We would like to take the honor of congratulating the prestigious Matthew Quinn for winning Kitchen & Bath Business Person of the Year! The editors at Kitchen & Bath Business chose the Person of the Year and the six Praiseworthy Picks based on how they are leading the way and making a difference in our industry.
Wood Countertops by Matthew Quinn
Grothouse had the honor to work with Matthew Quinn on many occasions, including the prestigious House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year 2016. His designs are more than inspiration, they are truly unique innovations.
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Quinn featured a Walnut wood table with an Anvil™ Magnum metal finished edging along the table and pedestal base.
Also a part of Kitchen of the Year was this White Oak Rift Sawn Blank countertop featuring an Anvil™ Argentum Metal Textured Finish applied to show the wood grain. Matching floating shelves were crafted in the same finish.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes an Anvil™ Palladium Metal Countertop designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design.
Grothouse crafted a flat grain Cherry with sapwood countertop that features a 1/2″ Chamfer edge profile. To achieve an appearance similar to cast or rolled metal, Anvil™ metal finish was applied in the coating color Palladium.
Grothouse crafted a variety of countertops for the Harmoni Kitchens Booth. The first was a Walnut with Sapwood countertop crafted in flat grain construction style. At 3 inches thick, this countertop was custom stained to match a sample supplied by Harmoni Kitchens. It was finished with our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.
A custom Anvil™ Magnum metal finished countertop was also crafted, featuring a cooktop cutout. The metal finished was applied for a textured/rolled look and is sealed with a Durata® Finish Satin sheen overcoat.
Plato Woodworking Inc. Booth # SL3016
For the Plato Woodworking booth, Grothouse crafted a custom Pastore™ Table. The table was designed of Kensington™ Wood in flat grain construction style.
Elkay USA Booth # N3026
A White Oak counter was designed for the Elkay booth as a floating cabinet surround. This counter features a Driftwood Finish and is sealed with Durata® finish in Matte sheen. Two integrated bowls were crafted to sit on either side of the vessel bowl sink.
An Anvil™ Exodus metal countertop was crafted for a kitchen bar top. It features a cast finish and a Durata® overcoat.
Monogram Appliances Booth # C5819
For the Monogram booth, a large Wenge countertop was crafted in edge grain construction. The short sides of the countertop feature an undercut Chamfer edge profile. A flush mount cooktop sits perfectly in this countertop, as well as an undermount sink. The countertop was finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.
Grothouse is honored to have collaborated with such innovative partners for KBIS 2019!
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes a custom Anvil™ Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens.
About the Designer: Todd Wiley, TruKitchen’s Senior Designer, has been working in the industry for the past 25 years. His passion ignited in college when he started working for a builder and cabinet shop owner. Realizing that he had to immerse himself in the industry to learn, he took a job at local shop on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As his passions grew, he moved on to Standard Kitchen Distributors where he continued to master the trade. This experience gave him the exposure to the systems and process that he was searching for. Feeling like there was more to learn on the design-end of the business, Todd then spent 7 years at a Cascade based design shop. For him, this experience gave him what he needed to further pursue his passion and open his own design shop, which is where he is today.
Designer Tip: “Be willing to break the rules and adapt to client needs. In this instance, every member of the family is over 6 feet tall and we wanted to ensure the design wasn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but comfortable for them to use as well. The counter height in the kitchen is 38” and we had custom cabinetry built taller to accommodate.”
Anvil™ Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop
Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Greyhound finish on their Lacunar door style
A popular trend in today’s luxury homes are custom Anvil™ metal counters designed for white cabinetry, especially the cooler-toned metal finishes.
The cooler-toned Anvil™ metal finishes available include Axel, Ferrum, Palladium and Argentum. Even though they are cooler-toned finishes, they are warm to the touch like solid wood surfaces. The cooler-toned look combined with the natural warmth is causing more and more designers to feature these surfaces on white cabinetry.
The Argentum finish closely represents the look of nickel silver, matching perfectly with nickel silver cabinetry hardware and fixtures. The Ferrum finish is more like the color of iron or zinc countertops, while Palladium is like white gold. Axel is close to stainless steel or pewter in color, making it perfect for complementing stainless steel appliances.
White Cabinetry with Metal Counters
Distinctive Design LLC designed a curved Anvil™ Ferrum metal bar top for this mostly white space. This curve was achieved because the counter is crafted from a composite substrate and not sheet metal. 22 faux metal rivets add character along the edge of the top.
John Troxell of Wood-Mode, Inc. designed an Anvil™ Palladium metal counter for this wet bar with white cabinetry. The counter complements the appliances and cabinet hardware.
Kitchenscapes designed an Anvil™ Palladium metal top for white cabinetry in this space. The metal top creates a safe place to set china and glassware, as well as matching the cabinet hardware.
Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents are becoming increasingly popular in today’s luxury kitchens, baths and entertainment spaces. Metal accents take many different forms at Grothouse, like edging, rivets, and more. The design opportunities are limitless. The most common accent design is edging.
Accents can be finished in any of the eight Anvil™ metal coating colors available: Axel, Kratos, Ferrum, Medallion, Exodus, Magnum, Palladium and Argentum. Chosen for its lustrous, brassy radiance, the most popular accent color is Magnum.
Designs with Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents
Matthew Quinn designed the custom Walnut wood table pictured above to feature a Magnum metal band along the table top and along the table base. This table was designed for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016.
Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens designed a custom Sapele Mahogany bar top with Palladium metal finished edges. Palladium gleams like white gold and adds a special touch to the bar top, making it stand out against the dark cabinetry.
Wood shelving is a major design trend seen in spaces of all styles. Wood shelving can be designed for creative storage solutions out of necessity or decorative desire.
Part of the reason for this trend is because wood is an excellent shelving surface due to its natural kindness to fine china and crystal. When finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, wood shelves can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new after years of use.
Wood shelves are often designed for use as open shelving because their open nature makes a space feel larger. Open wood shelves are a great substitution for traditional closed cabinets. Another popular design option is to use wood shelves for cabinets with glass doors. The shelves act as a beautiful backdrop to display dishes and other items.
Designs with Wood Shelving
Jon de la Cruz was perfectly on trend with his design for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. Custom black walnut wood shelves grace the 12-foot high walls. Exposed brackets anchor each wood shelf. Capturing the ethos of pared-down, timeless elegance, the shelves serve as a dramatic accent for custom pantry organization by Blisshaus.
Custom White Oak wood floating shelves gilded in Anvil™ Argentum metal finish were designed by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. The shelves were designed to match the bar top.
For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014, Steven Miller designed custom Peruvian Walnut wood shelves to showcase bowls and other dishes in black cabinets with glass doors. The shelves were customized for organization perfection, with laser engraved labels on the front for bowls, drinking, dessert and more. Custom crafted to match the Peruvian walnut countertop, the shelves pop against the silver sparkling backsplash.
Another form of wood shelves is in the form of shadow boxes. Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry designed two Sapele mahogany wood shadow boxes to complement the cabinet surround in this display. The shadow boxes make for some unique looking shelves with plenty of space to showcase decorative items.
New Ravenna is America’s premier designer and manufacturer of stone and glass mosaic tiles. Handcrafted in Virginia, their tile is fashioned into decorative borders, murals, field tile and medallions to create distinctive styles and textures. The end result is a custom, one-of-a-kind work of art.
They recently released a new collection, Jardins Français designed by Caroline Beaupere. With the introduction of this new collection, New Ravenna designed Anvil™ custom metal countertops to match the materials in the mosaic tiles.
Inspired by the formal gardens of France, the Jardins Français features a variety of materials that represent the four seasons. In Caroline’s words, “I have always been moved by the light in France and how it changes throughout the year, affecting the gardens as it comes and goes.”
A Magnum metal countertop was gilded to match Fleur de Lys flooring, shown in polished Bardiglio, Calacatta Gold, and Brass. The luminescent shell used in this tile represents Spring.
The Anvil™ Magnum metal countertop also pairs beautifully with Fleur de Lys in polished Calacatta Gold, Thassos, and Brass.
Jardin de Versailles emulates the golden hues of Fall. Shown in polished Calacatta Gold and Brass, this pattern is paired with a gleaming Magnum countertop.
Tuileries Petite is a hand-cut mosaic shown in polished Thassos, Nero Marquina, and brushed Aluminum. The grey hues in this bold textural design are echoed in the Axel metal countertop.
Anvil™ custom metal countertops are an excellent match for mosaic tiles, complementing the abstract colors and designs. Grothouse is honored to partner with a fellow made in America manufacturer whose talents are celebrated worldwide.
Brass fixtures are an extremely popular kitchen trend showing up everywhere. Earlier this year, Houzz predicted that brass fixtures would gain popularity, and they were right. Combined with neutral components, like wood countertops, a new, elegant design is created that hasn’t been used for decades.
Kitchen Designs with Brass Fixtures and Wood Countertops
The featured kitchen design with brass fixtures pictured above is Olivia Brock’s kitchen via My Soulful Home. Below are more kitchen designs featuring brass and wood countertops.
Designed by Lobkovich, this kitchen mixes both warm and cool hues to evoke a rustic aesthetic amongst a desaturated backdrop. Brass hardware is used on the table crafted by Grothouse with a Reclaimed Chestnut wood top. Brass is also found on the range and light fixtures.
The Grothouse Anvil™ line of metal gilded wood surfaces includes a Magnum brass-colored finish. For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016, Matthew Quinn designed a Walnut wood table with an Anvil™ Magnum banded edge. Also found on the hood and light fixtures, the brass pops against the neutral tones throughout the rest of the kitchen.
Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry designed this display for the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016 featuring an Anvil™ Magnum metal finished counter, Peruvian Walnut countertop and brass cabinet hardware.
Plain & Fancy also chose a Magnum counter for their display at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016. This display boasts brass accents everywhere with matching cabinetry hardware.
Some of the industry’s best have designed Grothouse custom counters to complement decorative backsplashes to create unique and outstanding designs. Whether it be a solid wood surface or an Anvil™ metal countertop, it can be designed to complement even the most drastic backsplash.
Designs featuring Custom Counters and Decorative Backsplashes
Matthew Quinn designed House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016, which included this wet bar. Quinn covered the wall in gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles by AKDO arranged in a sunburst pattern around the window. A White Oak Rift Sawn Blank with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish bar top was designed to bring out the gray tones in the marble. Also designed for this space were custom floating shelves to match the bar top.
A Peruvian Walnut countertop and matching shelves stand out against Phillip Jeffrie’s Quartz wall covering made of mica shavings. This kitchen was designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in California. This kitchen also featured an extraordinary backsplash composed of Black and Silver Iridized Chrysalis tiles by Ann Sacks.
This rustically elegant kitchen boasts a myriad of textures and materials. Designed by Peter Cardamone and Lynne Kaltman of Blue Bell Kitchens, a custom Walnut butcher block and leathered quartzite countertops complement the Mediterranean Sea inspired handpainted by Tabarka Backsplash.