Today’s trend in kitchens is going against the grain

All-white kitchens may never be a thing of the past, but lately we are seeing a shift in kitchen design. Stainless appliances are being wrapped in elegant wood in a range of colors as homeowners personalize the heart of the home to match the way they live



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photograph by neil landino jr.


Unique wood adds to classic with a twist

When Beth Sisca wanted a new kitchen in her antique farmhouse in Riverside, she called on Jennifer Howard of JWH Design & Cabinetry. “The homeowner had specific ideas for her space,” says Howard. “She needed us to guide her with the layout, functioning and tying it all together.”

By flipping rooms, design options were increased. “The existing kitchen was in the wrong place,” says Howard. “We also had a dropped structural beam that was non-negotiable. By adding flanking tall storage cabinets and glass cabinets opposite the windows, there’s now a balanced symmetry. The dropped beam looks like a natural, and purposeful, design detail.”



photograph by neil landino jr.


Finding storage space was another challenge. “We had to be creative since we were working around some old house quirks. In the butler’s pantry, we used matching cabinet panels to disguise hidden storage in the backsplash area,” says Howard.

The wooden cabinets were inspired by a dark mahogany front door. “I love the contrast of dark and light,” says Sisca. “My own design style is very classic, with a twist. I did not want a white kitchen. I love wood and the warmth that it brings into a house.” For the corner wood countertop, “we introduced her to Wenge,” says Howard. “It’s naturally dark without stain, so it’s perfect for a food-prep surface.”

The kitchen gained a corner table, while a large island divides the space and provides additional seating. “I have a family of six and a Labrador retriever, so I cook a lot,” notes Sisca. “My husband says I command from behind the sink as the family does homework and just hangs out. It’s my favorite part of the house.”

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