I placed the island here and installed a thick sapele mahogany wood countertop. The mahogany contrasts with the granite countertops in the rest of the kitchen, and creates a comfortable area for preparing food,” she says.