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U nder the Influence By Alice Liao Photography by Douglas Hill A California kitchen finds inspiration in nature and the East Asian influences and great green style may not be what first comes to mind when you think of a kitchen that got its start on an HGTV show. But then again, this isn’t just any kitchen. Created by designer Troy Adams, this 625-sq.-ft. beauty in Huntington Beach, Calif, has enjoyed its fair share of on-air celebrity. Not only did the kitchen originate with an HGTV program, Designers’ Challenge, but it also came in as number five in the network’s Top 10 Amazing Kitchens. And it’s easy to see why. Functional, modern and evocative of both East and West, the kitchen incorporates earth-friendly materials to provide its owners with an inviting place in which to cook, entertain, and enjoy their memories of faraway lands. A highlight of the kitchen is the raised, sushi-bar-style breakfast area that anchors the island at one end. Here, family members and guests can sit at a curved, honed, absolute black granite counter to enjoy dishes served to them on a lazy susan of red enameled lavastone. The sushibar concept, says Adams, is a nod to the wife’s passion for cooking, which extends to Asian-inspired dishes, while the natural stone finishes, selected for their low toxic emissions, contribute to a healthier indoor environment. Similarly, all of the walls are painted using low-VOC paints, while above, energy-efficient low-voltage lighting illuminates the breakfast nook and the rest of the kitchen and family room. Behind the island, an Energy Starrated refrigerator, a set of ovens and other appliances are integrated into a wall of cabinetry, further ensuring convenience and easy access. Like the island, the cabinets are veneered in warm cherry wood and have simple, contemporary-style doors with sleek March/April 2009 | 43

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green & Design - March/April 2009

Green & Design - March/April 2009
Beyond Fad
Book Review
Generation Green
Green Flags
LEED for Retail
Hola, la Ciudad
Eco-Mountain High
Beautiful Vision
A Better Bean
Under the Influence
Extreme Environmentalist
Leading LEED
To LEED or Not to LEED?
Products: Designer’s Picks
The Many Shades of Green
Ad Index

Green & Design - March/April 2009