Kitchens

Min­i­mal­ism? Not in this stor­age-rich kitchen.

Traditional Home - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY SALLY FINDER WEEPIE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY NATHAN SCHRODER PRO­DUCED BY JENNY O’CON­NOR

min­i­mal­ism has its place—and that place is not in Heidi Allen’s house. “I see these clean-lined kitchens with no up­per cab­i­nets, no room for glasses and plates, and I won­der, Where do peo­ple put stuff ? ” she says. “I can’t live with­out cab­i­nets.”

Thank­fully, she doesn’t have to. The stor­age-rich, well-ap­pointed kitchen in the new Dal­las home she shares with hus­band Jeff abounds with cab­i­nets: up­per cab­i­nets, lower cab­i­nets, even cab­i­nets dis­guised to look like they’re part of the fur­ni­ture-style is­land.

Heidi has plenty of room to store ev­ery­thing she needs for her fa­vorite pas­time: en­ter­tain­ing oo­dles of friends and fam­ily, in­clud­ing the cou­ple’s four grown chil­dren.

While Heidi cooks, she can in­ter­act with the kids, who love to perch at the is­land (and charge their phones at clev­erly hid­den out­lets). The is­land’s deep sink and quartz coun­ter­tops make it an ef­fi­cient prep zone handy to the ap­pli­ance wall and range. Hid­den be­hind the ad­ja­cent cab­i­netry are re­frig­er­a­tor and freezer draw­ers that al­low Heidi to store enough food for a small army of guests.

“They’re a large, tight-knit fam­ily, so it was im­por­tant to have a space that’s func­tional,” de­signer Traci Con­nell says.

At the same time, Heidi wanted a whole lot of pretty—which Con­nell and builder Danes Cus­tom Homes de­liv­ered. Me­tal-frame win­dows let sun­light wash over ceil­ing beams with a bleached fin­ish that echoes wide-plank floors. Pale gray cab­i­netry and sandy-hue din­ing chairs, car­pet, and tile fur­ther the bor­der­ing-on-beachy mood.

“I wanted to take the Cal­i­for­nia ca­sual style the fam­ily loves and bring their per­son­al­ity into it,” Con­nell says.

That meant splash­ing the neu­tral with hits of blue and lay­er­ing in a thought­ful ar­ray of tex­tures on fur­ni­ture pieces. “I like to mix woods and pat­terns for a lived-in, col­lected feel,” Con­nell says.

The mood is lux­u­ri­ous, yet it’s a liv­able lux­ury em­pha­siz­ing fam­i­lyfriendly fea­tures like per­for­mance fab­rics and a wash­able cot­ton rug.

“Traci made the house true to us,” Heidi says. “It’s all so func­tional, but at the same time, it’s beau­ti­ful—like a work of art.”

In­te­rior de­signer: Traci Con­nell

I WANTED TO TAKE THE CAL­I­FOR­NIA CA­SUAL STYLE THE FAM­ILY LOVES AND BRING THEIR PER­SON­AL­ITY INTO IT. Ó —de­signer Traci Con­nell

Range area A Wolf range pairs with a cus­tom vent hood to form a high-power cook­ing sta­tion with a view. Warm­ing drawer Food stays toasty in a Miele warm­ing drawer, one com­po­nent of a mul­ti­func­tional ap­pli­ance wall that also in­cludes a steam oven and a cof­fee sys­tem. Pre­ced­ing page Rope-back din­ing chairs by Ori­ent Ex­press pro­vide com­fort­able seats around the white-fin­ished oak ta­ble by Bern­hardt. Tar­nished nickel post caps add a thought­ful de­tail. Setting a so­phis­ti­cated back­drop are hand­made cus­tom-glazed tile by Ann Sacks.

Kitchen Jeff and Heidi Allen wanted a kitchen that can han­dle a crowd. A spa­cious lay­out in­cludes gen­er­ous aisles be­tween work and gath­er­ing ar­eas. “I can have peo­ple over, and there’s no ‘par­don me, ex­cuse me,’” Heidi says. Cab­i­netry is cus­tom; coun­ters are Taj Ma­hal quartzite, a Brazil­ian stone that re­sem­bles Cala­catta mar­ble but is much harder and more durable. The faucet is by Water­stone. Bar stools are from Van­guard. Acrylic fixtures from Hud­son Val­ley Light­ing keep sight lines clear. Cool­ing wall A quar­tet of freezer draw­ers tucks un­der the re­frig­er­a­tor unit, all stylishly hid­den be­hind cab­i­netry pan­els.

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