When, after nearly a decade of slowly renovating the rest of their home, a Pacific Palisades, California, family of seven finally faced their kitchen, they turned to their go-to designer, Caren Rideau, founder of the Kitchen Design Group, with a request to rework it into a multifunctional room.
Well, they had a few more specific requests too. “They wanted a place for coffee, an area for wine. A walk-in pantry. A drop-off zone for the kids. And most important, direct access to the backyard,” says Rideau. “We weren’t adding square footage, so we needed to get a lot into this space.”
Since the family eats and cooks together nearly every night, and mom in particular is an avid pasta maker, Rideau chose a 60-inch BlueStar range “that can handle commercial-size trays,” and added a pot filler so she wouldn’t have to lug heavy vessels back and forth. The island serves as a prep area for making lunches and dividing up the wares from their weekly Costco runs, while three sinks and three dishwashers mean everyone can pitch in on cleanup.
A Serene Color Story
Cabinetry from Caren Rideau’s colorful Frida Collection allows white accents like her custom range hood and Circa Lighting pendants to pop. Catania cement tiles from Veranda Tile Design anchor the cooking wall, while brass rails give access to upper storage via a ladder stashed in the adjoining room. Sink: Rohl. Hardware: Emtek. Wine storage: Sub-Zero.
Practicality is key, but plenty of attention was paid to showstopping color and pattern. It didn’t take much convincing to get the clients on board with the tranquil blue palette from Rideau’s Frida line of cabinetry, but the tile was a different story. “They loved it, but wanted to use it in a ‘little way,’ like on a pantry floor,” she says. Instead, she took it from countertop to ceiling. Rideau’s mantra is, “If you love it, you should see it!” And now, the kitchen feels as joyous as its inhabitants.
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