Sicilian Antique Reclamation
The owners built their custom home 25 years ago in a very decorative Spanish colonial décor theme indoors and out, overlooking the ocean. The existing kitchen was small, outdated and unable to handle the owner’s collections of dishes, glasses and serving ware. The adjoining turret room with fireplace was originally designed too small for a breakfast nook, so it was underutilized with low windows. Structurally, to create a flow of area usage, the turret windows were raised, a wing wall was removed, and the sink cabinetry was designed to continue into the circular room hugging the perimeter walls. This provided base storage and a Butler’s Pantry, which purposed their coffee maker and built-in refrigerator within an opening of a previous fireplace.
Another fireplace at the patio end of the Family room was raised above counter level so floor space could be totally utilized here for a Wet Bar. The cabinetry flows from the kitchen into their family room, providing a space for concealed audio/visual and any additional storage. This area is separated from the working kitchen by a 2-sided bar counter with decorative center tile panel. The bar is strategically placed for the owner to be able to sit and view the ocean waves over breakfast.
But here’s the surprise! Our eclectic owners bought an antique Sicilian bedroom set to base their new kitchen from and that’s where we started with the real challenge. The set was identified and inventoried, and the decorative panels were re-appropriated for our kitchen cabinets and family room built-ins. We spent some time sourcing the appropriate craftsman to replicate the carving style resulting in the creation of this unique open plan ensemble, totally harmonious to their home styling.