PREMIER Home Design


The Inspiration:

An impeccable La Jolla kitchen designed by Kari Arendsen of Intimate Living Interiors-

Solana Beach

The Inspiration:

An impeccable La Jolla kitchen designed by Kari Arendsen of Intimate Living Interiors-

Solana Beach

“This space is clean and a timeless classic, transitional with craftsman/colonial elements. Darks a

nd lights mingle with aged oak floors in espresso and white custom cabinets topped with black granite in a cutting edge leather finish. The palette is balanced with cool blue and grey neutrals on the walls. There are many unique pieces that make the space, like the custom hammered nickel apron sink, antique light fixtures, and one-of-a-kind furnishings from Bali.” – Kari –

See page 44 of the July issue Vol 59 of PREMIER for more on this home, presented by Shawn Hethcock & Shawn Rodger.

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Semi-custom cabinets from KraftMaid give you custom design choices with the ease of their built-to-order production. Make yours truly unique with distinctive hardware.


Mirror the glass windows in the cabinetry with a glass door Sub-Zero PRO 48refrigerator/freezer. Steel, glass, performance, and impeccable design.


Silestone’s new Platinum series includes distinctive metallic-like flecks, mimicking the look of stainless steel. A little flash tempered with the clean lines and simplicity you want with quartz counters.


Utilizing the kitchen island for the stove top is one way this kitchen remains so airy and open. You can’t go wrong with a Mièle gas cooktop.


For a deep rich color, Warm Chocolate Strand Woven Bamboo floor from Mohawk is perfect. A renewable alternative to traditional hardwoods with the same panache.


A big trend in kitchens today is the use of different colored cabinetry in the same space, or a two-tone design. Generally one color is used on island cabinets and a different color for wall cabinets. This can be ideal for a larger kitchen since the space allows for more visual activity and too much of one color could start to look flat. Complimentary light and dark shades work well and add a bit of drama.


Go two-for-one on your kitchen island. We have for years seen eat-in bars on kitchen islands that allow for a stool or two but today many are taking that a step further with islands are often tiered and extend farther replacing the kitchen table. This extension provides for maximum use of space and adds functional food prep area as well.


As the baby boomer generation ages many are choosing to stay in their current home and adapt it to their changing lifestyle. “For a kitchen this means making everything more accessible and keeping safety and ease of mobility in mind,” says Rick Guedes of Guedes Construction who specializes in aging-in-place remodels. Adding drawers to cabinets so there is less bending down to retrieve items, slip resistant flooring, and widening areas for wheelchair and walker mobility are just a few of the changes you can make to age gracefully and happily in your current kitchen.

Ask the Expert:


Q. What are some of your current favorites?

A. ECO Quartz from Cosentino is becoming one of my favorites. The use of recycle quartz and the colors available are amazing. The new sinks made out of Quartz are just fantastic. If you want the classic then Callacatta ORO marble from Italy. Beautiful white marble with gold/brown veins. Used by the high end designers, only for great taste without a budget.

Q. How else are you incorporating more eco-friendly practices into your business?

A. We’re using a lot of the products out there that are already cut. Instead of having to buy new materials, we’re trying to reuse materials that already exist, like leftover or throwaways. With just a little time and creativity you don’t have to sacrifice quality to be more eco-friendly.

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