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Open Plan Family Kitchen

Large open kitchen with ribbon mahogany cabinetry, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and granite countertops
Photo By: Donna Griffith Photography

XTC Design Incorporated
Toronto, ON
Designer: Erica S. Westeroth, CKD
Co-Designers: Tim Scott and Sheena Hammond

2009 NKBA Design Award: Open Plan Kitchens - Second Place

Design Notes: Mahogany cabinets in matte and gloss finishes, a backsplash made of etched glass, and jatoba wood floors with an inlay of honey gold slate tile create a soothing kitchen with interesting architectural details and textures. Work surfaces at different heights and multiple appliance stations make it easy for the family of six to cook and enjoy meals.
Products and Materials: Neff Kitchens ribbon mahogany cabinetry; Sub-Zero refrigerator; Wolf rangetop, ventilation, microwave and wall oven; Grohe faucets; Blanco Blancoperforma sinks; typhoon Bordeaux granite counters.

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Reclaimed Cedar Kitchen

Photo By: Nancy Greene

Greene Partners
Lopez Island, WA
Kitchen by Joseph Greene

Design Notes: When the homeowners first bought this property, it came with an entirely different house. Before building a new structure, the owners salvaged and remilled the cedar wood from the house they tore down. The salvaged cedar wood now panels the kitchen walls in this modern cabin. Maple cabinetry complements the cedar walls while a tall Cor-Ten steel range hood falls before a high-rising bank of windows. The kitchen's concrete floor adds to the modern rustic look, and quartz countertops from Chroma provide a simple and refined workspace.

A Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Kitchen

NKBA award winning Frank Lloyd Wright inspired open plan kitchen design
Photo by Edmunds Studio
2011 NKBA Design Award: Open Plan Kitchens - Second PlaceDream Kitchens, Inc.Delafield, WIDesigner: Terri SchmidtCo-Designers: Linda Eberle, CKD, CBD, and Keven Schmidt

Design Notes: A Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home takes cues from the great architect's use of horizontal lines and natural materials to inspire a large kitchen suitable for entertaining. Double sliding doors next to the wrap-around wet bar and built-in coffee maker conceal a walk-in pantry and associated clutter. Multiple seating areas provide plenty of options for hosting guests. Varying cabinet heights offer movement and visual interest.

Products and Materials: Corsi custom cabinetry in mahogany, Wolf cooktop and oven, Wolf ventilation system, Sharp microwave drawer, Silver Spark granite countertops, Margaritelli iroko wood flooring, Kohler sinks and faucets, Walls and ceilings in ledgestone and mahogany, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine refrigerator, Oceanside Glasstile glass tiles from Muse collection on vertical column


Epic View Kitchen - Reclaimed Walnut Countertop

reclaimed wood counter and island in the kitchen
Photo By: Paul Dyer

CCS Architecture
San Francisco, CA
Kitchen by Cass Calder Smith

Design Notes: The highlight of this rustic kitchen (besides the fantastic view): an18-foot long countertop made from a slab of reclaimed walnut.

Epic View Kitchen - Red Cabinets

Epic View Kitchen - Red Cabinets
Photo By: Paul Dyer

CCS Architecture
San Francisco, CA
Kitchen by Cass Calder Smith

Design Notes: While most of this kitchen features rustic elements, it does have a touch of moden décor via frameless red cabinets with minimal slab doors.

Mid-Century Eclectic Kitchen

A kitchen with floating cherry cabinets, and an island with a sandblasted glass dining bar
Photo By: Brinkman Photography

Neil Kelly Designers/Remodelers
Lake Oswego, OR
Designer: Diane Foreman, CKD, CBD
Co-Designer: Jamie Rupprecht, AKBD

2009 NKBA Design Awards: Medium Kitchens - Third Place,
Best Before & After

Design: As they prepared their home for sale, the clients wanted a "wow" kitchen on a moderate budget. This eclectic mid-century design features floating cherry cabinets with espresso and brandy stains and a backsplash made of porcelain tile with sections of random patterned glass mosaic tiles. The island stands out with a sandblasted glass dining bar lit from below by LED rope lighting.
Products and Materials: Best by Broan range hood, Décor cabinets, Wilsonart Monterey Storm laminate countertops, verde typhoon granite tile countertops, Kohler faucet, Justice Design Group Limoges collection pendant lights.

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Green and Lean Kitchen - Dining Room

green kitchen large and wide view with mid-century modern furniture in living room near kitchen
Photo By: Bruce Bolander Architects

Bruce Bolander Architects
Malibu, CA
Kitchen by Bruce Bolander

Design Notes: While this kitchen's color is as green as the plant life that surrounds the house, the living and dining rooms of this mountain home feature a muted color scheme and modern décor.

Grand Entrance Kitchen - Glass Countertop

9 Foot Long Glass Countertop
Photo By: Rio Constantini

Danenberg Design
Palo Alto, CA
Kitchen by Dan Danenberg; Styling by Lanny Danenberg

Designer Notes: This kitchen's unique island has a 9-foot long custom glass countertop.

Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Kitchen

An Arts & Crafts style, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired kitchen with wood cabinets, stone floors and a glass backsplash
Photo By: Craig Thompson Photography

Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA
Designer: Thomas David Trzcinski, CMKBD
Co-Designer: Emily Scott Fike

2010 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - Honorable Mention

Design Notes: Stone walls and floors, a glass backsplash, and wood cabinetry help this kitchen blend into and enhance the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home. A backlit patterned glass backsplash behind the rangetop gives the appearance of water and a feeling of serenity. A Wright-inspired mullion door and the twig-like refrigerator handle add to the distinctive design.
Products and Materials: Premier Custom-Built cabinets, Wolf rangetop.

Peacock Kitchen

Peacock-Inspired Kitchen by Ken Kelly

Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly
Williston Park, NY
Kitchen by Ken Kelly

Design Notes: This kitchen may appear to have a quilted carpet on the floor and backsplash areas, but don't let your eyes deceive you: The floor and backsplash are made from mosaic glass tiles arranged to have a quilted effect. The array of colors reflects the clients' creative personality as well as their love of vibrant peacock feathers. Overall, 22 different colors comprise the quilted look, which designer Ken Kelly created with help from an interior decorator who is also a quilter. The kitchen's original vaulted ceiling featured track lighting. No longer vaulted, the ceiling is now 9-feet high and has recessed lighting. It's far from boring, however: Above the island is a tray ceiling boasting a peacock feather mural.