The Niemeyer Kitchen, Picardy Lane
The custom maple cabinetry features two different colors—a custom shade and a China finish— which work together harmoniously, as the blue-like hue of the island and butler’s pantry is repeated slightly in the granite and subway tile backsplash. This unity transitions from the kitchen to the surrounding areas, as an arched entrance to the family room was added during renovation to keep the charm moving throughout the home.
The Niemeyer’s Kitchen, Picardy Lane
This kitchen is all about pairing the unexpected. The owl collection, which could easily translate to cluttered kitsch, balances in an unusual but sophisticated way with the grand light fixtures and detailed box beam ceiling. The countertop varies between the perimeter, butler’s pantry and island, and includes both Super White Quartzite and Imperial Danby Honed Marble. The butler’s pantry has unique cabinet fronts featuring a metal grid instead of wood or glass. “It’s just a different look,” says Karr Bick's Jenny Rausch, noting it offers texture without showing as much of what’s inside as glass.
The Atkin Kitchen, Clayton Road
Housing intricate cherry wood cabinetry and a custom arabesque tile backsplash, this kitchen proves that neutrals can make a massive impact. The double-thick granite countertop is ‘fantasy brown’ and features a 6-centimeter elite over-cove edge. “The homeowner desired a more connected space, but we were confined by the width of the kitchen,” designer Nancy Spewak says of the desired, but unobtainable, center island. Mike Beck, owner of Beck/Allen Cabinetry and designer of the kitchen layout, designed what they are calling the horseshoe island, which “allowed the homeowner to have the look that she wanted within the confines of the space, and it became the highlight of the room.” The elongated cherry cabinetry showcases highly-detailed hand-cast bronze hardware and 11-inch molding. “It was an elaborate carpentry job,” Spewak says, noting the intricate moldings, while praising the impressive work of Landmark Builders.
The Conrad Kitchen, Wellington Way
Featuring tunis green granite countertops and a glass mosaic tile backsplash, this kitchen features a contemporary look inside an older home. Meredith Wanamaker, senior interior designer with The Lawrence Group, calls the look transitional. “The original floor plan was very chopped up. They really wanted a place for gathering, so the center island was designed to accommodate a family of six.” Other noteworthy design features include the Artimide Logico light fixture, which Wanamaker describes as an “organic glass form," and quartersawn red oak cabinetry with shaker-style doors, an espresso stain and satin nickel hardware.
The Radenold Kitchen, Doubletree Lane
Despite featuring neutral aspects such as white cabinetry and black granite countertops with charcoal specks, this kitchen reads as bright, light, airy and—dare we say it—colorful. With pops of citrine and red throughout, just enough color was added to create a comfortable, non-cluttered, space. The rounded trapezoid center island acts as a workspace and eating area, with the additional bonus of storage. The unique shape “really maximizes the space and storage in the kitchen” says designer Paul Alan, store manager of I.O. Metro. The barstools, which feature a different metal tone than the hardware and appliances, keep the kitchen from looking too matched. “It gives it that 'found look.' Not everything has to coordinate.” To bounce the light around the room, various other metals, including mercury glass and gold-tinted spikes, were added in the accessories.
The Kearbey Kitchen, Rio Vista Drive
Star of TV’s Real Life Renovations, this kitchen is equal parts chic and comforting. The detailed sparkle of the light fixtures, paired with the clean simplicity of the farmhouse apron-front sink, give the space a collected feel while maintaining visual interest. On the perimeter of the kitchen, maple cabinetry is finished with an opaque white topped with Delicatus granite countertops and a ceramic tile backsplash with a mosaic marble insert, says designer Wendy Kuhn of Karr Bick Kitchen + Bath.
The Kearbey Kitchen, Rio Vista Drive
The hutch, which is stained in a graphite color, features mirrors to help the piece feel more like furniture than cabinetry. With its cherry wood countertop, the center island reads like a warm and comfortable breakfast table among striking architectural additions and below the crystal chandeliers. “It has a lot of details,” says Karr Bick president Jenny Rausch. “When you have that light color, you can see the architectural details better.”
The Benkelman Pool House Kitchen, Fair Oaks Drive
Located in the home’s pool house, this recreational facility stands out even among great primary kitchens. Featuring beach-inspired colors like sand and sea foam, this room keeps with the theme without going overboard. “It has these great big windows that slide into the walls, so when you’re standing at the sink, you’re right next to the pool,” says Karr Bick Kitchen + Bath president Jenny Rausch. “It feels very much like an outdoor space.” The galley-style unit was designed with pool life in mind and features speakers throughout and a multitude of appliances, including an ice-maker, under-counter beverage refrigerator, microwave and traditional refrigerator/freezer. The mosaic tile backsplash frames the Cambria Minera counters and is sandwiched between white maple cabinetry.