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The Photo Shoot

After months of anticipation, an ambitious schedule to finish construction of Swan’s Nest’s kitchen addition, and in a final blur of major appliance, cabinetry, and countertop installations – plus a full week of removing every trace of dust – the weeklong photo shoot of Swan’s Nest’s kitchens, baths, and other areas of our 1898 historic home has wrapped up. During the photo shoot, the days started early and lasted well into the dinner hour, the crew who moved seamlessly through our home was terrific, and I had a blast!

This was a photo shoot for Waypoint Living Spaces™, a new cabinetry brand from American Woodmark, but it became much more than photos of our cabinets. Through the gifted eyes of shoot director Connie Edwards, photographer Jim Davis and his assistant Lisa Seamon, and with the decorative genius of Flourish Agency’s Henry Frey and Scott Bell of Cleveland, Ohio, the rooms Randy and I have spent three years carefully restoring and building became something out of Architecture Digest, ready to inspire others who are contemplating simple home projects and major home renovations.
The historic kitchen, which had been a gold baron’s office in the 19th century, already possessed lots of character, more aptly described as dark and dreary. We used the 1800’s honey-stained original bead board walls and ceiling to our advantage by pairing them with white painted cabinets with a butterscotch glaze, and Oasis glass upper cabinets that glow warmly at night. “Giallo Michelangelo” Zodiaq® quartz countertops lighten the kitchen and provide a stain-and-bacteria-resistant work surface while highlighting the butterscotch glaze, and stainless steel KitchenAid appliances, including an induction cooktop, ensure the historic room functions at a 21st century level.
The new kitchen addition replaced an inadequate and cramped side entry, and has become the jewel of Swan’s Nest. This is the kitchen where most of my television cooking shows will be filmed, where I’ll teach cooking classes and host photo shoots. It’s also the kitchen where our family, friends, and colleagues will hang out. It had to be great – and it is. Here, Waypoint provided maple cabinets with a mocha glaze to highlight the beauty of the mountains outside our windows and create a feeling of warmth in a region where it snows 8 months of the year. “Space Black” Zodiaq® quartz countertops provide elegance and drama with copper-colored translucent particles that reflect light and complement the mocha glaze, and once again, stainless steel KitchenAid major appliances provide the technology and ease-of-use I need to create memorable, nutritious recipes and meals for my family, television shows, and cookbooks.
I look forward to sharing “kitchen moments” with all of you in coming months and years as Randy and I live and cook in Swan’s Nest’s new spaces. It’s all about creating memories and celebrating Home and Family, and I hope you’ll invite your friends and loved ones to come along for the ride. The Celebration starts HERE!
As a matter of full disclosure, kitchen and bath cabinetry, quartz countertop material, and kitchen major appliances have been furnished for my television cooking shows courtesy of Waypoint Living Spaces™, Zodiaq® by DuPont, and KitchenAid®, respectively.