design&redesign|asid kitchen tour

BY EVA DITLER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY BEI LER | PORTRAIT BY GAI L OWENS

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ABOVE: A thin line of amber-colored glass adds a touch of detail to the natural stone mosaic walls and backsplash in this Cardiff kitchen designed by Tatiana Machado-Rosas.

The previous homeowner had a love affair with green," says Deborah Van Huis of the 20-plus-year-old house she bought six years ago in Cardiff. "Every room was a shade of green and the green carpet looked like carpet from a casino."

Even the kitchen had green floor tile, which may not have been quite so horrendous if it had not also been combined with turquoise cabinets.


Norma Byrd

WHETHER PLANNING A NEW KITCHEN OR IMPROVING AN EXISTING ONE, ASID DESIGN EXPERTS HELP HOMEOWNERS MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THEIR KITCHEN SPACES. THIS KITCHEN, DESIGNED BY TATIANA MACHADOROSAS OF JACKSON DESIGN AND REMODELING, IS JUST ONE OF THE 11 OUTSTANDING KITCHENS YOU'LL VIEW ON THIS YEAR'S FALL ASID KITCHEN TOUR.

-Norma Byrd, ASID, president of the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers

ABOVE: Pullouts add convenience; ornamental lights and hardware add pizzazz.

"I saw some cabinets that had been painted in a rough antique black, kind of a country kitchen look, so I painted my cabinets," says Van Huis. She also added some fun, colorful knobs but these little redos were just a stopgap until ASID designer Tatiana Machado- Rosas could work her magic into transforming the space.

"One of Deborah's goals was to not only update the kitchen, but give it a contemporary feel," says Machado- Rosas.

For the most part Machado-Rosas took a minimal approach to the kitchen remodel with subdued colors on the porcelain tile flooring, CaesarStone countertops and sleek frameless cherry cabinets in a light stain. A variety of brushed-nickel pulls, colorful area rugs and a stone mosaic backsplash add personality to this basically neutral kitchen.

"I was blown away by Tatiana's tile choices for the walls and backsplash and thought she did a great job," says Van Huis. "The colors go very well with the colors I have surrounding the backyard. Because of a big slope, I don't have grass. I have lots of rock walls. Tatiana was able to take the colors from the rock walls and bring them inside so it's almost like a continuation."

Van Huis also is happy with the new island. Installed in what had been a big open area of wasted space in the middle of the room, the island offers Van Huis extra work and storage space as well as a place to sit and have breakfast while watching TV.

Additional storage was more important than additional seating, says Van Huis. "The original kitchen had a fairly large pantry. To make up for lost storage space, now we have pantry pullouts with adjustable shelves that you can reach from either side."

The pullouts are smartly arranged with deep drawers for pots and pans under the cooktop, a narrow pullout trolley for spices near the cooktop, and other convenient pullouts by the stainless-steel oven and freezer-on-the-bottom fridge.

ABOVE: Fluorescent lights were removed and the ceiling was raised by 12 inches.

Perhaps the most dramatic change was removing the fluorescent light box and raising the ceiling by 12 inches. "No one ever used to come into the kitchen," says Van Huis. "Now when I have friends over, they come in the kitchen and we all stand around the island. So, it's a great space. It feels good in here."

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