KOTY 2015: Paris Comes to St. Louis

brooksBerry & Associates, Platinum winner, 250-400 square feet

By Melissa Mauzy
Photography by Alise O'Brien

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Paris Comes to St. Louis

If you didn’t know any better you might feel as if you are in an 18th-century building in Paris, not in the kitchen of a high-rise condo in St. Louis. But that is exactly the feeling you get in this beautiful space designed by Chris Berry, brooksBerry & Associates. The homeowner was after the casual yet tailored look the French do so well, but with state-of-the-art amenities. The previous kitchen was dated and lacked storage and function. Berry removed everything, including the floor tile and part of the wall adjoining the kitchen and bedroom closet. The common corridor ceiling had to be cut open to allow for the installation of a gas line for the stove. Electricity was brought into the island overhead and down through distressed posts that hold a custom pot rack.

In the space where the old bedroom closet used to be, a wall of shallow display pantries with antique reproduction glass and cremone bolts provides much-needed storage. French-gray apothecary-style cabinets on the island, custom 2”-thick marble, as well as a French range topped with a bookmatched-marble backsplash, achieve the Parisian feel. The cleanup sink area features a French apron-front sink, Gantry-style faucet and paired, custom iron shelves attached to the full-height bookmatched marble backsplash. Tres magnifique!

Why the judges love it:
The subtle and tasteful look of the kitchen really lets the small details shine from the hardware selections to the island drawers. Running electricity to the island in the beams is a brilliant way to hide electrical wiring while adding a detailed touch.

Resources
Designer: brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths, 314-872-7720
Interior designer: Susie Knopf
Stone fabricator: Russo Stone and Tile, 314-771-1234