Steve and Lona Petri created a sleek and stylish kitchen within the rustic ambiance of their log home. With open, 24-foot ceilings which feature massive log beams, the Petris wanted to achieve a more intimate feel in the kitchen. “We placed four log beams much lower over the kitchen to create this atmosphere,” said Lona. “It visually reduces the volume of the large space. It’s still open but it creates the illusion of coziness.”
Cherry cabinets, in an L-shaped configuration, create an efficient traffic flow. The cherry cabinetry also adds a hint of formal elegance and sets the kitchen apart from the woodsy and inviting mood of the living room. “We chose cherry because it gave an entirely different feel to the kitchen,” she said. “It’s a bit more formal than the rest of the house.” Three different finishes were used on the cabinets to highlight the beautiful wood grain.
The Petris added leaded glass cabinet doors not only for visual interest but also to display Lona’s colorful Denby dishes. “Cabinets can be so uniform looking,” she said. “In a log home it is very monochromatic with all of the wood. You have to look for ways to add splashes of color to make it beautiful and interesting.” Indeed, Lona carried the infusion of color from the lively blue, green and burgundy dishes into the curtains and the carpets of the kitchen and breakfast nook.
With such an open floor plan and the massive size of the logs, special consideration had to be given to the scale of the kitchen. “When we drew it out on paper in the design process, the kitchen was originally much smaller,” Lona said. “But when the house was being built, we realized that some modifications were needed to take the scale into account.” Lona decided to have 4 _ foot walkways around the work areas. “Despite our earlier reservations, we have found it to be just the perfect size to work side-by-side and not be in each other’s way,” she said.
Incorporating an oversized, six by eight foot island into the kitchen was another change dictated by the scale of the house. “It was much smaller in the planning stages,” she said. “I am so pleased with the change.” With ample workspace and storage, it is also the perfect gathering spot for entertaining with bar seating on two sides. “It’s a very usable space,” said Lona. “And it is perfect for setting up a buffet.” The island also provides a natural division between the great room and the kitchen.