Hearth & Home

Inside an Aspen-inspired kitchen remodel.
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In this Aspen kitchen, Richard T. Anuszkiewicz selected appliances from his signature collection for Monogram with brass accents. Arteriors furniture and lighting complete the neutral color palette. Photography by Jamie Padgett

For this Aspen-inspired kitchen vignette (the original housed within the clients’ secondary vacation home), designer Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz leaned into the surrounding landscape and its beautiful mountain views. “As a designer, I loved that creative thought to bring the Aspen environment to life,” he offers. “I wanted to really create a sense of warmth when the overall landscape is very cool.”

To do that, Anuszkiewicz created a concept that celebrated an authentic hearth. “When you think about homes of the past, people historically heated their homes with a fireplace and hearth, which also offered some cooking element,” he notes. The designer built the hearth theme with an inlaid fireplace, custom range and hood, plus a custom wood panel on the refrigerator that looks just like stacked logs. “We worked with a custom cabinetry shop to make the panel, which uses real wood cut down to about an inch thick and set it onto a Monogram refrigerator with a panel-ready front,” he explains.

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Photography by Jamie Padgett

The hearth concept extends to the cabinetry, as well. “The cabinet to the left of the range was inspired by those metal curtains in front of log fireplaces designed to keep cinders and sparks from flying out,” Anuszkiewicz says. “The range is our flame, the cabinets are our curtain, and the overall surroundings with the wood mantel above was the hearth.”

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Photography by Jamie Padgett

Finally, the designer enlisted brass finishes to add even more warmth, selecting appliances from his signature designer collection for Monogram (including a prototype rotisserie oven). “Brass is our hero material, so we wanted to celebrate those brass elements,” he says. “There’s a practicality to it as well, because it conducts heat better and provides an element of beauty and warmth.”

The print version of this article appeared with the headline: Main Character.