Dream Kitchens

INSPIRED ARCHES: Combining the Spanish Revival style of 20th-century architect Addison Mizner with 21st-century ideas about space planning helped architect Clifford Scholz create an open kitchen with a classic Palm Beach look and purely modern fuction.  An open floor plan was especially important for the entertaining and taking advantage of magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico. Spanish-style columns and Tuscan arches define spaces while allowing rooms to flow into one another. The arches, with stenciled designs on the underside of each curve, are elliptical to span a greater space without a high ceiling.

Some definition between living spaces was necessary, so Scholz designed a series of floating counters to separate the kitchen from the breakfast area and living/dining room. The latter counter also serves as a bar and buffet for parties.

Even the materials ~ limestone floor tiles in varying sizes, heavily veined & honed marble countertops, matte cherry cabinetry distressed to appear aged  ~ are consistent with those Mizner used, although they have an updated quality befitting a modern home.


Left page: For maximum function, the floating counters and island each include a sink and work space. The far counter, which serves as a bar and buffet, also has an ice machine.

Right page: A pillared arch frames the view of the kitchen. The range is tucked into a corner an an oversize hood painted to look like stone.
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