What would Food & Wine's dream house look like? It would need to have a truly amazing kitchen, of course. And it would have to be ideal for entertainingeverything from dinner with the neighbors to cocktail parties for 100. The Ultimate Entertaining Home, envisioned by F&W in partnership with Kohler, makes that fantasy a reality. We asked architect Stephen Fuller and Brian Gluckstein of Gluckstein Design to create our dream house in Kohler, Wisconsin. Then we invited three pros from the Chicago areachef Shawn McClain of Spring and Green Zebra, Master Sommelier Alpana Singh of Everest and event planner Kim Merlin of Ex Floreusto put the house through its paces, testing the party readiness of the great room, kitchen, porch, wine cellar and media room. Entertaining Central
Because it connects to nearly all the rooms on the first floorthe foyer, the kitchen, the master bedroom, as well as the back porchthe great room is an entertaining hub. "It's perfectly put together," Kim Merlin says of the room, which is filled with Baker furniture: two "Moderne" sofas flanking a Japanese black-lacquered cocktail table; two "Salon Chairs" by Bill Sofield, inspired by 1920s and '30s French designs; and an upholstered maple bench. The muted reds and browns in the Tabriz carpet from Silk Road Oriental Rugs hides dirt well in this high traffic areaplus, the colors echo the earth tones in the furniture and on the walls. The paint is by Sherwin-Williams: "Roycroft Suede" with a satin finish on the walls and an eggshell finish on both the trim and the double French doors leading to the back porch and outdoor kitchen.
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