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Natural details add a polished, modern twist to a Mission Hills kitchen renovation

When J.F. and Cassi Foster purchased this Mission Hills home, they knew they would need to update the kitchen.

“I knew I wanted a modern kitchen, but I didn’t want it to be so modern as to clash with the aesthetic in the rest of the house, which was 1920s Tudor,” Cassi Foster says. J.F. had worked with Kleweno in the past, so the couple met with Randy Sisk and Genevieve Hamel to discuss the renovation. “I liked that Genevieve and I had similar taste, and she and Randy were great to work with,” Foster says.

“She had an idea book to give us a feel of what she was after,” Hamel says. “And we needed to find a way to achieve that vision within this space.”

The kitchen before. The kitchen before. The kitchen before.
The kitchen before.

The kitchen has elements of rustic design, yet at the same time it’s very simple. Natural details, such as the limestone hood surround and bleached walnut cabinets lean toward the rustic. “But it’s also very polished and simple,” Hamel says. “Everything has a little modern twist.”


“The Fosters cook a lot,” Hamel says. So the La Cornue range, with two ovens—one gas and one electric—and the top with four burners, a French plate and a grill became the focal point of the kitchen.


The designers also took advantage of an existing flue to incorporate a pizza oven, with a niche for wood storage tucked below. “It’s one of the most beautiful kitchens we’ve ever designed,” Hamel says.

And when the Fosters decided to move on to another home and another renovation project, the new homeowners, Scott and Carolyn Ellspermann, saw the kitchen and fell in love with the house.

“We were thinking we were going to buy a house to renovate,” Carolyn Ellspermann says. “But we took one look at this kitchen and knew this was the house for us.”


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