“I am a huge fan of black, it adds a lot of drama,” says Allison Fannin of design and consulting firm, Two Thirty-Five Designs. So when Fannin was tapped for a new build in Lubbock, Texas, she was thrilled. The homeowners loved to entertain and they were unafraid of color. The main objective? To design a function-meets-form kitchen meant for the family to enjoy while infusing the home with a cohesive yet fun, vibe.
Fannin, who had spotted True Residential refrigerators on Pinterest almost two years ago, had filed our brand away to use in a house befitting our units. Serendipity struck not only with the homeowners’ trust in her vision, but when Fannin called a local Ferguson rep, determined to bring in a limited-edition range with rose gold handles. The rep promptly reminded her of her love of True Residential units and how they might be a complementing fit. “I love mixing metals—I like the mixture of textures and finishes,” she explains. Once the clients saw the 36” units in matte black and copper, they were sold. In came a True 36” Freezer and True 36” Refrigerator, joined for one seamless appeal by our industry exclusive Joining Kits.
To infuse the space with warmth, a wire-brushed light oak decorates the arch and the floor, while white quartzite countertops and a graphic tiled backsplash offer points of contrast. On the cabinetry, Fannin worked with B&S Woodworking to create a black finish that almost matches the appliances, though with a more satiny finish that pops against the gold hardware with carrara marble inserts. A Katy Skelton light fixture over the island adds interest over a Rohl faucet in unlacquered brass. To allow for the clients to enjoy their main kitchen island, Fannin created two islands. While one is purely functional and outfitted with loads of storage, the other overlooks the living room and allows for interaction between the two rooms.
The crowning jewel though, remains the True Residential refrigerators. “I love the options and sizes we could choose,” says Fannin. “I especially love the door fronts. They’re different. I work with a lot of builders and people tend to do the same thing over and over again. I love how True Residential refrigerators look different in every house. I am currently actually using them in another project with glass door fronts, and they look just as good, yet completely different.”