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Cabinets on one side, displays on the other.

PENINSULAS WITH overhead cabinets are a necessary evil in most kitchens. They provide much-needed storage space--something that always seems to be in short supply. But the cabinets can take away from a feeling of openness.

The room-dividing cabinets and peninsula in Loraine Despres and Carleton Eastlake's house bring some fresh answers to the dilemma. They offer storage and counter space but also let light pass through. One side of the cabinet is functional, the other side artistic and daring.

The functional side faces the kitchen. Five cabinet shells of various sizes are centered above a maple butcher-block counter. Two of the cabinets--in the center and on the wall end--are open, while the others have sandblasted glass doors and backs. Sandblasting turns the glass translucent, so it partially blocks the view of dishes and plates, giving an uncluttered look. The glass doors have no frames and open with stereo cabinet hardware.

The other side of the peninsula, facing the breakfast room, has all the fun. The countertop here has an undulating edge, in contrast to the straight edge on the kitchen side. The cabinets' translucent backs are recessed to create 5 1/4-inch-deep display alcoves; a low-voltage down light centered above each alcove shows off flowers and artwork.

Light passes through glass on both sides of the cabinets to help brighten both rooms. The frosted glass look is repeated on a backsplash behind the cooktop, but with one difference: before the backsplash glass was secured to the wall, its back was painted icy blue-green. Grease and splatter marks clean easily from the smooth front surface.

Design: Shari Canepa of Interior Spaces, Inc., Santa Monica.
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Author:Whiteley, Peter O.
Date:May 1, 1993
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