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The character of natural wood cabinetry adds charm and warmth to rooms throughout this home

Magic touch


One of the joys of designing a new kitchen is the ability to create a space that exactly suits your lifestyle.

In this new home, there were two overall objectives. It needed to be suitable for entertaining large groups of people and it needed to provide a showcase for the owner's talents as a professional magician. As a result, the cabinetry was built to store more than the usual dishes and cookware, says Julie Thompson, of Julie Thompson Design.

"The cabinetry is a unifying theme throughout the home, making it especially effective at disguising secret passages and hidden animatronics," she says.

Decorá Cabinetry brand manager Jan Aufderhar-Weyer says that a variety of display cabinets, moldings and embellishments were used to achieve an integrated look that still gives each room an individual identity.

The spacious kitchen features the Decorá Lexington cabinet door style in solid cherry wood. The raised-panel doors suit the home's old-world Tuscan style.


Decorative panels cover the integrated dishwasher and refrigerator. Finishing touches include a wood hood supported by decorative corbels and framed with special-depth cabinets for condiments.

As the kitchen is frequently used for entertaining, its roll-away center island can be removed to make space for dancing beneath a disco ball, mounted overhead.

Decorá cabinetry has also been used in the master bedroom, where stand-out bookshelves are detailed with clipped and fluted corners. The master bathroom features Decorá vanities with tulip feet and specialty cabinets that form a bench.

Decorá detailing is also visible in the magic room. Jet black carved legs and scrollwork above the bar coordinate with the black granite countertops. Similar fluted panels form the fireplace surround.

For more information, contact Decorá Cabinetry, PO Box 420, One MasterBrand Cabinets Dr, Jasper IN 47546, phone (812) 482 2527, fax (812) 481 1837. . Or contact Julie Thompson Design, phone (812) 683 1005.

First published date: 24 August 2003

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