Bringing together the rustic and the streamlined wasn’t the only balancing act architect Don Ziebell and designer Inga L. Rehmann, of Oz Architects, pulled off in this Provençal-inspired kitchen in a new Scottsdale, Arizona, home. The clients are empty nesters who wanted the kitchen to feel “cozy day-to-day, but spacious when they entertained,” Rehmann says. By tailoring the adjacent morning room and pavilion to accommodate large groups, the kitchen “could stay intimate. It’s the best of both worlds,” the designer says.

Foreign Exchange

Sourced in France, reclaimed-oak ceiling beams “bring an authentic vibe to the space,” Ziebell says. Also adding a French accent: limestone from Provence for the counters and floor tiles.

To complement the light tiles and counters, Ziebell added a rustic feel with the stone walls. Locally quarried fieldstone mimics the stonework of farmhouses. Applying a mortar wash mixed with site dirt softened the colors of the rocks and upped the coarseness. With the textured walls, Ziebell wanted the cabinets to be a “quiet, reserved moment.”

Mixed Textures

Reminiscent of a bar top in a brasserie, the poured-pewter island will take on a patina over time as the surface changes from pale silver to a dark gray. Along with the industrial zinc of the pendants, pewter contrasts the sleek stainless steel Wolf convection steam oven and Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Since the clients don’t have many family-size meals, Rehmann shrank the footprint of the island and turned the space into a conversation area. The wingback chairs “are a comfy spot for them to sip drinks and chat,” she says. The 1800s Spanish trestle table doesn’t have a French pedigree, but Rehmann couldn’t resist its rough-hewn appeal. After paint was stripped off, it was mounted on risers with the original ball feet reattached, boosting it to counter height.

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