IE D G I N G T OWA R D C O N T EM P O R A R Y NCORPORATING a functional design aesthetic was a
goal for Chris and Susan Dixon, who purchased a home
on Edgewater Lane that was built in 1978.
“We wanted an open floor plan with a large island at
the center, so our family could be together,” notes Susan Dixon.
Opening the kitchen to showcase a view of the pool was also
essential. Creating a contemporary atmosphere with clean lines
and lots of hidden storage was another goal for the couple, who
found their original design inspiration in a kitchen and bath
The couple shared that magazine photo with their contractor
and his wife, David and Teresa Van Damme, as well as April
Pearson, a friend who is an interior designer.
“We wanted something that would be contemporary
without being too modern,” Dixon says. “Our house had been
remodeled by several different owners, so there were many
different styles to merge.”
To successfully translate the vision, the design team replaced
the tile with hardwood floors and mounted a sleek new range
hood in the ceiling. A creative use of frosted glass for the doors
allows sunlight to spill inside without sacrificing privacy, while
white oak wood cabinetry delivers a seamless design aesthetic.
“We love everything about this kitchen, from the sliding
cabinet doors that hide the coffee maker and toaster oven, to
the drawer for the microwave in the island and the custom-made
spice rack and utensil storage,” Dixon says.
Another innovative design feature is the drop zone by the
entry, which was designed to conceal backpacks, shoes and
“The large island with storage on both sides is another
favorite for us,” adds Dixon, “because the quartzite looks like
a frozen lake, and with the lights on at night, it really looks
The slab of quartzite
used for the island and
the lighter tones in the
wood cabinetry stand
out against the darker
stone that surrounds the
gas range and beverage
center. With glass insets
in the cabinet doors that
make it easy to find the
perfect coffee mug, rocks,
tumbler or wine glass,
plus an integrated wine
fridge, beverage centers
such as the one in the
Dixon’s kitchen have
become an increasingly
popular design feature.
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