Design Manager Julie Lyons Receives National Award from Wood-Mode

When designing a new kitchen for a historic home, the challenges are numerous. Not only do structural concerns need to be considered, the new space needs to blend seamlessly with the aesthetic of the surrounding rooms while providing cutting-edge functionality.

Design Manager Julie Lyons (on left) accepting her award from Amy Cuccaro Welch, Cuccaro Associates, Wood-Mode’s New England representative.

Design Manager Julie Lyons (on left) accepting her award from Amy Cuccaro Welch, Cuccaro Associates, Wood-Mode’s New England representative.

One way in which a historically correct look can be achieved is through the cabinetry selection, which is just what Julie Lyons, design manager at Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center, did with her plans for the kitchen in a historic sea captain’s home overlooking a harbor. So stunning was the transformation, so intricate the detailing of the cabinetry, Julie’s design was recently recognized by Wood-Mode, the cabinet making firm that helped turned Julie’s vision into a beautiful reality.

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Julie’s design, which received Wood-Mode’s first place award for regional design, laid the kitchen out into several distinct areas as it would have been in a historic home. Using different finishes and combinations of door styles, the cabinetry works to create a sense of rooms while maintaining a feeling of continuity. Within the expansive space are the main kitchen, a butler’s pantry and a keeping room.

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The majority of the doors Julie used in her design were customized combinations of Wood-Mode’s existing styles. The exquisite details in Julie’s design, period-appropriate cabinet hardware, custom finishes, antiqued glass mullions, and extraordinary corbels from Enkeboll, were expertly executed by Wood-Mode.

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Secreted behind the period-perfect façades of the cabinets is the modern-day functionality needed for homeowners who are passionate cooks and love to entertain.

Custom walnut panels, designed to replicate a vintage icebox, are laid over dual 36-inch Sub-Zero refrigerators. Antiqued glass doors with mullions can be closed to hide the coffee center and microwave. Custom dividers keep drawers organized. A waste bin slides out from beneath the countertop.

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Opposite the refrigerators is one of two islands. Designed to resemble a piece of furniture, it is constructed in the same walnut as the refrigerators’ panels, adding a sense of balance. An open shelf below and deep drawers make this a hardworking piece for baking or serving.

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Across from the six-burner range, which is topped with an ornate hood fan, the second island includes storage and an apron-front sink, as well as an overhang that accommodates four stools for dining.

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Tucked off in an alcove is the “butler’s pantry” which is used as a wet bar when entertaining.

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The overall look of the completed project is one befitting an elegant sea captain’s home that is both regal and inviting.

Congratulations, Julie, on your well-earned award!