Kitchen Makeover-Rich With Detail
After living in the house for about a year, the Lakes teamed up with architects John and Sherri Duvall and interior designer Lana Nelson, Leslie's mom. "I found out through the remodel just how lucky I was," Leslie says. "My mom was great at pulling together all the design pieces."
Where the drab cooktop, microwave, and ovens once hogged space, a gleaming stainless steel range now sets the stage for serious cooking. Surrounded by knotty alder wood cabinets, this area is crowned with a French-inspired plaster-and-wood carved hood that conceals the exhaust vent. On the hood: a hand-painted basket overflowing with fruit and flowers. "Because the surface is sloped, any artwork I placed on it looked awkward so I commissioned a local artist, Janet Fadler Davie, to paint the still life," explains Leslie.photo: A decorative paint job on the plaster-and-wood vent hood and a patterned tile backsplash look so much better than all beige surrounding the cooktop.
photo: The walls of the breakfast room are finished in a stucco treatment. Leslie hung a Tuscan-themed painting between two metal, antique-inspired sconces.
"Rich With Detail" is from the April 2008 issue of Southern Living.