Gray Kitchen

After its whirlwind face-lift, the kitchen now is the toast of the winery and a cozy entertaining hub.

Woven Shades, Sink Zone

  • The delicate weave of  the white “Alustra Woven Textures” Roman shades from Hunter Douglas filters sunlight without darkening interiors. The UltraGlide operating system has a retractable cord mechanism to adjust shade height. That keeps dangling cords out of sight, which is more attractive and safer  for children and pets.
  • Kohler’s “HiRise” faucet makes filling and cleaning big pots easy, and the faucet’s bridge design is  a nod to the history and heritage of the 1940s cottage. The side spray  has an independent handle valve so it operates like  a mini pullout faucet.  A wood cutting board fits over the extra-deep “Stages” stainless-steel sink, simplifying food prep. 

Paint Power, Wine Keepers

  • Why gut a kitchen when paint can do the trick? This kitchen’s  layout was efficient and the existing cabinets well built, so the designers gave the room a face-lift, painting the walls and the previously cream-colored cabinets with Benjamin Moore’s “Chelsea Gray,” a warm blue-gray hue that complements the stainless-steel appliances. 
  • The Napa Valley house is on the estate of a winery so, of course, the kitchen caters to wine lovers. An undercounter wine cooler keeps wine handy with five pullout racks that store 53-plus bottles. Temperature in the unit is adjustable. Above the cooler is the WineStation, also from Dacor, which preserves and dispenses wine from open bottles. 

Sip & Save

The Discovery WineStation uses argon gas to preserve open bottles of wine for up to 60 days without loss of flavor or aroma, allowing you to sample and save wines at your leisure. The stainless-steel temperature-controlled unit holds up to four bottles in regular and magnum sizes. Spouts dispense the wines in controllable portions (adjustable up to 8 ounces) while keeping them safe from oxidation. Lighted displays provide information such  as the wine type, year, and variety. The unit requires  no plumbing, which makes installation easy. 

Tile & Stone, Appliances

  • A chevron-patterned mosaic made with AKDO’s Calacatta white marble and narrow mirrored tiles creates a stunning backsplash behind the cooktop. A variation on the chevron pattern is repeated on the narrow backsplash strip along the sink wall. The countertops are brown granite with a must-touch “velvet finish.”
  • Stainless-steel Dacor appliances update the kitchen’s efficiency and make entertaining here a pleasure—thanks to a 42-inch built-in refrigerator/freezer, a six-burner gas cooktop with a quiet remote blower, double wall ovens, and a warming drawer.  An integrated dishwasher quietly and efficiently handles cleanup. 


A dining peninsula that extends from the cooktop bisects the kitchen and offers a sunny sitting spot in the middle of the action. A cut-glass crystal “Camille” chandelier from Ballard Designs illuminates the area with a dash of glam. 


The neutral palette is enlivened with richly colored tableware: gold-fluted chargers, “Avani” floral placemats and napkins, and hammered flatware. Barstools and other accessories also from World Market.  

Fine Finish

Wood floors were refinished and trim painted a crisp white. The white swinging door opens to the dining room. 

Wine Reserve Area

Wine and a decanter sit atop the wine reserve from Perlick, ready for company at a moment's notice.

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Gorgeous Gray Napa Valley Kitchen

Stainless-steel appliances inspire a sophisticated palette in a California showhouse

Written by Amy Elbert
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Fine Finish

Wood floors were refinished and trim painted a crisp white. The white swinging door opens to the dining room. 

Countertop (“Brown Antique” slab granite/velvet finish): AKDO,
Hanging light (“Camille Chandelier” #LC659): Ballard Designs,
Counter stools (“Chase Stool with Removable Back” #467601); floral placemat and napkin (“Avani”); napkin rings (“Shiny Brass Scroll Napkin Rings” #346040); charger (“Gold Fluted Chargers” #433761); flatware (hammered silver collection); jug holding flowers (discontinued): World Market,
Dinnerware (“White Alabaster Dinnerware”): Pier 1,


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