This Coastal Kitchen by Caren Rideau Features a Juice Bar and Glass Front Cabinets

Caren Rideau: Kitchen Designer, Winemaker, Home Entertainment

Caren Rideau: Kitchen Designer, Winemaker, Home Entertainment

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A lot has changed in 15 years. The ocean-blue kitchen Caren Rideau designed for a young family was no doubt still beautiful, but its open floor plan (perfect for watching three kids prepare dinner) no longer suited the soon-empty nests. “I know they benefited so much from it,” says Rideau. “The kids grew up there, but they evolved. It was time for a change.” She traded in new cabinets for full-blown fronts in off-white and cerused quartersawn white oak. The clients are part of the family-owned stone and tile company Arizona Tile, so Rideau celebrated the material wherever possible: bookmatching the backsplash, cladding an architectural alcove, and of course using slabs on every countertop.

Building plan

Caitlin Choi

But one of the most dramatic changes was the addition of a glass-doored pantry. In Rideau’s original design, this area featured a bed corner with a reading light, where the children stayed each night while dinner was being prepared. “It was hard for the homeowner to let go,” Rideau admits, “but she knew it was the right thing to do.” Now, a larger island and built-in breakfast bench encourage the older kids, two of whom are college-age, actually hanging out with her parents.

before shots

With kind approval

white kitchen

Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

Spacious corridors lead from the main kitchen to the adjoining juice bar. picture light: About lighting. Flush mounts and Follower: The Urban Electric Co. Hardware: Rocky Mountain hardware. Colour: Just know, Benjamin Moore.

Preview for Design School

pantry

pantry

Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

Everyday crockery and small appliances are on display in these showcases (and always within reach).

juice bar

juice bar

Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

Just off the main kitchen, Rideau has set up a bar for smoothies in the morning and wine in the evening. Shelves: custom. Wine fridge: Under zero. Screen fabric: larsen

dinette

dinette

Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

A picturesque corner with comfortable benches is the new meeting point for families. Pillow: McLaurin & Piercy. Seat fabric: Manuel Canovas.

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I’m the Market Director for House Beautiful. At any given point, I’m looking for my next foodie and design travel adventure, sipping a nice slug of bourbon or a perfectly poured martini, or searching for my dream home in Mexico/North Carolina. My personal design style: lots of pattern, color and art on every surface.

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