"The challenge of this turn-of-the-century farmhouse was to provide a kitchen that would function for the clients' lifestyle in the new millennium while retaining the architectural integrity of the house. We went with a Shaker-style cabinet with inset panel doors in a dark stain, in fitting with the time period. The natural maple floors and butcher block island top, reminiscent of the chopping and food prep that was a staple of early 20th-century life, nicely contrast with the rich cherry wood of the refrigerator, pantry and oven cabinets.
Photo: Mike Kaskel
"The integrated cabinet panels allow the refrigerator to blend in with the rest of the room. The framed Sub-Zero model was chosen over the overlay series because the single pull cabinet knob was not recommended and the client liked the traditional full-length handle. We chose simple black wrought-iron knobs for the cabinets. The clean lines of cabinet moldings imitate those of the windows. In this kitchen, a simple, clean look was key."
Designer: Jim McDonaugh
Arlington Heights, Illinois