Swita Cabinetry Featured in Lakeshore Living Magazine – The Northwoods

“In the kitchen, I didn’t want it to look like a bunch of built-in cabinets—I wanted it to look like an old-fashioned kitchen. The white kitchen island is rough-hewn to make it look old and like it’s a free-standing piece of furniture more than a built-in island.”
-Melanie Rummel, homeowner

Melanie Rummel of Lake Forest, IL spent her childhood summers rambling around her grandfather’s place on Lake Katherine in Hazelhurst. Yearning to create a similar experience of that grand era in the Northwoods for her own family, Melanie called on local and regional craftsmen to help build her dream home.

Swita Cabinetry was selected as the cabinetmaker of this exciting project for our ability to design and build just about any form of cabinetry. Our goal was to make every cabinet and countertop of the 5,875-square-foot house reflect the rustic Adirondack style that Melanie fell in love with long ago.

Project Manager Steve Stehr said Pete Swita of Swita Cabinetry was selected for his hands-on reputation. “Pete gets very involved in his projects from start to finish. I knew he’d be the kind of guy who could grasp the overall concept and build a rustic kitchen that incorporated nature in an interesting way,” said Steve.

Starting with the kitchen, Melanie wanted it to portray the passing of time, as if pieces were added gradually. The distressed island shows layers of paint with a wooden slab top. The perimeter of cabinets is wormy maple with chiseled frames and supports honed granite countertops. A hand-forged pot rack hangs above the island with cook-ready cast iron skillets as found in busy camp kitchens. Deer antler knobs and pulls on doors and drawers, and massive elk horn refrigerator pulls, add to the room’s distinct character.

Nearby the kitchen is the butler’s pantry, the most formal room, where Melanie displays her fine china. Evoking sophistication are creamy white cabinets, glass doors and copper stamped ceiling tiles.

Every room in the six-bedroom house was designed with custom details to reflect the Rummel’s lifestyle. To learn more about their home, read the feature in the current issue of Lakeshore Living Magazine.

A Life (and Home) Well-Lived


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Call 715-693-2670 or email karla@switacabinetry.com.


Karla is married to Pete and together they own and operate Swita Cabinetry. When not at the shop, she is probably with one of their kids–Noah, Jackson or Marissa–or writing a blog with Pippa (the Vizsla) nearby.


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