Suburban modern

Contemporary color and shopping savvy create a sleek, open kitchen

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  • Sparkling surfaces coordinated colors and well-organized storage and display space transform the room.

    Storage and display space

    Thomas J. Story

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Material search

The Slyes found appliances and finishes in books and on the Internet to create their unique look. "We really like the '50s aesthetic," Christy says. "But we wanted to juice it up with color and modern appliances."

For example, they wanted terrazzo floors, but the weight and the cost of the composite flooring (made of bits of natural stone in concrete) proved too heavy for their foundation and pocketbook. They searched the Web for "terrazzo floors" and found a company that makes a lighter, less expensive flooring, called Fritztile, by suspending bits of natural stone in resin. The product is most often used in commercial buildings, but it was the perfect solution for their kitchen.

DESIGN:  Philip Volkmann, Barry & Volkmann Architects, Danville, CA (925/837-1422)

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