One path to kitchen bliss is to put pretty up front and place the purely practical out of sight. That’s the approach Chad and Rochelle Broadhead of Cambridge Home Company took when they created a bespoke kitchen for clients who wanted an inviting space designed for entertaining. “We made the main kitchen more formal and dressy and created a scullery for cooking, storage and the inevitable messes,” says Rochelle, who describes the open kitchen’s style—as well as that of the rest of the Alpine home she and Chad built and designed—as Modern Colonial. “It’s a classic and historic design, but modernized,” she says. To create the look, Rochelle dished up a multitude of delicious design elements and memorable details. Here are some of our favorites.
Open (But Separate) Living
The kitchen resides at the end of a great room that’s flooded with light from a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The living and dining areas’ 19-foot-high ceiling gives way to a lower kitchen ceiling height measuring 11 feet. “The lower ceiling delineates the open kitchen from the rest of the great room and makes it feel cozy,” Rochelle says. The team paid a great deal of attention to the space’s design and details, reflecting the room’s importance to the homeowners. “Today’s clients are hyper-focused on the design of critical areas where they spend time, and the kitchen is definitely one of these,” Chad explains.
“We always want there to be a focal point,” says Rochelle, who designed the kitchen’s back wall to be exactly that. “Our clients wanted the whole thing to read marble,” she explains, so she clad the wall and range hood entirely in Calacatta Capri marble from The Stone Collection. “The dramatic stone modernizes the space.” A pair of full-height bistro shelves front the stone wall with shimmering brass and glass. “They’re part of the show,” Rochelle explains, but that doesn’t mean they’re all show. Stacks of easy-to-reach everyday dishes and glassware make the shelves as functional as they are fabulous.
Rochelle designed a pair of built-in, glass-doored cabinets to resemble age-old china hutches. The painted finish, paneled sides, footed bases and oil-rubbed bronze hardware promote their past-perfect style.
Farmhouse Sink/ Mixed Hardware
A traditional faucet pairs with a farmhouse sink to foster the room’s historic style. “I love the single bowl because it provides plenty of room for cooking and dishes,” says Rochelle, who positioned the sink so that its user could overlook the great room and mountain views. The designer chose polished nickel hardware in an assortment of pulls and knobs that foster the cabinetry’s furniture-look style.
Rochelle disguised the Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer behind painted door panels. She extended the paneled doors above the height of the concealed appliances so that the top of the doors align with those of the adjacent built-in china hutches and room opening. “I wanted to maintain a clean, continuous visual line,” she says. She placed hidden cabinets above the appliances to store bottles of water and soda.
To create the look of an age-old furniture piece, Rochelle detailed the white-oak footed island with faux apothecary drawers and enriched it with a stained finish. “This helped warm up the overall design,” she says. The designer painted the remainder of the footed cabinets with Benjamin Moore’s Gray Mist. “It complements rather than matches the wall color and is not a stark white, which wouldn’t look historic,” she explains.
Black Island Countertop
Nocturnal Honed Granite from The Stone Collection tops the wood-toned island with a dark, easy-care surface. “This granite delivers the timeless look of soapstone, and that’s what we were going for,” Rochelle says.
“Nearly all of our clients have a scullery set off from their main kitchens,” Chad says. Designed for cooking, cleaning and storing, this scullery supports the dressier main kitchen designed for entertaining, but that doesn’t mean it’s dim or drab. Flooded with natural light, the space is decked out with two-tone painted cabinets, stone and butcher block countertops and easy-to-access open storage bins.
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Interior design: Rochelle Broadhead, Cambridge Home Company, Alpine
Builder: Chad Broadhead, Cambridge Home Company, Alpine
Architect: C. Kevin Coffey, C. Kevin Coffey Dwellings & Design, Franklin, Tenn. Custom cabinets: The Cabinet Gallery, Draper
Engineered wood flooring: South Valley Floors, Draper
Stone countertops: The Stone Collection, SLC
Stone countertop installation: Sandia Design, West Valley
Wood countertop: Floform, West Valley City
Appliance distributor: Roth Distribution, SLC
Appliances/showroom: Mountainland Design, SLC
Barstools: RH, SLC
Pantry stone countertops: Bedrosians Tile & Stone, SLC