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In the Kitchen with Interior Designer Suzanne Lovell
Printed by permission from Architectural Digest
AD100 interior designer Suzanne Lovell makes her own "cook's kitchen" a great place to gather.

Photography: Tony Soluri

A busy spot for an active family, AD100 interior designer Suzanne Lovell’s own "cook’s kitchen" is a great place to gather. Lovell created a space composed of stainless steel, granite and mahogany—a mix of light, sleek and rich elements that results in a very welcoming tone.

Whether working for herself or clients, Suzanne finds a kitchen’s most important asset is ease of use. She achieved this here through a very functional layout that leaves every need at arm’s reach, from the 60” Wolf gas range and Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator/freezer to the strategically placed hanging pots, pans and utensils. At the same time, Suzanne avoids clutter with custom cabinetry including multiple “garages” with swing-up countertop doors that store mixers, coffeemakers and other bulky appliances.

Like many kitchens, this space is challenged by limited natural light, confronted here with nickel and other reflective materials that brighten it up. If stainless steel requires too much maintenance, Suzanne recommends a brushed finish, which she loves for its style and durability.

Trained in architecture and an expert in art, antiques, textiles and furnishings, Suzanne Lovell has been working in the field for more than 20 years. Her extensive travels have exposed her to design and craftspeople across the globe, lending a multicultural influence to her work. In addition to being principal of her own Chicago-based residential interior design, Suzanne recently founded Twill textiles, a sophisticated line of mill-produced fabrics with the look and feel of handmade product.

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