Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: Mike and Stacie Duke
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Size: 300 square feet (28 square meters)
Designer: Jennifer Strickler Design
Before: Dark distressed cabinets and dark granite countertops weighed down the previous kitchen. And travertine tile floors gave it a chilly feel.
The load-bearing wall on the right, where the fridge is located, separated the kitchen from the dining room, while the peninsula in the foreground cut off the kitchen from the living room. Not an ideal setup for a couple who like to entertain.
An electric cooktop took up most of the minimal island space, and there wasn’t much counter space elsewhere. The built-in desk area to the left of the microwave never got used.
“I immediately saw the flow wasn’t working,” Strickler says. “The fact that the island was so small and taken up by a cooktop was not practical for them.”
She also rejiggered the appliance layout, placing a paneled refrigerator to the left of the new gas range, which sits on the back wall, and a spacious sink in the island, creating an efficient work triangle.
With the function in place, she turned her attention to the style. Dark black cabinets and island base (Onyx by Benjamin Moore) add a touch of drama, warmed by stained maple cabinets and solid red oak flooring.
Light greige walls and ceiling (Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore) and bright white trim (Extra White by Sherwin-Williams) keep things from veering too moody. “She expressed pretty early on she was thinking of stained cabinets, but also a wood floor,” Strickler says. “The black cabinets offer a contrast for the wood floor. And I love the contrast of the gold hardware with the black cabinets. It’s classic and rich, and adds warmth.”
The 36-inch Fisher & Paykel range has a vintage-modern vibe that adds to the dressed-up style of the kitchen.
The couple rarely use a microwave, so they chose to put a small one in an appliance cabinet in the laundry room, around the corner from the kitchen.
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The countertops are polished marble-look quartz.
Backsplash: Daphne White marble, Daltile
Faucet: Trinsic in champagne bronze, Delta Faucet
Modern backless bar stools feature warm ash frames and saddle-style seats with distressed black faux leather. “We have deep cabinets there by the stools,” Stacie says. “That’s where I store kitchen items I use less often.”
“We took the reeded design up to that cabinet above the refrigerator, so it looks like a piece of furniture,” Stacie says.
The cabinetry wraps around to the former desk area, now a coffee and beverage station. Two shallow pantry cabinets with 12-inch-deep shelves sit around the corner from the refrigerator. “We didn’t want them to stick out too far because we needed that space for the beverage center,” Strickler says.
An upper glass-front cabinet stores glasses. Three drawers hold entertaining supplies. And a two-zone wine and beverage fridge keeps drinks cold. “Since we removed that other wall and lost storage, we thought about how we could better use that nook,” Strickler says.
Electrical strips are tucked under the counter on both ends of the island.
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