Inspired kitchen and bath elements are showcased to stir inclinations for refreshing spring renewals
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The art of designing appealing kitchens and baths that express an owner’s vision often rests with the all-important details. Like pieces of a puzzle, architects and designers build on a framework that gains an edge when precise personal elements spark each other and make the house become a home. The following kitchens and baths from throughout Acadiana magnify collaborations that will have you longing for long baths and evenings spent hearthside.
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
Rather than building the Alys Beach-style residence originally planned for a newly acquired lot, architect and interior designer Tanya Zaunbrecher and her architect husband, Gil (of the award-winning Zaunbrecher Design firm) dramatically altered their domain’s direction soon after their daughter was born. Instead, they decided to create a single-story, modern farmhouse with a fluid and open living area adjoined by a kitchen with a view. An abundance of filtered sunlight finds its way through a clerestory and the 16-foot long glass door system that extends the living area onto a courtyard. The combined foyer, living and dining areas segue into the modern kitchen, with its gray stained wood ceiling that pays homage to a hay loft. Bright accents of orange and lime green provide punches of color, from the glass subway tile backsplash, the art and lime green Eames-inspired molded wire base chairs. Island pendants are by Kichler; cube lighting is by World Imports; modern cabinets are from Acadiana Kitchen and Bath.
A Chic Suite
The Zaunbrecher’s master bath, located at the far end of the house in a sleek and minimalist master suite, was designed for a dual purpose. It doubles as a pool house bath, and opens onto a tropical poolscape. Walls of cashmere gray tile are laid out in a subtle stripe pattern by alternating honed and glossy rows for textural interest. Since the couple gets ready for work at the same time, they designed two showers, two water closets, two floating vanities and two ample walk-in closets in one space. Large windows allow plenty of natural light. The shared shower wall is appointed with a bronze
metal-finish tile from Daltile. Custom removable film window coverings by 3form shield the doors for
a subtle, modern feel.
Familial Culinary Proclivities
Designed to accommodate children and family-oriented entertaining with the added allure of multiple backyard and patio views, Colin and Lauren Bercier’s two-story, split plan home bridges the exterior with the interior by incorporating the same stacked stone into the kitchen walls which seamlessly continue into the dining room. The gray glazed white cabinets that are stacked from floor to ceiling are meant to draw the eye up to the coffered kitchen ceiling. The architects from Zaunbrecher Design divided the spaces with a stone arc, while incorporating gray and white granite countertops that are highlighted by industrial pendant fixtures from Kichler. The cathedral ceiling renders an added sense of space for the built-in family breakfast table that was deemed an essential kitchen component. A dark, bold backsplash directs interest to the cooking wall, which showcases a gas cooktop, arched-wood hood, pot filler, hidden refrigerator and double oven. Appliances by Whirlpool Gold, Thermador and Bosch; modern stainless farm sink by Kohler.
Transitional in style, the Bercier’s ensuite master bath sets the tone for ultimate relaxation. A shimmering crystal chandelier serves as an elegant centerpiece. The luxurious parental retreat is flanked by a double vanity and tub with a window above that lets sunshine pour into the large walk-in shower mosaic-tiled floors. Equipped with multiple showerheads, the soothing shower echoes a relaxing spa-like experience. Modern sconces are positioned on either side of the vanity that integrates white cabinets with a gray glaze, Carrera marble countertops and a stacked-stone backsplash. The shower walls feature the same stacked stone as the vanity.
Utilizing a cheerful color palette of creams, blues and yellows, principal interior design consultant Mindy Gromer Bernard (of the full-service design studio and retail showroom Entre Nous) set the tone for this warm and inviting kitchen with country charm. Centered around a 48-inch Thermador six-burner stove, the spacious room is enhanced with antique wood beams and floating antique wood shelves that display the owners’ beloved confit jars and cookbooks collected through years of exploring gastronomy. Entry to the kitchen is through a large, framed case opening topped with glass transoms. Taj Mahal quartzite countertops create a durable and functional work surface, while glass schoolhouse-style pendants finished in antique brass illuminate the island. The brick backsplash with whitewash finish lends a textural element. A knotty alder appliance garage accented in blue is accented with antique brass hardware.
The master bath in the country chic retreat was transformed into a relaxing retreat by Entre Nous. The designers utilized a palette of calming, serene colors that reflect the creams and blues of the kitchen. Tall French Tangier-style dual mirrors with starburst studs create an elegant feel above two sinks that flank the lower vanity area in the center of the divided hand basins. The floor is embellished with a 6-inch wide marble border with an intricate marble hexagon mosaic inlay. A custom shutter installed at the far end of the master bath leads the eye through an intimate, blue-hued space that links a private oasis to a large soaker tub nook. Bianco Dolomiti marble counter tops and mixed metals of antique brass and polished nickel give an Old World feel to this serene, soothing milieu.