Photos by David Cobb
Many Spaces Within a House Have Names That Aren’t Hard to Parse:
The room with a bed in it is the bedroom, bathtubs go in bathrooms and if a home has a sewing room, that space probably doesn’t contain a piano or pool table. So why does the spot with
couches and a TV get the appellation “living room,” when so much life happens in the kitchen?
They are the beating hearts that sustain and power their homes, the engines that propel their families through whatever travails await … and in the case of these five beautifully equipped domestic gems, the places to find exquisite combinations of design, functionality and decorative style. The Oklahoma County Medical Alliance’s Kitchen Tour in Nichols Hills offers live cooking demonstrations from local guest chefs (including a doozy at Culinary Kitchen), question-and-answer sessions with certified kitchen designers at A Karen Black Company, luxury table settings and breathtaking floral designs – but most importantly, inspiration for living.
1503 DRURY LANE
with the entire design and construction, come
courtesy of Anders and Terry Carlson with AC Dwellings.
Keep an eye out for: The various decorative touches indicating Diane’s Francophilia – the railway signs, the canisters labeled “sucre” and “thé,” the Paris street scene painted by Antoine Blanchard, even a small Eiffel Tower sculpture near the stove.
1712 DRAKESTONE AVENUE
White cabinets and tile backsplashes, honed granite counters
and a little sparkle from the pendant fixtures
create an ideal environment for cooking and entertaining.
Keep an eye out for: Visitors might not get to meet the resident dogs (though Hope is especially sweet), but Dr. Gibson’s enthusiasm for viniculture is clearly evident – a converted utility room in another part of the house is a supplementary wine storage area (including some bottles with her name on the label), and the glass vessels filled with corks make a cheerful
decorative statement of past enjoyments.
1603 W. WILSHIRE BOULEVARD
elevated ceiling, was built by Anders and Terry Carlson,
but Debbie richly deserves a co-credit for the design.
Keep an eye out for: A combination of interests in the framed large-scale maps of the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits, two sections of the Burgundy region of France
renowned for their sensational wines.
6719 AVONDALE DRIVE
Keep an eye out for: Touches indicating that kids work in this kitchen too – the counters are durable, spill-resistant quartz, the island houses a pull-out stool (the better to climb up and help), treats are abundant and even some of the cookbooks are aimed at younger chefs.
6721 AVONDALE DRIVE (not pictured)
the style of Jeff and Ashley Ritenour’s young family. The new open-concept kitchen’s central location gives it clean sightlines to practically all the interior and the beautiful park-like backyard.
Many of its cabinets hold more than shelving; one antique French door hides the refrigerator, while another provides access to the walk-in pantry. Those signature touches, along with other “modern
vintage” touches like the zinc-finished vent hood,
proclaim this to be an AC Dwellings gem.
Keep an eye out for: Everything! This remodel is so new that visitors on the Kitchen Tour will be among the first people to witness the results, so take a good look at the whole shebang.
The 2013 OCMA Kitchen Tour will be held Sunday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Suzanne Reynolds is OCMA president, Amy Bankhead is president-elect and tour chairs are Karen Gunderson and Marni Sigmon.
Proceeds benefit the CARE (Child Abuse Response and Evaluation) Center and Health Alliance for the Uninsured.
Tickets are available for $20 at the door, or $15 in advance at these locations:
New Leaf Florist – 2500 N. May Avenue and 9221 N. Penn Place, Casady Square
On A Whim – 5850 N. Classen Boulevard, Classen Curve
Culinary Kitchen – 7222 N. Western Avenue
A Karen Black Company – 3013 N.W. 63rd Street
42nd Street Candy Company – 4200 N. Western Avenue