K I T C H E N S T H A T C O O K
The kitchen floats in open space that welcomes casual dining and living rooms.
Peter curated 8,000 images on his phone alone and boxloads of magazines.
“What was good about Daryl, she didn’t dictate anything,” Peter says. “She kinda talked me off the ledge, off the cliff.”
His zeal was also tempered by Alli, his wife, whose tastes lean in more traditional directions.
Daryl brought balance to the process by meeting separately with both husband and wife. Embracing the fluid nature of her clients —
even going so far as to shop with Peter during the High Point Market, where he found adjustable height counter stools — she ultimately
helped narrow many of the choices by developing prototypes for the prototype guy.
“I would cut out of cardboard the size of something and hold it up in the space where it would go so he could see the scale,” Daryl says.
Other times she might gently tap the brakes. Case in point: Peter loves tigerwood and wanted to use it on the floors in his kitchen. “It was
too much,” Daryl says.
The Douglas fir cabinets drove the design of the 12-by-14-foot space. Fabricated by VanDamme Customs, the wood-clad lower cabinets
and Richelieu stainless steel pneumatic cabinets are equipped with one-touch-to-open features that require no additional hardware, stretch-ing
the minimalist idiom.
WBM april 2020