Project Highlight: Kitchen Design for Entertaining

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Whether you like to host family gatherings or throw large get-togethers for friends and neighbors, having a space designed around how you entertain can make parties more efficient and enjoyable. One of our clients purchased a home on a lovely piece of land in a golf community in Carmel, IN. They loved the location; however, the 1980s home needed a full remodel for it to suit their needs. Working with Architect Steve Goldberg of Goldberg Design Group and custom home builder Pat O’Connor with Homes by Pat O’Connor, the whole house was gutted and multiple architectural changes were made to create a home that suited how our clients live. We were brought in to help design a kitchen that would support this family’s love of entertaining large groups of people.

Both husband and wife were involved in the design process, and each brought their own ideas to the table. The husband wanted a yellow, cream and grey color scheme, and they both wanted a barn door look on the refrigerator. They had also found a resource for the style of range hood they desired, which was custom made for them. For these special touches in their kitchen, we served as advisors to help them implement their vision, and they wanted to find many items on their own.

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In partnership with the architect, our clients began the kitchen layout design by addressing their entertaining style. They enjoy holding large gatherings, so a large spacious island with a lot of perimeter seating was installed to create a bar-like atmosphere. The rest of the kitchen design followed from there. We drew up the remaining layouts and elevations needed to address the functionality our clients were looking for. Flow, storage, and room for desired appliances were all specified in the plans. Our clients preferred a clean and uncluttered look, so we created a design that placed things behind doors, such as pocket door appliance garages. The family cooks and bakes frequently, so we made sure the guts of the cabinetry included multiple types of functional storage. The wide variety of options that comes with using custom means the cabinetry works well both inside and out! We also added special details such as bumping out the range and varying cabinets’ heights and depths for architectural interest. Since we had designed for enough closed storage, we added glass inserts in the upper cabinets to both break up the cold wall and to provide decorative storage.

Once the layout was complete, we then partnered with Ron Wagle from Zionsville Custom Cabinetry to craft the cabinetry with the desired style and functionality. It is particularly during this phase that images speak louder than words. Many clients do not know the vocabulary associated with the styles they like, such as inset doors or raised panels, they just know the look they like. By collecting images that represent their style, we can then help them choose the cabinetry that supports their vision. Our clients wanted a streamlined look, so we chose inset doors with small architectural detailing. For color we went with cream cabinetry on the perimeter and large island, and yellow cabinetry for the inner island. Ron was also able to craft the refrigerator barn door design we had created for our clients.

It is the details of this kitchen that allow its large scale to have a warm, welcoming look. The backsplash was selected to add a lot of dimension to the wall, which had a lot of presence even from across the large kitchen. The tile was also used as a way to continue the soft yellow color on the walls. Next, a second island was included in the design to fill the gap between the large island and the appliance area. This central placement made it perfect as an added prep area. We chose to make the island a focal point in the space by placing a sculptural light fixture over it, rather than installing decorative lighting over the large perimeter island. This design detail added to the visual flow of the space. Finally, to expand the entertaining room of the kitchen, a wet bar was built into an adjacent informal dining area which was designed to flow well from the large kitchen island.

At Hoskins Interior Design, we believe in designing for functionality as well as aesthetics. Our clients were creating a home designed to support how they live and an atmosphere that reflected their personal style. We were honored to be on the team that helped them achieve their goals. Questions about this project? Send us an email or give us a call at 317-253.8986.


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