50th Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design
Cynthia Bennett & Associates Selected to Design
“Today’s” Kitchen and the Butler’s Pantry

Showcase Watercolor                                                                                                                                     Image by Joseph Stoddard

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Dates: April 13 – May 11, 2014
Location:  Pasadena Area
Parking: TBA with Shuttle Service
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Today’s kitchen is the center piece of any home and our concept is to bring this kitchen to the 21st century and to make the space more functional as well as beautiful.  We propose accomplishing this by removing all the walls from the laundry area to the butler’s pantry.  This allows for a more open space and creates different zones in the kitchen. With laundry moving to the second floor, we propose moving the utility bathroom to the west part of the space, which allows for a large island with sink/dishwasher and seating area in the enlarged kitchen.

The kitchen will have a cooking area with a 48” range and custom pewter/nickel hood, 30” double ovens and microwave drawer. The beverage/coffee area will have a sink, dishwasher, wine and beverage refrigerator along with a built-in coffee machine.   Two types of cabinets are provided in the kitchen, white birch with light gray wash on east and west walls, with darker antiqued/stained alder for the island and the cabinets at the north and south ends of the kitchen.The Butler’s pantry retains the charm of the era with flush construction cabinetry in darker/antiqued stain and farmhouse sink. Glass cabinets showcase the finest china and silver.

The two separate areas between the dining room and the coffee/beverage center is transformed to a single seating area to allow for today’s lifestyle.  By removing the walls between the current butler’s pantry and the seating area, an informal eating area is created.  With all the walls taken out one can get a nice view of the back and front yards from the breakfast table.

Since the existing spaces are quite dark, the overall effect of removing walls will be a light and airy space filled with warmth and sunlight. Our space is unified by using the same flooring throughout, with a color pallet of cream, pale sage and blue tones.  The backsplash will be a patterned tile in 3 shades of cream, which will give warmth against the cooler cabinetry color.  The counters will be a combination of “leathered” sage/cream natural Limestone and polished cream Quartzite.