Northern Michigan's 2013 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour: #11, Sleeping Bear Dunes Rustic in Glen Arbor

Designer: Kristen Myers, Kitchen Choreography, 231.932.9700,

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Working with the homeowners, kitchen designer Kristen Myers used as her design cue the stunning expanse of Sleeping Bear Dunes Bay shoreline out the window of this new home. Her first design choice was a tawny-colored ash floor that set the tone for maple cabinetry stained in oregano and glazed in a nickel shade: Think sand dunes covered in beach grass and driftwood.

Beyond inset doors, the cabinetry is purposely simple to evoke the feeling of a rustic beach or farmhouse. Likewise, the ample central island, stained to match the cabinetry, is clad in V-groove panels that echo old beadboard. Kristen softened the effect of the stainless hood by topping it with a maple valance, further accentuating the kitchen’s rustic feel.

The island, like the perimeter counters, is topped in bianco Romano granite with its naturally dynamic pattern of steely gray and blue veins waving across a creamy background. Syzygy glazed tiles in watery shades, set into the stone-colored, hand-glazed subway tile behind the range, pay more homage to the Lake Michigan view outside the door.

Two dishwashers, a double oven and top-performing appliances make entertaining in this kitchen as easy as a lake breeze.


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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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