kitchen's rustic look belies its professional gourmet appeal.
Story by Dawn Schuler
Photos by E. Anthony Valainis
|Designer Shari Porter describes the
cabinets, opposite, as "a very distressed barn-red and
forest-green." The hearth room off the kitchen, right,
provokes a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy a view of the
When you want your traditional log cabin to
look like a rustic camping lodge, you can't install new, pristine
fixtures. That's why homeowners Bill and Barb Tait knew they had
to tread carefully when they were in the planning stages of building
their Michigan summer home. Bill, an Indy custom-home builder,
and his wife, Barb consulted with Shari Porter, kitchen designer
at Reese Kitchens, to come up with just the right design touches
to keep their kitchen in line with the lodge look. Porter suggested
starting with red- and green-painted maple cabinetry that would
reflect the rustic look the Taits were going for.
"The irregularity of the home is part of
its beauty," says Porter, who had to have the cabinets sculpted
out to fit on the curved logs of the walls. To add a softer look
to the room, some of the cabinets were fitted with seeded-glass
fronts. "Seeded glass is semitransparent and has an antique
look to it," Porter says.
With the cabinets chosen, the rest of the kitchen
design flowed naturally. Another key consideration in the planning
process was the Taits' entertaining and gourmet food- preparation
needs. "This is a two-cook kitchen with all the amenities
to fit their lifestyle," says Porter, referring to the kitchen's
professional eight-burner cooktop, griddle, double oven and Sub-Zero
Aside from the distressed cabinets, the Taits
chose other materials that exude a natural, homey feel. The countertops
are made of granite, and the floors are knotty cypress. Extra-deep
drawers accommodate pot and pan storage, and apothecary drawers
give the kitchen a more furniture-like feel. Furthering the aged
look in the kitchen, the island features a reproduction antiqued
wall hung faucet as well as a seating area for light suppers.
Porter says her favorite part of the kitchen
design is the color. "It's fun, motivating and inviting.
It's nice to see people aren't afraid of color."
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