Kitchen Duets - Counterpoint
Kitchen Design by Matthew D. Rao, CKD
Interior Design by Nancy Taylor Lynch, Allied ASID
...Another kitchen also warms the heart of its house. North Carolinian Nancy Taylor Lynch has been an interior decorator for over twenty years, but this is the first house she and her husband Michael built for themselves. "We needed space for visiting children and grandchild," she says, "and plenty of room for entertaining."
The designer understood not only the funtional purpose of each room but the way she wanted each to look. "I like to combine old and new so that the result is what I think of as 'evolved.' Now, I knew Matthew Rao of SieMatic. I asked him to help, and we complemented each other."
Roa explains the partnership. "We worked together on the kitchen of one of Nancy's clients, and we got along really well. When she was ready to do her own house, she called and said that what she had designed for it - including the kitchen - was an old-world feeling, very French."
The kitchen is bracketed on the short ends of its rectangular shape by a casual dining area and butler's pantry. "The pantry is my favorite element here," Rao says. "I saw it as and enclosed closet, framed by an arch, in the negative area under the stairway. I thought it would be a practical space for pantry storage. Nancy took it form there."