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6 Fabulous Kitchens

From warm and rustic to modern, here’s what cooking for 2018

Photo by Paul Dyer

Kitchens that are as beautiful to look at as they are functional top homeowner wish lists when building or remodeling a mountain residence.

The cook in the family wants top-of-the-line appliances, a good layout, ample lighting and storage. Since everyone invariably spends so much time in the kitchen—whether or not they’re contributing to meal prep—comfortable seating at a roomy island or table is a must.

Being connected to the rest of the home’s main living spaces is another key design element, says Jennifer Macdonald, owner of Jennifer Robin Interiors in San Anselmo, California.

“A floor plan where the kitchen opens up to a dining room and great room has been consistent because it works,” she says. “There’s also a trend of indoor-outdoor living, and the kitchen is a key connector between a home’s interior and exterior play spaces.”

Such were the elements that Macdonald focused on when designing a family’s Lake Tahoe vacation home—with the additional requirement of easy maintenance. “With three kids under the age of 10, durability was important,” she says.

Her project, along with a sampling of kitchens by designers throughout the Rocky Mountain West, appears below.

1. Into the woods

Photo by Paul Dyer

Photo by Paul Dyer

Open windows above a farmhouse sink welcome light and fresh summer air into the woodsy kitchen of this family-friendly house near North Lake Tahoe, California. A light-filled kitchen with views of their wooded lot was a priority for California homeowners building a vacation residence to enjoy with their three young children and a steady stream of family and friends. The waterfall-edge island is made of stain-resistant NuCrete. Reclaimed wood cabinets, rustic French oak floors and a stained Douglas fir ceiling lend mountain charm. Magni Home’s hand-blown glass pendant lights and custom Knoll stools with faux leather upholstery add luxe, livable touches.

DESIGNER Jennifer Macdonald, Jennifer Robin Interiors, San Anselmo, CA
ARCHITECT Kelly & Stone Architects, Truckee, CA
SEE THE WHOLE HOUSE The Calm of Nature at Every Turn

2. It's only natural

Photo by ​Dallas & Harris Photography

Kitchen windows extend from above the countertops to the 12-foot ceiling of this Boulder, Colorado, residence that the owners remodeled and enlarged to take advantage of their spectacular Flatirons views. Caviar pendant lights by Arteriors are suspended over a Sea Pearl quartzite island. The island’s walnut base complements the BKI Woodworks cabinetry and Calligaris upholstered leather stools, making the space an inviting extension of the adjacent lounge area.

DESIGNER Claire Peterson, and architect Rachel Lee, Boulder, CO both at Mosaic Architects

3. Mountain modern

Photo by Kimberly Gavin

A soothing palette of gray and white keeps the mood serene in this mountain modern Vail, Colorado, home. Rift-sawn oak cabinets offer a clean backdrop in the kitchen, which has a Silestone island that accommodates meal preparation as well as counter-height seating for four under Tech Lighting smoke-glass pendants. Silestone quartz repeats on the countertops and backsplash, and open shelving puts favorite pottery and art pieces on display. 

DESIGNERS Kelsey Cole and Yvonne Jacobs, Slifer Designs, Edwards, CO
DEVELOPER AND DESIGNER Sharon Cohn, Solaris Vail Redevelopment Co Vail, CO

4. Mix and mingle

Photo by Lauren Ruehring, courtesy of Kitchenscapes

Perfect for entertaining, this Silverthorne, Colorado, home has a spacious kitchen anchoring the main floor. Appliances include a six-burner Wolf range and multiple ovens, as well as a Sub-Zero refrigerator built into alder cabinets with an espresso stain and black glaze. Butcher block serves as a dining surface on one end of the roomy island (and during parties, as the bar), and as a work space on the other.

INTERIOR DESIGNERS Lynn Myers and Nikki Colao, Harmony Interiors, Frisco, CO
KITCHEN DESIGNER Lauren Ruehring, Kitchenscapes, Breckenridge, CO

5. Chef-driven design

Photo by David Livingston

From the La Cornue range with its polished nickel hood and backsplash of Pratt & Larson tile to the Calacatta gold marble countertops and work surfaces, this Salt Lake City, Utah, kitchen achieves the homeowner’s goals for a space that is as beautiful as it is functional. The butcher-block section of the island adds texture and function, as do the stained white oak cabinets flanking the range, with nooks for cookbooks and accessories.

DESIGNER Anne-Marie Barton, Salt Lake City, UT

6. Chic chalet

Photo by Dino Tonn

For their Park City, Utah, vacation retreat, a couple wanted an updated version of the Swiss chalets they loved from their travels. With its Bulthaup cabinetry and open shelving, the kitchen’s clean-lined design is in stunning contrast to the reclaimed barnwood that covers the home’s ceilings, walls and floors. Other modern takes are the hide-covered acrylic Interlude Home chairs around an 18th-century yew wood table, and an antler-inspired metal chandelier with furry shades. 

DESIGNERS Donna Vallone and Niki Saulino, Vallone Design, Inc., Scottsdale, AZSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave


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