Charles Walton IV

The open arrangement of this great kitchen works well for the entire family.

This space speaks with a French accent. Exposed ceiling beams, wrought iron, and hand-carved wood accentuate its old-world flair. Residential designer Jenney A. Petrikin of Nashville included many unique features and design ideas that personalize the space. The island base resembles a grouping of individual pieces of Country French furniture. It's large enough to function as the center of many family activities. "The island serves various purposes from homework to workspace, as well as serving and eating space," Jenney says. Beautifully adorned with raised carvings, the island houses an under-counter refrigerator, freezer, and warming drawers, as well as abundant storage areas. (A full-scale refrigerator and freezer are located in the nearby pantry.)

As a means of allowing in natural light while maintaining privacy along the side of the house, Jenney extended the wall cabinets down to the countertop and installed a row of windows above them. The adjoining wall of casement windows opens to a screened porch at the rear. To achieve the look of natural stone, she used reconstituted limestone for the countertops and the bracketed corner hood. She chose this product because it possesses the mellow color of quarried limestone and can be cast into a variety of shapes.

Pages 64-65: Residential design by Jenney A. Petrikin, Residential Design Solutions, Nashville, [615] 498-7802.

"Seasoned With Style" is from the February 2008 issue of Southern Living.






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