Northern Michigan's 2013 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour: #10, Soul Kitchen in Leland

Designer:  Marty Rhein, CKD, CBD, BAC Design Group, 231.941.0014,

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Homeowner Patty Ray tells us that she happily plays sous-chef to her loves-to-cook husband Scott. “But we both absolutely love our kitchen,” she adds, “It is the soul of our home.”

Kitchen designer Marty Rhein’s recipe for this stunning kitchen, in a Craftsman-style walkout set above Lake Michigan’s Good Harbor Bay, relies on the drama of contrasting shades of dark and light. Handsome Manchurian rustic walnut floors and black granite countertops present potent foil to a flood of whitewashed surfaces that include the cupboards, wainscoting and V-groove ceiling. 

Handsome architectural details manifested in custom trim and inset cabinetry lend the room a classic air. But Patty’s favorite part just may be what you don’t see: a large hidden pantry (with a secret access door) that adds functionality-plus. “I love, love, love it,” she says, adding that her favorite part of the pantry is a tablecloth rack that was Marty’s design solution for wall space that couldn’t be used for shelving. 

The floor plan includes a spacious island that Patty says allows several people to cook at the same time and is also a great spot for laying out a buffet or working on a craft project. Factor in the adjacent four-season porch, and it is no surprise that the kitchen is the shining soul of this home.


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Get a preview to the 2013 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour in the October issue of Northern Home & Cottage & Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.


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