"The kitchen is very open, so it was important that everything work together and that the colors and materials stayed in the same family as those in the adjoining rooms," says Riker. "We didn't want you to be jarred as you looked from room to room." The large L-shape bar, which is surrounded by bar stools from Berman Rosetti, has a raised countertop so you can't see directly into the kitchen. "We had the White Beauty granite waterfall down the front so that it feels like a monolithic piece of stone," notes Riker. "It's very architectural and plays off the sense of the home's surroundings and the mountains."The center island and backsplash were done in quieter tones of mocha granite so that they would fade into the background a bit. The cabinets are the same mahogany that's in the living room, but to create a subtle distinction they were stained slightly darker. The stainless steel hood was custom designed for the oversize Wolf cooktop.Beyond the kitchen, a step up and a turn to the right lead to an outdoor entertaining area. The floor is a Gaston beige limestone. Bamboo planters soften the stone wall.