Showhouse Kitchen Created With Eye for
By John Filippelli
MONROE, WAAs most designers know, creating a beautiful, functional
and cohesive kitchen design calls for the utmost in diligence and
detail-orientation. However, creating a kitchen for a design
showcase requires all that, plus something more: It must also be
innovative, eye-catching, perfect down to the last detail, and
designed to appeal to the largest possible number of people yet
without losing its sense of individuality.
This kind of beauty, innovation and attention to detail were
evident in a striking and stylish showhouse kitchen that took “Best
of Show” in this year’s Seattle Street of Dreams showcase. The
showcase, which includes a month-long display of six spec houses,
is built each year to highlight the finest in kitchen and bath
design around the Pacific Northwest.
The winning kitchen designed by Toni Cordero, CKD, CBD of
Portland, OR-based Canyon Creek, and Kelly Heaps of Fall City,
WA-based Brookhaven Homes is considered the focal point of the
“We wanted to create a space that offered people the feeling of
home,” said Heaps, describing her vision for the project. For
Heaps, the dark alder cabinetry and walnut flooring provide the
precise feel she desired, with contemporary appliances adding a
modern touch to the traditional-style space.
While no clients live in the space, it is notable that the
public, including kitchen and bath professionals, are able to buy
items from the space once the showcase concludes each year.
The design team used a bevy of high-end products, including Canyon
Creek cabinetry from the Cornerstone Collection, Viking
professional-style appliances, honed-granite countertops and walnut
Zanilla flooring from Bellevue, WA-based Interior Expressions, Inc.
All of the items complement the traditional design theme, while
maintaining the room’s contemporary styling.
According to the design team, the Cornerstone collection was
chosen because of its versatility and style, as well as its ability
to be used in any area of the home. A mitered door styling was
selected to capture the look of fine furniture, while Hampton doors
in alder and stained in honey with a chocolate glaze were chosen to
match the antique wood floor, adding warmth to the room.
“The flooring really brings out the alder cabinetry,” Heaps
explains, “[especially] with its chocolate glaze and distressed
The door rails and styles were routed on the inside and outside
edges, and a raised center panel was added to the detailing, the
designer notes. Adding dramatic appeal to the space is the
backsplash, which features tumbled marble, a soft complement to the
appliances and cabinetry.
The two-tiered upper cabinets reach to the ceiling to provide
space for china and crystal storage, while a base unit with drawers
offers a suitable spot for tableware, place mats and napkins.
“The kitchen has a true, Old World feel to it, but the burgundy
color of the appliances adds a modern touch to the space,” Heaps
explains. Though they are an instrumental part of the aesthetics of
the design, the appliances add function as well.
For starters, the double refrigerator/freezers with matching wood
panels are combined with a bread warmer and microwave cabinet on
one side and a double-oven cabinet on the other. These appliances
are ideal for preparing a small meal or a banquet, the design team
Display shelves above the refrigerator/freezers provide space
for plants or family photos, while cabinets above and below the
ovens and microwave are available to store baking pans and baking
dishes. A stove top unit also offers storage below to allow for
easy preparation of food or cleanup, Heaps notes.
For added function, a dishwasher with a matching front panel is
located on each side of the sink. A trash compactor next to the
sink provides for convenient clean up after a large meal or family
Space is certainly not an issue for this kitchen, Heaps notes.
“There can be anywhere from 30 to 40 people in the kitchen at one
time and everyone could still move around comfortably.” With a
length of 35 ft. from one end of the room through the breakfast
nook, the kitchen layout was designed to provide a number of usage
For instance, the kitchen forms a modified “L” with a raised bar
area, ideal for a leisurely breakfast. The series of lower cabinets
offers all of the choices a gourmet chef would need, including a
pull-out chopping board for easy preparation of vegetables and
fruit. Other amenities include a fireplace with a specially made
spit for roasting, and a pizza oven for fun family gatherings.
Even with the significant amount of space, the design team
insisted on incorporating additional elements to support more
storage. The large island, for example, offers an ample prep area
and storage space, combined with the aesthetics of fine furniture,
the design team notes. Full-extension roll-out shelves and drawers
make access to pots and pans easier from both sides of the
Completing the design are finished end treatments with fluted
columns topped with leaf appliqués, as well as brass accents
and furniture-style baseboards. Grape appliqués are also
featured on the crown moulding.