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Neutral Pallet for Artwork Collection

How do you design for a museum art curator and a graphic artist? The key was that the viewers eyes had to be drawn up towards the walls and what was to be displayed on the walls. My client’s are art collectors. One of the key factors in their kitchen remodel was to keep a neutral pallet to let the art collection become the focus. A simple clean sensibility was in order for the cabinet design.

I love this space. It is flooded with light.
We opened the wall between the kitchen and dining room. Kept the peninsula counter at 48″ high to keep the view of the sink counters out of view from the dining room table.
Concrete troweled fireplace. The Eurostone Counters in Anis play off the color of the fireplace.

New doors and Bay window open up the space to the outdoors and make the space appear larger than it really is. The before kitchen: (I wished I had a picture of it) there was a little breakfast table that used to occupy the space in front of the bay window. That used to be a standard window too.

Even the crown molding was kept subdued. We used a simple double stack stock with a beveled edge.
DCS 48 Range and Hood.42″ Sub Zero.
Fiesta ware in Red, Yellow, Blue & Green.

A bench and colorful Dhurri Rug from India.

“Downtown Interchange” by Frank Romero, 2006.

Art collection: by Frank Romero.

Alta Dena, just north of Pasadena, CA is bordered on the north by the Angeles National Forest. A unique position. High enough up that in some areas you can see the ocean on a clear day…

…and also views of downtown LA on any given smoggy day.!



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

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