More Maryland Kitchen Selections


Since I am now designing kitchens for clients who are building new homes I get to design the cabinetry for multiple homes in the same area. Last week I shared the selections of a kitchen I’m designing in Maryland and this week I’m sharing another in the same neighborhood. The similarities here are the white cabinets and the Cambria Torquay ( a faux calacatta marble countertop material made in America from quartz). This kitchen has more transitional elements including the contemporary Belo faucet by Brizo that the client selected. I helped select some coordinating cabinet handles and suggested a door style similar to a shaker style with a flat panel but with a little more detailing. Since this kitchen is overlay and not inset, the detail on the door and drawer edges, the 5 piece drawer fronts and the small ogee panel molding will help it from looking too plain. Which look is your favorite?

1. Cabinetry 2. Apron Front Sink 3. Hardware 4. Faucet 5. New Quay Cambria 6. Torquay Cambria

Draper-DBS Display

Snyder Diamond is a company that sells appliances, plumbing fixtures and hardware at three locations around LA. We at Hollywood Sierra Kitchens (HSK) collaborate with them often on orders for our clients and we have displays at two of their locations, Santa Monica and Pasadena. At the Santa Monica location, we have a Subzero/Wolf Living Kitchen display that we designed using our cabinetry line DRAPER-DBS. Two weeks ago our new assistant Christina and I stopped in to see the new Dornbracht horizontal shower (see my post on it here) and while we were there I wanted to give Christina a tour of the kitchen. When we got there we encountered the caterers  – this is a “living display” after all.

The Kitchen has taupe and white painted cabinetry with a walnut island and oven cabinet. The sink wall cabinetry features an apron front sink and a paneled dishwasher to the right. The taupe cabinetry shown below hides two Subzero column refrigeration units with a pull-out pantry and a pull-out trash in the center.  The beautiful pendant fixture over the island is by Jonathan Adler.
IMG_5385Below is Christina modeling the functionality of our ingeniously hidden pair of Subzero 736TCI’s. The hardware placement and the multiple drawer fronts trick the user into thinking the cabinetry is really an armoire. The x-mullion accent doors above with mirror panels inserts add glamor to the piece.


Another unique part of the display is the “hidden” oven cabinet. On the bottom left is the cabinet with the retractable doors closed. On the bottom right is that cabinet with the retractable doors open, exposed an L-series Wolf single oven. Below on the left is a side view, the cabinet looks to be only 12″ deep because it is recessed into the wall. This kitchen design is so special because it features multiple custom furniture-like pieces that house major appliances. The concept of the integration is very modern (especially three+ years ago when it was installed) but this kitchen still has a very traditional “New England” look.


Above right is the countertop detail on the island, the material we used was cinder Caesarstone with espresso Caesarstone for the pinstripe. Only a really great fabricator could pull this look off and we were thrilled with how it turned out. The edge detail is a 2.25″ high beveled edge with a straight apron.

Here are two more of my favorite details from the sink wall cabinetry. The latch hardware in polished nickel is such a crowd-pleaser, it gives a vintage ice chest vibe while being practical for those living in earthquake zones. The cabinetry is frameless and flush inset. The door style is a flat panel door with a stepped molding. The stepped detail is repeated in the under-cabinet and crown molding. The backsplash is from Walker Zanger, it is their “Hollywood Grand field pattern” in calacata. On the right is the wood countertop made of wenge from Qwinique. That edge detail is a 1.5″ high cove edge with a straight apron. Do you like our display? Which detail is your favorite?