Artistic Kitchen and Bath
Forget the one-stop (and generic) shopping at the big-box home improvement stores. With a little extra effort you can adorn your kitchen and bath with local and artistic creations.The kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms of a home that have a utilitarian focus, but that doesn't rule out bringing in beautiful design or hand-made, functional objects.
New Hampshire is full of inspired interior designers, woodworkers, furniture makers, potters and more who create beautiful works of art, from a kitchen renovation in a historical home to accoutrements like stunning sinks.
One such renovation in a Portsmouth home by Vintage Kitchens illustrates that function and great design can go hand and hand.
The kitchen pictured at left is from a early 20th-century Craftsman-style home that was an original Sears Roebuck pre-cut mail order house, "The Hazelton" model. The cost of the home back then? $780-$2,248, depending on the model
ordered. Adding to its historical interest, the house was originally a dairy farm. The entrance to the kitchen used to be from a porch, likely used for cold storage.
Designer Susan Booth and the home- owners worked long and hard to come up with a modern kitchen that suited the needs of a family with children, but still remained true to the history of the house. The original layout was changed slightly to create a better, less-awkward traffic pattern and a small bump-out was added to increase dining space. However, the exterior of the home looks nearly the same.
The cherry cabinets and woodwork were chosen in an effort to match the original woodwork and trim from the dining and living area to make it look like there was no addition at all, says Booth.
"I like the fact that the kitchen really fits the house," adds Booth. "It looks like it belongs - it doesn't look like an addition at all."
The idea was to blend the needs and appliances of the modern world with the look and feel of an older kitchen. Dijon yellow, cherry wood with a honey stain and oil-rubbed bronze hardware were all chosen to match the feel and look of the house.
Rather than ignoring the history of the home and building a completely modern-looking kitchen, the result is a room that adds to the character of the home and makes it that much more special.
24 South St., Concord
More great kitchen and bath design resources3W Design
7 Henniker St., Concord
(603) 226-3399, www.3wdesigninc.com
Cobb Hill Construction
206 North State St., Concord
(603) 224-8373, www.cobbhill.com
Crown Point Cabinetry
462 River Rd., Claremont
(800) 999-4994, www.crown-point.com
139 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua
(603) 891-2916, www.adreamkitchen.com
10 Allen St., Hanover
G.M. Roth Design Remodeling
12 Murphy Drive Nashua
(603) 880-3761, www.gmroth.com
The Granite Group
6 Storrs Avenue Concord, (603) 224-1901
381 Elm Street Manchester, (603) 518-1515
Route 125 Rochester, (603) 332-0550
22 Exeter Road, Route 105 South Hampton, (603) 394-7740
Granite State Cabinetry
384 Route 101, Bedford
(603) 472-4080, www.gscabinetry.com
Kitchen and Bath Home Design Center
inside Cyr Lumber
39 Rockingham Rd., Windham (603) 898-5000
545 Hooksett Rd., Manchester
(603) 518-5507, www.CyrLumber.com
Maple Creek Inc. Custom Builder & Cabinet Maker
18 Cote Ave., Goffstown
(603) 624-6744, www.maplecreekinc.com
New England Kitchen and Bath
123 Nashua Road Londonderry
(603) 421-0203, newenglandkitchenbath.com
Not Just Kitchens and Baths
123 Nashua Rd., Londonderry
(603) 623-6650, www.maplecreekinc.com
Standard of New England
100 West Rd., Portsmouth
(603) 436-1400, www.standardne.com
Traynor Glass Company
43 Gigante Drive Portsmouth
(603) 329-6668, www.traynorglass.com
Bathroom UpdateJulie Fergus, owner of American Home Gallery in Wolfeboro Falls, recently remodeled an outdated bath with classic styling.
Using the timeless design of the 1920s, she added visual space to the small room. A vintage clawfoot tub and recycled cabinet add negative space - the area under the cabinet and around the functional tub. Vintage tubs are generally deeper and have better ergonomics for relaxing.
In the new bath design, wainscotting fills the wall two-thirds the way up, adding a strong vertical element. Painting the wall above the wainscotting and ceiling the same intense color simplifies the space and adds drama.
Fergus' shop offers a great selection of vintage furniture that has been brought up to date with paint and new hardware. A few router cuts and they are a new vanity.
Julie Fergus, American Home Gallery
49 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, (603) 569-8989
Art of the BathThe contemporary and hand-crafted vessel sinks from Indikoi Sinks are works of art. Potter David Pellerin makes each sink from start to finish at Indikoi's studio in Springfield. Every sink is hand-thrown by Pellerin, which compresses the clay and creates strong, durable results.
The sinks come in three different shapes: classic, flare and modern. Combine that with a variety of glazes and the possibilities are nearly endless. The top photo is a modern-style sink with a seafoam Ochiba glaze.
Making these works of art even more incredible is Indikoi's collaboration with local artist Steven Hayden. Hayden, a sculptor, woodworker and more, creates modern and beautiful vanities that are paired with Pellerin's sinks.
Indikoi Sinks, (603) 748.1440
Steven Hayden Arts, (603) 520-7299
Artisan FlatwareJoy Raskin is something of a multi-tasker. As a metalsmith and silversmith, she creates sculptures, jewelry and all manner of beautiful pieces of art from various types of metals - silver, brass, copper, nickle, gold and steel, to name a few.
In addition to her lovely work in jewelry and sculpture, Raskin also makes exquisite pieces that you're more likely to display in the kitchen than place on your mantel.
Raskin has a number of styles of flatware, pastry and salad servers, measuring spoons and other types of functional art.
"Jewelry can be so small in scale and I prefer to work in a slightly larger scale, so flatware was a perfect fit for me," says Raskin. "There is something so functional about flatware, and being a native N.H.-er and New Englander, I need a function for whatever I make."
Originally, says Raskin, her style was architectural and influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and Art Deco. In the time since she moved out into the country, she adds, her style has begun to incorporate more fauna and flora designs with lots of textural leaf motifs.
Looking through Raskin's work, you'll also notice knitted wire ropes or tubes and woven wire details in her jewelry and some of the flatware handle details. "Metal can be so harsh and rigid and to transform metal into a flexible knitted tube or rope is so captivating to me," explains Raskin.
With Raskin's wide repertoire of metals you're bound to find something that fits your kitchen and personal style.
Her work is also available in galleries throughout the state. Visit her website to see a list of galleries that carry her work.