5 Stunning Spaces + Saving Kitchens – #1 Refined Contrast


Written By: Jan Walker

You’ve heard the familiar rhyme, “No matter where I serve my guests, they always like my kitchen best.” Well, that goes double – literally – for this roomy remodeled kitchen in a spacious, traditional Sal Lake City home.

The original kitchen was a little cramped for the homeowerns, who entertain frequently, so Tessa Arneson, a designer for Cottonwood Fine Kitchen Furniture, in Draper, Utah, helped them create an elegant and functional kitchen designed to suit their social lifestyle.

The expanded kitchen was created to open into an adjoining great room, which was also updated with a new fireplace and entertainment center to tie the two spaces together. Accents such as a desk area in one corner of the kitchen with a rich chocolate brown wood finish echo the finish wood furnishings in the great room.

The homeowners wanted their new kitchen to better reflect the traditional style of their home and its furnishings.

To create a kitchen that would be beautiful as well as functional, Arneson chose white inset cabinetry, which anchors the room with a feeling of substance and style.

Windows line on wall of the kitchen and provide a view of the beautiful backyard. Skylights around the white recessed ceiling flood the kitchen with lights, which in turn reflects off the brilliantly polished beveled granite countertops and backsplash.

A large, open radius island in chocolate brown wood is topped with the same creamy granite surface, richly veined with swirls of brown, green, and red.

On the opposite end of the island, there is seating for four or five at a half-moon-shaped table. A slightly elevated buffet, attached to the island, provides service space and conceals the kitchen sink.

Additional seating is available at the kitchen’s breakfast bar, and also a small table area.

New appliances were added, including a brushed stainless steel stove. Above the stove, an ornate fabricated limestone hood lends a classical, almost Tuscan, feel to the room. The integrated refrigerator with wood paneled doors blends seamlessly with the rest of the cabinetry, including a convenient pull-out pantry.

Dark wood floors anchor the bright, airy kitchen.

For the homeowners, who gave Arneson an enormous amount of freedom in the design process, the most important outcome was functionality.

Arneson says, with all the space available for entertaining their guests, the familiar old rhyme rings true: Everyone always ends up in the kitchen.