Las Vegas, NV — Stacie Young’s clients were looking forward to the renovation of the home they had purchased in the quaint Scotch 80s neighborhood in Las Vegas, NV. They loved its location – just a few miles away from the city’s famous downtown Strip. And, they appreciated the community’s nostalgic Mid-Century Modern past that offered classic, historical luxury on large, established lots.
The empty nesters had worked with an architect and Young, Allied ASID/owner of Innovative Kitchens in Las Vegas, to develop a plan to transform the over-the-top, outdated home into something much more simplified and understated that showcased their eclectic design aesthetic of farmhouse modern and contemporary with an artsy twist.
However, when they brought in the experts at Dewey Construction, which served as their general contractor, they determined that foundationally and structurally the house wasn’t sound enough for a renovation. And although that outcome gave them the opportunity to dream with a clean slate, they discovered they preferred the original plan.
“They loved the character of the initial design concept so much that they wanted their new home to be built as they originally designed for the renovation,” says Young, “They loved the open-concept floor plan and Mid-Century Modern design that gave a nod to the original home’s roots.
“And, the amount of natural light that flows into the home is incredible,” she continues. “So are the angled pitches of the roofline that cast some amazing shadows and create a perfect reflection with their selection of materials. The photographer even commented during the photo shoot that this home offered some of the best natural light he had ever seen in an interior setting.”
As part of the overall plan, her clients were downsizing…both their home and their lives. Moving from a 6,000-sq.-ft. home into one about half that size meant they had to be more meaningful about the design, and what they moved with them.
“They wanted to cleanse and simplify,” she says. “Their main goal was to have a place for everything so their lives could be more put together and less cluttered.”
To promote a clean aesthetic, Young integrated major appliances, including the Sub-Zero refrigerator and Cove dishwasher. Additionally, the stainless steel Wolf ventilation hood above the Wolf range blends quietly into the gray-toned brick veneer backsplash that serves as an accent on multiple walls. Concealing small appliances behind doors eliminates their presence on the countertop, while a neutral color palette throughout the kitchen – as well as the adjoining living spaces – provides a ‘quiet’ background that allows furnishings and artwork to ‘pop.’
To ensure a place for everything, the designer optimized storage within the Plato Woodwork cabinetry via custom inserts and pullouts. Since there aren’t any wall cabinets, the oversized 161″x58.5″ island serves as the workhorse of the space with cabinetry on both sides, a double trash next to the sink and an overhang for in-kitchen seating.
Blanc Brule Extra onyx natural stone, selected in collaboration with Michele Aloe at the Walker Zanger tile showroom in Las Vegas, serves as a durable countertop surface throughout the kitchen. Because of the large dimensions of the island, its top is actually five pieces…a full slab in the middle surrounded by a ‘frame’ of four additional sections.
“It eliminates a clunky seam down the center,” she explains. “People often come to us with dreams of enormous islands. That can be difficult when using natural stone, so we are always looking for innovative options.”
To create the illusion of a waterfall edge, Young included cabinetry end panels in a Talc Pebble finish. Their color complements the natural stone and contrasts against the dark Ripple Cocoa base cabinets. The latter have a dimensional quality that helps break up the plainness of a flat-slab door. And although they are dimensional, they are not rough to the touch to allow for easy cleaning.
“My clients didn’t want a harsh modern look, so the texture softens the slab-style doors,” she says. “The cabinetry’s dark color – along with the parquet floor – also warms up the white finishes. She knew she wanted a lot of lighter elements, such as the brick backsplash and onyx countertops. The majority of the house is painted white, too, so the dark color keeps the space from becoming too sterile.”
The thicker profile of the Talc Pebble end panels also matches that of the stone, giving the space a modern look. The designer repeated the cabinetry detail as ‘framing’ for the main refrigerator and the Miele microwave and coffee machine. The latter appliances are located within a special coffee bar, which also includes a Sub-Zero undercounter refrigerator, prep sink and floating shelves tucked behind sliding metal-framed glass doors.
“The coffee bar is my favorite part of the kitchen,” she says. “I loved creating this area because it was a fun way to give my client some display space.”
Four globular pendants, selected by the client with input from Young, hover above the island. Their subtle industrial vibe echoes that of the sliding doors in the coffee bar and pays homage to her clients’ Upper Midwest past.
“They are originally from the Chicagoland area,” she says. “Some of their design concepts and material selections seem to come from living in the city. They’re kind of lofty, urban and modern mixed with a little bit of industrial…influences that, I believe, come from the office lofts and Printer’s Row.” ▪