The crème de la crème of local kitchens will be on display during the upcoming Junior League of St. Louis A Gathering Place Kitchen Tour. Before the tour begins on Saturday, April 26, take a peek inside the featured homes; they're sure to leave you saying, Ooh la la!

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A Kitchen in Chesterfield

This contemporary U-shaped kitchen features a stainless steel focal point: the island countertop. "The cabinetry was a combination of a slab door with a Takase Teak finish, and a painted slab door in Polar White," says Joe Kunz, a designer with Beck/Allen Cabinetry. For this project, Kunz also worked with interior designer Julie Abner.

A Kitchen in Creve Coeur

"It was a very dated kitchen, and the goal was to make it more open to the family room," says Jenny Rausch, owner of Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath. Off-white cabinetry surrounds the kitchen, with some featuring antique mirror fronts. The perimeter cabinets are topped with a real quartzite countertop and accented by a patterned marble and glass backsplash. 

A Kitchen in Des Peres

This kitchen started as "a pink, push-button, all-electric GE design, which included the GE metal cabinets," says homeowners Walt and Maryann Alles, who worked with designer Patricia Martineau of Patricia Marie Designs. Post-renovation, the kitchen features modern amenities such as a warming drawer, double oven and pot-filling faucet, among other things. "The kitchen and breakfast nook became one, and the original family room—which was a separate, walled room—unifies the casual dining area as the hearth room."

A Kitchen in the Central West End

Color is the name of the game in this kitchen, which features three countertop types (wood, granite and style stone) and two cabinetry colors (a soft, sage green and cream). "We didn't want to depart too much from the vintage feel of the home, but they wanted a real up-to-date look," says Dana King, owner of NEXT Project Studio and Amish Modern. Little details were taken into consideration in this project, including outlets, which are located underneath the cabinets so as not to obstruct the backsplash. King also explains that the lighting was meticulously placed, including an intentional avoidance from the tray ceiling. "We avoided putting any can lights in the tray ceiling so it's clean and beautiful."

A Kitchen in Creve Coeur

"This house has a more Tudor feel, so we wanted to make sure the kitchen followed suit," says Jenny Rausch of Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath. "There was a bar and a bathroom in the middle of that kitchen, so it was divided in almost half," she explains. "We took the whole center out and moved the bar to the wall; added a door to the outside; and gave him an island that he didn’t have before." Both sinks match the countertops surrounding them—granite on the island and limestone on the perimeter. A travertine backsplash is nestled between the nutmeg-hued cabinetry.

A Kitchen in the Central West End

When the selected backsplash is in the color 'Wasabi,' you've got to know it will be the standout aspect of the space. The glazed ceramic backsplash is striped with floating shelves for a clean look. Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath's Jenny Rausch explains that the homeowner desired a really clean kitchen. "But her house is old; it's a clean, white kitchen with nice contrast on the countertops and this great color on the backsplash tile." Other features in the space include wood flooring and quartz countertops.

A Kitchen in Richmond Heights

"We took an existing space and enlarged it," says president of Beck/Allen Cabinetry, Mike Beck, who brought the kitchen and the sunroom together. This Tuscan-style kitchen includes amble prep space on the island and a spacious farm house sink. Around the kitchen are knotty alder cabinets with applied molding on the flat-panel doors in a walnut hue with a black glaze. The homeowner, Mary Tramelli, was the lead designer on the project.

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