Photo by Kraft Auction Service LLC

When clients in Cedar Lake, Indiana asked Younique Design + Build to build a new home with a modern farmhouse exterior and a more transitional interior that utilized the colors and the design references of the former style, they were thrilled. The firm specializes in reimagining properties into homes that are unique to each client or family, so the design directive was right up their alley. 

While every single room in the newly revamped residence is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, the show-stopping kitchen is (in our eyes) the star of the home. Immediately upon entering, visitors are greeted by a striking marble countertop from Cambria that creates a stunning juxtaposition to the black Omega cabinetry and ultra matte black and copper True Residential units. Copper RH pendant lights, Hickory Paseo Sala flooring fromParamount, and darker hued copper stools help create contrast, along with a backsplash in a matte white tile from Emser. “We find beauty in the use of multiple products and colors,” explains Cory Kreith, President/Owner of Younique Design + Build. “While black and white hits the Modern Farmhouse vibe, we wanted to bring in some nostalgic copper pieces that reference the more traditional style but with an up-to-date feel.” 

While the clients often use the kitchen for entertaining, they requested appliances that would be equal in both form and function. “When we researched refrigerators together, the clients noted that their priority was products that would stand the test of time and had an incredible performance history. And that’s exactly why we settled on True—dating back from its commercial roots, the brand has the longest working line of premium refrigeration,” says Kreith. “The style is also clean with high-end, stainless steel interiors. One of the coolest things about the unit with the glass door is that you don’t notice the interior. The design is very forward-facing, so your eye is immediately drawn to the more industrial aspects, the usage of the frame size, and the door width, etc.”

The kitchen is now the “epitome of where form meets function,” he explains. “There must always be proper placement usage and sizing when designing a kitchen,” he continues, “and many times when working on houses such as this, the measurements don’t work with traditional appliance manufacturers. With True, unit sizes are available in 6” increments which allows us to have more design flexibility rather than just being relegated to a 30” or 36” unit.”