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LEFT "In this particular design, I
wanted to point out the beauty
in everyday things," said
Clendenon, referring to the
glass refrigerator, in particular.
She chose soothing elements
like organic materials and
INSPIRATION FOR THE CONCEPT
As a Silestone Trendspotter, Clendenon was
tasked with creating a concept kitchen for today's
potential homeowners with her coastal, wellnessfocused style. The designer had hypothetical clients in mind who represented a growing number
of typical families: a multigenerational household. She imagined this family having two parents,
middle school-aged children and one older adult.
Along with needing a place to cook and entertain,
this family would also be interested in an ecofriendly kitchen.
According to Clendenon, her native South is
one of the last areas to catch on to the sustainable
living trend. She found simple ways in this kitchen
to introduce green products, using sustainable elements like quartz, brick and low-flow faucets.The
designer not only hoped to encourage this type of
design, but she also felt passionate about inspiring
people to eat healthier.
"The overwhelming concept was for this kitchen to be family centric with opportunities for everyone - family and guests alike - to participate
in the making of a healthy meal,"said Clendenon.
She helped inspire these occasions by incorporating container gardening - planting herbs,
flowers and produce in pots - in the kitchen.There
were pre-planned places to display them in the
kitchen, including window sills and open shelving.
Easily accessible indoor plants, particularly herbs
and produce, can encourage home cooking. This
idea also supports clients wanting to live more in
tune with nature.
DESIGNER: Cheryl Kees
Clendenon, In Detail
Courtesy of Kohler Co.
HOOD: Thompson Traders;
MAIN KITCHEN FLOORING:
Albero; OUTDOOR GRILL:
Wolf; OUTSIDE AND PREP
KITCHEN FLOORING: Ann
Sacks; PAINT: Benjamin
Moore; PENDANTS: Aidan
Gray; RANGE: Wolf;
REFRIGERATOR: SubZero; SINKS: KOHLER;
designed by Cheryl Kees
CONNECTING WITH NATURE
The easiest way to bring in the outdoors is with natural light,but Clendenon knew
she needed to think out of the box to provide enough storage with ample windows.
"The footprint in general was a challenge," she said, adding that she used
both AutoCAD and hand sketches to plan the room."I needed to draw a lot
of light in without having all windows at the perimeter, which would detract
from the storage space."
One of the inspirations behind the kitchen's construction was classic European design. In European cities, many kitchens lack windows because the
homes are built close together; instead skylights are used to illuminate the
room. Clendenon took this a step further and planned a skylight in a vaulted
ceiling with black framing, creating an interesting architectural feature. She
then copied the black detailing on the skylight for a main window over the
primary sink. Together, these elements create a surplus of natural light that
echoes the look of a greenhouse.
This expansive main window also folds up like a garage door, connecting
the indoor kitchen to the outside dining space.There is an outdoor bar with
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