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RANGE ON THE HOME IN GLENDALE, NEW IDEAS HEAT UP THE KITCHEN.

Byline: Martin S. Gonzalez Staff Writer

More than ever, the kitchen has become a gathering place - not just a space to prepare a meal. This year's two-day Pasadena Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers Showcase of Kitchens and Interiors Tour will feature a collection of kitchens not only displaying the latest in culinary gadgets and design innovations, but representing a consideration for the complete space in a kitchen.

The one Glendale home on this year's tour is a Mission-inspired masterpiece. Working in the 1920s home with lush planting and a Spanish influence, designer Ria Jacob has created a space made not only for entertaining, but for everyday leisure.

An addition was built onto the home, but Jacob opted for creating a separate garden room next to the kitchen that doubles as a breakfast area and entertainment room during frequent visits from family and friends. With its high-beamed ceiling and soothing palette of cream, beige, mocha and terra cotta, the room is instantly inviting for a morning cup of coffee as well as a cozy evening dinner.

In the kitchen, Jacob chose a decidedly darker palate of cherry wood for the cabinetry, in what she described as a combination of Mission and Shaker styles, coupled with gorgeous green granite, Verde Marcata, on the center cooking island. In a refreshing change, Jacob placed the professional model six-burner Russell drop-in range on the center island instead of against one of the center walls, allowing for more interaction between the chef and his guests. It's the perfect place for throwing a cooking-class party with friends.

``Unlike other homes I design,'' said Jacob, ``the homeowners actually cook in their kitchen.''

Jacob said the homeowners did a lot of research before settling on the professional model range, citing its ultra-low simmer feature and unique one-plane grate design as big draws. With one continuous grate over the cooking surface, pots and pans can be easily slid off the flame and larger pots are also more easily accommodated.

Through thoughtful design and the use of first-rate appliances, Jacob has converted what was an old farm-style space with little storage room into a well-honed cooking oasis - both inviting and extremely efficient. Large full-extension glide drawers hold a plethora of pots under the range, and other pots hang from the range hood, all within reach and ready for action.

Other, deeper drawers accommodate a wide array of cooking oils and vinegars, and a special spice drawer next to the sink just behind the range helps keep all necessary condiments and flavor enhancers within arm's reach.

No detail has been overlooked by Jacob, from the mix of incandescent and fluorescent lighting that ensures every countertop and the stove-top adequate illumination, to the use of green water glass on the storage cabinets that line one wall in the kitchen, providing aesthetic balance between the dark cherry cabinets and the green granite on the cooking island, to the leather rattan tall chairs that allow the cooking island to serve as a breakfast counter. Jacob also uses Gascogne Beige, a French limestone, on the auxiliary counters near the refrigerator and the butler's pantry.

A super-quiet and energy-efficient Miele dishwasher is just one of the four Miele appliances that add a European flair to Jacob's kitchen. The kitchen also features a Miele oven, and, in an ingenious space-saving move, Jacob incorporates a Miele door-model washer and dryer that install flush with the countertop in the small laundry center that also serves as a pantry.

With the washer and dryer neatly tucked away under the countertop, the space can be used as an additional prep area or, as Jacob noted, as the serving area for an outdoor buffet since the laundry room leads out onto the pool area. Indeed, no space has been overlooked in a kitchen that is undoubtedly a dream to cook in.

ASID 15th ANNUAL KITCHENS AND INTERIORS TOUR

Where: Homes in Glendale, Pasadena and San Marino.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.

Tickets: $25 at the door.

Information: (800) 237-2634 or (626) 795-6898

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(1 -- cover -- color) Island dreams

Kitchen and interiors tour highlights culinary perfection

(2 -- color) The Russell range in this Glendale kitchen features a barely there simmer mode and all the BTUs needed to cook up a feast.

(3 -- color) Mission - and Shaker-style design defines the look of this Glendale home's kitchen, designed by Ria Jacob.

(4 -- color) Deep, slide-out drawers keep ingredients nearby and make cooking a breeze in this beautifully designed Glendale kitchen.

L.J. McAllister/Special to the Daily News

(5 -- color) The wine celler of an oenophile's dream is featured in a Pasadena home that is part of this year's ASID tour.

Walt Mancini/Staff Photographer
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Date:Oct 20, 2001
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