Minimalism? Not in this storage-rich kitchen.
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.