Tuscan-Inspired Walnut Kitchen

Oscar Acevedo Case Study
1These antiques-loving homeowners had visited Tuscany, and came into the showroom enthralled with the Old World architecture of Italy. Their kitchen was long and narrow, with oak cabinets. They entertained family often, and there was congestion between the kitchen and family room (visible through doorway).2The wife wanted seating for six at the island, and was willing to give up the casual dining area next to the patio door. When Oscar showed them his design, and mentioned that they could have a walnut kitchen for the price of cherry, they enthusiastically approved.

3To open the space for entertaining, Oscar expanded the opening to the family room with a Roman arch, and positioned the range in the corner with a custom wood hood for venting to the outside. Both rooms benefited from improved traffic flow and increased light.

4Oscar placed a small service counter (foreground) under the arch for access from the family room, and extended the cabinetry, terminating with a wine cooler. The new island has seating for eight, plus a warming drawer and a prep sink.

5The open arch is repeated in the arched bookcase. The Signature cabinetry features such traditional features as crown molding and a recessed panel with applied molding. The door style is Verona in Walnut with Mandarin stain. The generous island, topped in Rosewood granite, ensures seating for family and friends.

6To make the room wide enough for the new island, Oscar removed a walk-in pantry and recessed the stainless steel refrigerator, then added shallow pantry cabinets with arched glass at top to display fine china and wine glasses. Hear the homeowners’ reaction to their Tuscan kitchen in their own words.

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