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A Bright Transitional Kitchen

NKBA Award Winning transitional kitchen design for two cooks
Photo by Alise O'Brien Photography
2011 NKBA Design Award: Small Kitchens - First Place brooksBerry Kitchens & BathsSt. Louis, MODesigner: Chris Novak BerryCo-Designer: Julie Gragg

Design Notes: With two young homeowners who both cook, this kitchen was remodeled with more light and better use of space to make the most of the room. By removing a pantry and soffits, the designer added more space while new lighting brightened the room. A clean transitional design balances warm white and brown cabinetry with stainless steel accents.

Products and Materials: Backsplash: Marron Cohiba granite with suede finish, brooksBerry cabinetry with Soft Clay paint and German Chocolate stain, marble, wood and granite countertop, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf range, Zephyr Okeanito ventilation hood, natural oak flooring


Beaux Arts Kitchen

Kitchen with white cabinets, marble counters, Wolf range and big windows over the sink
Photo By: Marc Fowler, Metropolis Studio

Design First Kitchen Interiors
Ottawa, ON
Designer: Friedemann Weinhardt

2009 NKBA Design Award: Medium Kitchens - Second Place

Design Notes: Inspired by Beaux Arts art and architecture, this kitchen design uses eclectic styles and strict symmetry. A custom mosaic countertop and pale green cabinetry make the island stand out from the white marble and white cabinets on the walls. At right, the "Chinese wedding cabinet" conceals the refrigerator.
Products and Materials: SieMatic BeauxArts collection cabinets in magnolia white, dark maple, and amaranth green; white Carrara marble perimeter countertops and backsplashes, limestone flooring, Wolf range, SieMatic range hood, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Blanco sink and faucet.

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A High-Rise Farmhouse Kitchen

A farmhouse style kitchen with wood cabinets, an onyx counter, copper vent hood and tin ceiling
Photo By: Alise O'Brien Photography

Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths
St. Louis, MO
Designer: James Howard, CKD, CBD
Co-Designers: Steve Levin & Sonja Willman

2010 NKBA Design Awards: Medium Kitchens - First Place, Consumers' Choice Award, Pinnacle of Design Award

Design Notes: Located in a high-rise, this kitchen gets its farmhouse feel from the use of metal, stone and wood. The homeowner chose an onyx countertop lit from below for the L-shaped island's bar top; it also has granite and wood counter surfaces. Red and green stained cherry cabinets with pewter chicken wire inserts complement the paneled built-in refrigerator and freezer, designed to look like an antique oak ice box.
Products and Materials: Creme Bordeaux granite, Craft-Art white oak wood and Golden Water onyx countertops; Wolf range; Sub-Zero refrigerator; RangeCraft custom copper range hood; hand-planed white oak flooring; Hi-Lite copper pendant lighting; W.F. Norman tin sheet metal ceiling; Premier Custom-Built cabinetry.

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Updated Cabin Kitchen

NKBA Award Winning Best Cabin Open Plan Kitchen Design
Photo by Alise O'Brien Photography
2011 NKBA Design Award: Open Plan Kitchens - First Place; First Place Overall brooksBerry Kitchens & BathsSt. Louis, MODesigner: Chris Novak BerryCo-Designer: Emily Castle

Design Notes: Perched on a ridge, this 1820 cabin home boasts unspoiled views of the woods and river with a resplendent kitchen to match its surroundings. What was once a rough cabin interior now features handcrafted mahogany cabinetry, green granite countertops and natural limestone and fumed wide plank pine flooring. With a walk-in pantry and two refrigerator/freezers, this light-filled and spacious kitchen also boasts plenty of food storage.

Products and Materials: Mahogany cabinets, Typhoon Green honed granite countertops, Kohler and KWC faucets; natural limestone tile, Lacanche Cluny range, Kohler and Franke sinks, RangeCraft ventilation


Large White Kitchen

A large white kitchen with marble counters, limestone flooring, a Wolf range and a kitchen island
Photo By: Eric Hausman

Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Glen Ellyn, IL
Designer: Tina Lynne Muller

2010 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - Third Place

Design Notes: The large island offers generous space for entertaining and casual family dining. Limestone flooring in shades of charcoal, tan, and gold contrasts the white cabinetry. The wall across the room from the sink now houses a coffee bar, microwave drawer, icemaker, and a large walnut hutch containing the refrigerator.
Products and Materials: Calcutta Gold marble countertops, Grabill Cabinets with White Dove finish, Wolf range, Miele dishwasher and Rohl sinks.

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Urban Design Kitchen

Large contemporary kitchen in shades of blue and gray
Photo By: William Lesch Photography

Lori Carroll & Associates
Tucson, AZ
Designer: Lori Carroll
Co-Designers: Mary Roles and Bill Smith, CKD

2009 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - Third Place

Design Notes A steel girder visible across the tall ceiling, exposed brick support columns and a polished concrete floor set the tone for this kitchen's urban, loft-like design. Cooking, cleanup and prep workstations define the border of the kitchen area. A round glass table with vinyl-upholstered banquette seating sits in the center, connected to an arrowhead-shaped island with a prep sink.
Products and Materials: Viking refrigerator, microwave, warming drawer and wall ovens; concrete flooring; cross-cut oak veneer cabinetry.

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Japanese-Influenced Kitchen

A Japanese style kitchen with blue granite counters and Shoji-look cabinetry
Photo By: Suki Medencevic

DeWitt Designer Kitchens
Studio City, CA
Designer: Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD

2010 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - Second Place

Design Notes: To reflect the traditional aspects of Japanese architecture in this kitchen, the homeowners started with a ceremonial drape as the focal point. From there, the designer guided them to the Blue Bahia granite countertop and blue glass tile backsplash, distressed acacia wood flooring, imported Japanese hardware and shoji-like cabinet doors.
Products and Materials: Thermador appliances; Walker Zanger tile; BenchMark alder cabinets; Native Trails antique copper Cantina and Farmhouse sinks.

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Casual Classic Kitchen

Large kitchen with tin ceiling, island, and wood-topped dining bar
Photo By: John Smoak

Cabinet Concepts, Inc.
Daniel Island, SC
Designer: Bryan Reiss, CKD, CBD
Co-Designer: Theresa Bishop

2009 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - Second Place

Design Notes: A glazed tin ceiling, knotty pine floors made of reclaimed barn wood, and painted vertical tongue-and-groove boards on the walls, lend this kitchen a farmhouse feel. Ceiling-height cabinets painted an olive green and a salt-water fish tank add a touch of the ocean.

Products and Materials: Custom Wood Products painted maple cabinetry; Franke sinks and faucets; GE refrigerator, microwave, cooktop and oven; Juperana granite countertops.

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English Manor Kitchen

A traditional English manor style kitchen with white cabinets, a large custom range hood, a built-in coffeemaker and two kitchen islands
Photo By: Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography

Peter Salerno Inc.
Wyckoff, NJ
Designer: Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD
Co-Designer: Diane Durocher

2010 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - First Place

Design Notes: A counter-to-ceiling hearth surrounding the rangetop provides a focal point in this large kitchen. Overhead, a soffit with recessed lights follows the outline of the two kitchen islands, helping to visually define the space. High ceilings, a chandelier, and a combination of painted, stained and glazed cabinetry add to the grandeur.
Products and Materials: Wolf rangetop, Craft-Maid Kitchens maple and cherry cabinetry, Rio Gold granite island countertops, Rohl faucet, Ramon Gold limestone flooring, Miele coffeemaker.

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Period Piece Kitchen

Pennsylvania Old World Kitchen by Kevin Ritter
Photo By: Kevin Ritter

Timeless Kitchen DesignMalvern, PA
Kitchen by Kevin Ritter

Design Notes: Subtract the modern appliances from this Pennsylvania kitchen and it would look like it belongs in the early 1900s. Of course, the family of four that lives here were not about to sacrifice modern amenities, but they still wanted a space with vintage style to match their early 20th century home. Designer Kevin Ritter and his father Bryce constructed the cabinetry using reclaimed lumber, antique glass and hand-wrought hardware. The island countertop is made from the floor of an old Pennsylvania barn, and the rest of the kitchen's countertops are made from concrete. And while the range is modern, the homeowners chose it from Aga's Legacy Series, which is designed to look like vintage stoves.