Laura Gray, a kitchen designer for Northern Michigan Hardwoods in Petoskey, helped the Vick family outfit their new kitchen in their old cabin on Walloon Lake with a beverage center, built-in microwave and other modern amenities. By utilizing the following design solutions, she translated the vintage feel of the rest of the cabin into the new kitchen.
1. Painted cabinets: Gray designed a bank of red-painted cabinets on one kitchen wall to evoke the feeling of the homemade cabinets that are common in Up North cabins.
2. Mixed cabinetry: Gray placed a wall of new maple cabinets facing the painted cabinets to simulate the way a much-loved cabin is gradually remodeled over the years and generations.
3. Exposing an old wall: Gray wanted to keep a part the old log-and-chink walls exposed without sacrificing storage space. The solution was an open shelf mounted to the log wall.
To see what other design solutions Gray brought to this fabulous kitchen, make it one of your stops on the 2009 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour, Saturday, October 24.