Simply Elegant Kitchen
Nearly wall-to-wall windows on one side of the room, with a view of palm trees and a lagoon, provide lots of natural light but posed a challenge for cabinet space. The solution: two pantries with full-extension rollouts for dry goods or dishes, plus a serving area and glass-front upper cabinets. Simple yet elegant features include Shaker-style cabinets and hidden appliances. Beaded board, which appears on the island and behind the serving area, is a unifying element.
Many of the kitchen's features have the feel of a comfortable living room: a mantel-style range hood, which displays pewter candlesticks; decorative columns throughout; and cozy upholstered barstools with nailhead trim. "They're the most comfortable chairs," Linda says. "That's where we sit and have drinks with friends." The African iroko wood top on the island complements the hardwood floor and is a stunning contrast to the white cabinets.