A clean and simple white cabinetry and a white marble island with wooden chairs were chosen for the kitchen. This is a great example of the backsplash creating all the fun: the duo opted for a patterned kelly green cement tile from Clé. The bright green color with geometric patterning makes for the perfect pop.
“While the location of the house offers distant views of the Angeles National Forest, the layout itself was very compact and dark,” Kristin Korven notes. “There wasn’t a clearly defined use for the rooms on the lower level.” The interior designer co-owns the architecture and interior design practice Part Office with Jeff Kaplon. When they were tasked with the renovation of a remote Los Angeles home, they knew the task at hand wouldn’t be easy.
The ground floor was broken into a maze of walls and doors that separated a primary suite from a kitchen, living room, and dining area. The fragmented setup made it so the backyard felt like an afterthought, even though it had a coveted pool cocooned by mountains. “It was important to introduce a communal aspect to the family spaces and foster a rich connection to the exterior,” Jeff says. “Another main objective was to have a high-functioning but practical chef’s kitchen that would also serve as the social center of the house.”
In chef’s kitchen style, the space is fashioned with a metallic chrome backsplash. It’s something you don’t see very often, but manages to do a lot for the space. With a slight reflective sheen, the material also adds a subtle brightness to make you take a second look.