Poconos house has a kitchen that mixes modern appliances with homespun touches

The design mixes modern appliances with homespun touches.
The design mixes modern appliances with homespun touches. (Gridley+Graves Photographers)
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The kitchen in the Buck Hill Falls home is the center of family life. Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, who has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, is often baking cherry scones or mixing homemade ice cream for a bunch of kids sitting on bar stools at the center island. She wanted a kitchen that was functional for her and her houseguests, with a look that mixes industrial appliances and homespun style. Here are her tips:

Use open shelving. Because there is limited drawer space, she stacks bowls and pots on shelves supported by birch logs. She keeps cooking utensils on the counter in an easy-access wooden milk bottle carrier from Wisteria (http://www.wisteria.com). "When visitors come, they know where everything goes if they unload the dishwasher," says Cavin-Winfrey.

Soften the cottage's wood accents. Instead of using cabinet doors, Cavin-Winfrey covered the openings with brown-and-white check fabric panels. She painted the room's wainscoting Benjamin Moore's Navajo White.

Add a butcher block. The 10-foot island topped with a chopping block is fitted with a stainless farm sink. The large surface allows several people to help prepare meals at the same time.

Stock a self-serve pantry for "snacks on the run." Cookies, crackers, cereal boxes and granola bars are piled in large jars she bought at Target. "Kids can grab things on the way to the pool," she says.

Keep knives on a wall-mounted magnetic strip from Williams-Sonoma to prevent damage to the blades.

Store baking supplies out on the counter in attractive, oversize glass canisters from Target.

Make food available on the center island so guests can help themselves. Bell-shaped glass cloches from HomArt (http://www.homart.com) set off breakfast treats. Tree trunk slices from West Elm, used as platters, display fruit.

Consider Bell canning jars from Wal-Mart as drinking glasses.

Use a porcelain tray (hers is from Reunions in Alexandria) to hold the makings for mixing homemade salad dressing and deglazing pans. It's out, where she needs it.

-- J.K.

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