A Contemporary Kitchen for Loft Living & Entertaining
Set in an old brick warehouse in Nashville, TN, this open-plan contemporary kitchen serves as command central for a couple who love to entertain and who believe in reusing materials but want contemporary style. Designer Billy Williams imagined the kitchen as part of an ideal home for himself and his wife, choosing the site of a former car factory now used as commercial rental space and artist studios. In fact, it’s where his son was married, so the space has both sentimental and aesthetic appeal.
“Living in Nashville, we do a lot of very traditional homes,” Williams says. “My own personal taste…I’d live in a kind of hybrid type. That’s why I did the modern kitchen in the historic building.”
The building also offered the hugely attractive option of an open-plan kitchen situated in the center of the home, so he and his wife could comfortably host their large group of friends. “We live in a 1960s house and the kitchen is stuck to itself,” he explains. For his dream kitchen, Williams designed a loose U-shaped layout with no walls, where he could cook and his wife could bake while guests sat safely on the other side of the recycled glass counters. On the menu: steaks, brisket, ribs or Mexican food.
Fully embracing the “open” concept, the upper cabinets have glass doors on both sides. The white solid surface floating shelves also don’t hide clutter. “My idea was that food is pretty and the cabinetry is pretty and pots and pans are pretty,” says Williams. “The food is the color of the kitchen. “
Of course, it’s not the only color. To complement the Jenn-Air oiled bronze appliances, he chose wenge wood in java and caramel hues for the lower cabinets. The powder-coated metal upper cabinets and refrigerator panels feature a high-gloss cobalt blue—a sharp contrast to the brick walls, antique heart pine floors and Douglas fir ceiling beams. “I love the idea of a shocking blast of color,” says Wiliams.
Designer Billy Williams
Billy Williams, AKBD, owns b. williams design in Nashville, TN, and has more than 20 years experience in everything from kitchen and bath design to cabinet making, carpentry and painting. A kitchen and bath specialist, he has worked on homes throughout the South, including Florida, Atlanta, San Antonio, and Nashville, where his client roster includes names like singer Donna Summer and songwriter Desmond Child.
Williams has had projects featured in national and local showcases from Southern Living and The Tennessean to HGTV and PBS; he won a “Best of Nashville 2009” ranking from Nashville Scene for Interior Designer (#3). Author of the blog Dream It, Refine It , Create it, Williams is also a musician, writer and artist.
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