Pittsburgh Magazine

Best Kitchen Renovation

With help from HGTV star Leanne Ford, former NFL player Gus Frerotte and his wife, Ann, created a cozy, timeless kitchen in their century-old Oakmont home.

From the enormous table to the crackling fireplace, Ann and Gus Frerotte’s kitchen is surely welcoming. But what makes it the winner of the Best Kitchen Renovation award is the delicate balance it strikes: The room is designed with some of today’s most popular kitchen trends, and yet it has timeless appeal and a vintage style that will never look dated.

The Frerottes, collaborating with interior designer Leanne Ford, one of the stars of HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords,” and architect Greg Dutton of Midland Architecture, which has offices in Lawrenceville and Columbus, Ohio, chose items that are fresh and popular right now — large ceramic farmhouse sinks, classic white subway tile, a reclaimed wood table, exposed shelving and a white color palette with touches of black and wood tones.

While each of these elements are trending, their popularity stretches back to the era when the Frerottes’ century-old home originally was built. The space also is layered with modern touches — mid-century wire chairs at the reclaimed wood farmhouse table and two stunning industrial light fixtures over the table — so that it’s not pinned to any one era or style.

The result is timeless without being overly historical, according to Dutton. Ford adds the approach is a central part of her design work.

“I am very passionate about timeless design, which I think comes from mixing styles, genres and eras,” she says. “You never want to see a project of a home and be able to pinpoint exactly when that was designed. Interiors are meant to stand the test of time, especially kitchens.”

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