Text by: Tiffany Carboni
When Shylo Preston, KBD of The Kitchen Source was asked to artistically reinvent a Dallas kitchen for a couple of empty nesters to last them through the years, she took the task to heart. “What struck me most was how courageous they were willing to be with the design,” she says. “They love to support local artists and wanted to do so in a very personal way.”
Given the couple’s penchant for robust reds and yellows, they encouraged Preston to use as much as she could. The resulting custom backsplash by Oceanside Glass is one of the room’s most adored pieces of art. Equally ornate is the glass bar by Coyote Glass, which is attached to the kitchen island. It offers an eye-catching spot for the homeowners’ many informal gatherings. The extremely clear Starfire glass was carved on the underside, then painted and backed with metal.
Surrounding it are four faux leather and polished steel base stools by Cattelan Italia. Interior designer Tonia Coleman of Le Belle Maison Interiors handpicked these, along with the dining chairs by Lazar and a table by Modern Furniture Classics.
Preston continued the art exhibit feel by hanging pendant icicle lights by LBL over the island to look like a sculptural installation. In between the kitchen and the living room, she crafted open glass shelving for the homeowners’ colorful collections, now brilliantly lit by small pinpoint halogens.
To complement the Baja quartz countertops by Caesarstone, Preston added 12-by-24-inch porcelain floor tiles from Happy Floors’ Kaleido collection laid in an ashlar pattern. All the materials, including the Sub-Zero appliances, were chosen for their beauty, functionality and ability to age gracefully.
To that end, Preston used cherry cabinetry from Wood-Mode Custom Cabinetry’s Brookhaven line (), stained Fireside. The durable cabinets include easy-to-use rollout drawers, pantries, appliance garages and a pullout trash receptacle. The cherry theme continues to the open shelves located to the right of the stovetop where the home chef keeps her favorite cookbooks.
On either side of the Wolf range are the kitchen’s original windows. “I didn’t want to move them for a variety of reasons so we designed around them, framing them with the same cherry wood as the cabinets,” says Preston.
With all these elements in place, the homeowners now have the functional-meets-artistic kitchen that they craved, each detail working in harmony to satisfy the personality of its owners.