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Date Published: 
February 2012

Not only is the architectural trim in-keeping with the traditional attitude of the house, Starck explains, it also demarcates the point at which the family room living area stops and the kitchen begins.  Slicked bright white, the woodwork and cabinets create dramatic contrast with the "bronzed chocolate" Starck used on both the walls and the 10-foot-high ceiling to give his venturesome client the "chic, high-style" effect she wanted in her kitchen. 

"The dark ceiling and dark-ebony stained floor of quarter-sawn oak add the punch," the designer points out. Even the double helping of chandeliers underscores the dark and light motif: They sparkle with crystals that are both black and clear.  What about painting a lower ceiling a dark color? Lighten up a little, Starck suggests. The lower the ceiling and the smaller the space, the more light you need, he explains.

Other ideas to borrow from the kitchen design maven: There are cookbook shelves built into both ends of the center island, where he elevated the eat-on counter to obscure the view into the work area.  And especially dear to the man of this house, the doors of the cabinet over the cook top open to reveal the TV he insisted upon. To keep the TV cool while the stove was in action, Starck had the entire cabinet lined with industrial grade insulation. "It was a real challenge," he recalls. "Sometimes a designer has to be an engineer, too."

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