From classic to contemporary to places in between, the range of styles in these spaces are as much about gathering as cooking.
by Maria Hess
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Xavier Teixido brought home ideas from the kitchens of his two restaurants: Harry’s Savoy Grill and Harry’s Seafood Grill. But he and wife, Nina, turned to designer Catherine Hodgins of Kitchens By Design to create a professional but country-style kitchen that was roomy enough for the entire family to cook in. That mission was accomplished by blending black granite counters with yellowish-green Shaker-style cabinets, adding vintage bronze hardware, and installing a skylight at center. A pro like Teixido needed two islands. The one closest to the Wolf range is topped in butcher block, with storage for dishes and cookware below. The second island has a raised counter of polished uba tuba granite, which can be purchased at Bath, Kitchen & Tile Center (Wilmington, 992-9210; Harbeson, 684-5691).
Blending cabinet woods and finishes is a trend in kitchen design. Jen and Dave Mench designed their Wilmington space to combine Kahle cabinets in antique white and an island in cherry with butternut finish. The Elkay undermount sink is flanked by Giallo ornamental granite countertops, and the Emporio medallion above the stove is framed by travertine mosaic tile.
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