Light-hued cabinets in a traditional style are combined with dark, modern cabinets for a more contemporary look.
The porcelain floor tiles resemble travertine.
 The free-form island with a raised bar top serves meals on the go.
 The free-form island with a raised bar top serves meals on the go.

California Contemporary

NKBA Awards • LARGE KITCHEN—Third Place

On a visit to Davida’s Kitchen & Tiles, a homeowner and her interior designer, Mindy Tarzy, were drawn to a display juxtaposing two styles of cabinetry: Brookhaven cabinets in an off-white glaze and modern Wood-Mode cabinets in a charcoal finish. “The owner had requested a ‘California contemporary’ look,” recalls kitchen designer Davida Rodriguez. “I knew that the combination would give her exactly what she desired.”

Using the complementary shades and styles of cabinets as a starting point, Rodriguez and Tarzy selected porcelain floor tiles resembling travertine, Taj Mahal quartzite countertops and a subtle ceramic backsplash tile to complete the material palette.

The finished plan functions well for the owners’ large, busy family. Keeping clutter at bay was a priority, so full-height tambour doors conceal small appliances. On the free-form island with a waterfall edge, a raised bar top serves meals on the go. The island is also equipped with pop-up outlets for charging laptops and phones. Stainless-steel appliances add an industrial element to the mix.

KITCHEN DESIGN: Davida Rodriguez, Davida’s Kitchen & Tiles, Gaithersburg, Maryland. INTERIOR DESIGN: Mindy Tarzy, Donley’s Design, Rockville, Maryland. CABINETS: Brookhaven and Wood-Mode. TILES: Encore Ceramics. PENDANTS & APPLIANCES: Existing.