Northern Michigan's 2013 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour: ?#7, Kitchen of Many Colors in Traverse City

Designer: Sandra Bargiel, CKD, Bay Cabinetry, Traverse City, 231.946.6882,

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When Kirsten Pappas decided to refit the 1990s kitchen in her century-old church-turned-home, she had three directives for kitchen designer Sandra Bargiel of Bay Cabinetry & Design Studio: Make it fun, make it different and make it comfortable.

Sandra knew she could do all that—and that she could bring the bold colors that Kirsten uses in the rest of the home into the kitchen. Ah, but Job One? To reflow the large but inefficient kitchen area and rip out the homely oak cabinets. The heart of Sandra’s new plan is a generous island that combines a black granite counter top with a stainless prep counter. “I love the flow,” Kirsten says. “It allows for several chefs preparing food at several work stations, as well as a nice social setting for those who prefer to sit and relax.”

Sandra selected contemporary high-gloss, acrylic-wrap, black cabinets—a choice that simultaneously anchors the kitchen’s bright lime and turquoise wall colors and acts as a reflector for them. Five of the cabinets are lift-up style, a selection Sandra made for their ease of access and their hip Euro look.

Slate-colored ceramic tile and glass pendant lights round out this energetic room that can handle everything from entertaining to the comings and goings of a house full of teenagers.


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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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