PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFFERY JOHNSTON
New Orleanians, it can be argued, spend a majority of their socializing in the kitchen, the heart of the home. But when the guests go home for the night, we like to unwind in stylish comfort, which is when the bath becomes not just a luxury but a necessity. For our annual kitchen and bath feature, we consulted designers and vendors and checked out numerous contenders. What follows are three kitchens and three bathrooms in varying styles. Each one is an exquisite, inspiring space.
The mix of materials is what makes this kitchen,” says Penny Francis of the kitchen she designed for a new Lakeview home. The clients were specific about what they wanted: modern design with classic elements, two islands (one for cleaning/prep, one for eating), a coffee station and a bar. Because the footprint of the space is large, Francis used a combination of cabinet materials – Italian laminates, brushed silver and burled maple (Crystal Cabinetry through Mattix Cabinets) – to add warmth and depth. To balance the ceiling height, she added brushed aluminum overhead cabinets with frosted glass. Quartz countertops with waterfall side panels on the breakfast island (quartz from Tuscan Stone), Carrara marble subway tiles, (Eclectic Home), tab hardware pulls (Eclectic Home), stainless appliances (Nordic Kitchens & Baths), chrome plumbing fixtures (Southland), and two sizes of the same pendant light (Eclectic Home) were chosen to complement the sleek modernity of the cabinets.
by Lee Cutrone