Take an audio/visual tour of Ruby ’s kitchen, with illustrations and descriptions of Mark Nettesheim's ideas for transforming the space.
Wed, 20 Jun 2012|
-My name is Ruby Siero-Tanti. I live in Campbell, California and I won the Traditionalhome Kitchen Giveaway. When I met with kitchen designer, Mark Nettesheim, he asked about how we use our kitchen. Favorite colors, the things that I like and don't like, and what I'd like to change. I told him that I've always wanted an island in the kitchen. We weren't planning to expand the space, but if he could figure out how to fit an island in it, that would be wonderful. Mark asked about style and colors. I told him I like things to feel cozy and I'm drawn to earthly colors. Certainly I wanted to upgrade our appliances, which winning this give away would allow us to do. I did mention to Mark that a couple of things in our kitchen weren't easy to use, such as the drawer that's in the corner between the stove and the sink, because it's hard to get to. Mark asked how I felt about people in the kitchen with me. I told him I loved it, because we entertain a lot. And even when I prep fruit party the night before, there are always some things to do in the kitchen when the guests are here. I like having people around me in the kitchen 'cause it makes me feel like a part of the party. This has been an awesome experience so far and I cannot wait to see the finish product. Thank you, Traditionalhome. -I'm Mark Nettesheim, certified kitchen designer and owner of Classic Kitchens and Designs in Carmel, California. One of the first things that I saw on Ruby's kitchen was the table and chairs dominating the space. They crowded the room and made it feel small. They also made entertaining harder. Ruby told me her biggest desire was to have an island, which was perfect. The island I designed is rounded at one end for easy traffic flow and it's better for entertaining too. The island has sitting for 6, so the family can still enjoy the meals in the kitchen. The opposite end of the island is the prep and cooking area, including a very durable African wood. The cooktop is Jenn-Air's 36 inch gas downdraft. The prep sink is Kohler's Undermount Entertainers Sink and a biscuit finish. For both this prep sink and the main sink, I have recommended Kohlers of both pullout faucet. Ruby has quite a collection of ruby red glassware and the hutch has design to display it. The finish on the hutch is not a real vibrant red, it's somewhat toned down, but it's strong enough to create some excitement in the room. We kept the light finish on the island and a light finish on the walls to make the room feel larger. All the cabinets are Quality Custom Cabinetry Saxton. The base cabinets are brandy finish on mahogany. The upper and top cabinets are on ivory finish on cherry wood. Ivory has a very slight rub through finish, so you can see a little of the cherry coming through. It's very pretty. The pennant light fixtures over the island are just fun and went to the [unk]. With the Lutron GRAFIK Eye control, Ruby can bring the brightness up when she's working at the island or take it down when she wants a quieter mood. The GRAFIK Eye also controls other lights around the room, including the light underneath the cabinet. The Morso wood stove is one of the element that help make this kitchen cozy. We have placed it against the natural steel back guard on the brick wall and then suggesting she had the simple concrete mantel. That would give it a more contemporary lofty sense against the brick. The flooring is 5-inch wide plank from Armstrong called Cherry Copper Kettle. It has nice craftsman and crafted look. And I think it adds to the character and warmth of the kitchen. If you look at the before photos, you'll see a groove window out of the corner on my plan. That gets the main sink out of the corner and gives better design symmetry too. Overall, this kitchen is very harmonious and calming. There's a lot of colors to make the room interesting, but everything comes together well. A room should make you smile when you walk in. These colors and materials work well together for a very pleasing space.