by: Mitchell Parker
Architect Suzie Van Cleave faced a big problem when tasked with creating an Arts and Crafts kitchen for her clients in Shorewood, Wisconsin. The kitchen style she was going for didn’t really exist. “There wasn’t such a thing as an Arts and Crafts kitchen,” she says. “Living and dining rooms were always very detailed in typical Arts and Crafts homes, but kitchens were closed off and never had any details. They were perfunctory, utilitarian spaces.”
So to create a kitchen from scratch that felt as if it belonged inside the early-1910s Arts and Crafts home, Van Cleave took inspiration from the big brackets and overhangs on the exterior, and the intricate trim, millwork and stained glass inside. The gorgeous result is something that should set a precedent.