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Narrow pearlescent Ann Sacks tiles add shimmer to the backsplash. A 48-inch stainless-steel range with two ovens and a powerful vent hood fits in a niche at one end of the kitchen. Shelves on either side of the cooktop keep seasonings and bottles of oils handy. 

Why We Love It Because we love the idea of parking a large table in the center of the kitchen for use as a portable island. The Roman shades and chandelier convey a sense of formality.

European-Style KitchenWhy We Love It Because we’re gaga over the French La Cornue range with its matching black hood and cabinets trimmed in silver. That ceiling-high backsplash of classic white subway tiles and silver nickel countertops make the whole room feel like an old Parisian kitchen. See next slide for another view of this kitchen.Kitchen design: Kathy Manzella

Why We Love It Because the island makes an ideal spot for company cocktails. It is topped with a thick slab top of Arctic Cream granite, finished with double-rolled edges. Two oak corbels with burl inlays support each of the four corners. Notice the mix of painted and natural finishes. See the next slide for another view of this kitchen.

This kitchen’s 1850s English refectory table echoes the wood beams above. And that farmhouse sink, though.

Rather than install a typical center island, Kay ordered two vintage-looking tables made from wormy chestnut––one round, the other rectangular. With these, too, storage was a priority, and each has drawers and a bottom shelf.

A Chicago family looked to Christopher Peacock to update their kitchen to match their turn-of-the-century farmhouse. The result: this big, bold, blue-and-white kitchen.

Open shelving and racks make a kitchen’s everyday items easily accessible. Add elegant stools so it doesn’t feel too industrial.

Why We Love It Because from porch posts to iron brackets, salvaged and reused materials give this kitchen personality plus. Vintage church light fixtures and hand-forged iron straps were combined to make a distinctive and functional pot rack and light source.

Appliances were selected to accommodate the homeowner’s serious cooking style. Two pro-style gas ranges were installed side-by-side to create a 66-inch-wide cooking wall. Other professional features include restaurant-style heat lamps, an indoor grill cooktop, and a glass-door refrigerator. 

A remodel of a 1916 California cottage created more space for a growing family while preserving the scale and feel of the old house. With hardwood floors and butcher-block countertops, the kitchen nurtures a warm, heart-of-the-home feeling. The stove and chimneylike hood anchor the room and help set the tone for the turn-of-the-century detailing of the space. The main work area is perched two steps higher than the adjoining breakfast nook and allows a direct line of vision to the backyard beyond.

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Kay decided against a stainless vent hood and instead had the fan boxed in and finished with stucco-style plaster. Combined with Carrara marble countertops, white subway tiles, and white cabinets with hand-forged, towel-bar-style drawer pulls, the room has a clean, simple presence. 

Kitchen GetawayWhy We Love It Because this kitchen makes us feel like we’re kicking back at the beach. Suited for ultra-casual entertaining, the space reflects colors and textures that are inspired by sand, seashells, driftwood, and other soothing natural elements. The mix of cabinet colors, glass doors with simple X-mullions, and open shelving personalizes the space with a handcrafted quality. A solid maple floor with a Pewter finish is both scratch-resistant and easy to clean.Design: Robert Young and Janice Pattee

Multiple counter heights, distressed finishes on the coffee-colored cabinets, and freestanding furniture-like pieces give this kitchen a historic feel. Handmade wrought-iron accents, like the pot and utensil racks, were designed by De Giulio to give more depth to the Colonial look. The varying heights of cabinets and countertops allow for color to be introduced to individual pieces––a look the owner wanted––embodying the Williamsburg color sensibility but in a distinctly Southwestern palette. 

Written by Pamela J. WilsonDesign: Mick De Giulio, Lorna Robertson

Here’s how to play around with color in an understated way. A jewel-toned island grounds this otherwise all-white kitchen.

Why We Love It Dramatic hanging lights illuminate the kitchen island with its pretty chairs. A heavy-gauge raffia on the walls adds textural interest. Accents in royal blue add color and pattern. 

“This Williamsburg-inspired kitchen includes many elements of a kitchen from the past,” designer Mick De Giulio said. Those elements: “handcrafted cabinetry and ironwork, vibrant hand-painted colors, a brick cooking cove, and the mixing of countertop materials chosen because they were best for various tasks.”

Find loads of inspiration and practical ideas from some of our favorite kitchens

Purchased sight unseen, this Victorian home in Nyack, New York, presented a host of challenges for its new owners. Once the derelict house’s bones were repaired, the homeowners, two antiques dealers, began decorating. White cabinetry keeps the look light in the sunny kitchen. Rustic Mexican tile attractively complements the heavy chestnut worktable—once used in a store in Connecticut. 

A dropped floor makes a rustic kitchen feel even larger. The exposed wood beams in the ceiling also give it that farmhouse vibe.

Burnished KitchenWhy We Love It Because copper takes center stage in a room whose glowing walls were inspired by the three antique ship lights hanging above the marble-topped island. A decorative painter layered custom-mixed gold-toned paints on the walls, then combed the damp paint to create a subtle crosshatch pattern. White woodwork, cabinetry, and backsplash tiles provide classically neutral good looks.Architectural Design: Louise Brooks

Hanging silver pendants add glam to this clean and modern kitchen. A blue backsplash adds color to keep it from looking monochromatic.

Written by Amy ElbertProduced by Bonnie MaharamDesign: Christopher Peacock

Take blue and white to the next level with a vibrant burst of cobalt. It makes a statement but still feels classic.

Stucco walls were raked while wet to add texture. Wooden beams and a fireplace add warmth to the crisp white design. 

Written by Amy ElbertProduced by Robert YoungDesign: Barbara Westbrook

This otherwise neutral kitchen gets a burst of color from a vibrant red. Brass fixtures make it feel clean and elegant.

An architect’s new Southern California home received a facelift after years of neglect. During the remodel, a utility room was combined with the original kitchen to gain an open space with garden views. Interior designer-DIYer-homeowner Susie Beall created a custom crackle finish for the kitchen cabinets.

“The most timeless kitchen is one that pays attention to and is true to the architecture of the house itself,” kitchen designer Laura Dylla O’Brien says. “Looking to the architecture will help in determining the lines, the amount of embellishment in a space, and also in choosing materials that are in keeping with the house.” That’s exactly how she approached renovating this kitchen for the Lake Forest Showhouse. Taking cues from the original hardwood floors, classic moldings, and lack of ornamentation, O’Brien concluded that this house called for a cook’s kitchen, with plenty of space for people to gather.

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Why We Love It Because wood floors laid in a herringbone pattern and beamed ceilings give this kitchen a lovely sense of age. The table is slightly more than six feet long; antique French chairs are upholstered in white vinyl for easy cleanup. See the next slide for another view of this kitchen.

This New York kitchen was updated to accommodate a big family and multiple cooks. The renovation started by bumping out the wall of the existing kitchen and doubling its length to about 21 feet. The homeowners also wanted the new kitchen to look original to the 20th-century Georgian Revival house, so cherry, marble, and teak were all used. The simple creamy white cabinets, furniture-like cherry island, and random-width wood floors help capture the Georgian Revival feel while accommodating modern appliances.

This San Francisco kitchen was updated to become the social center of the home. Faced with a long, narrow space, designer Gerry Thibault used a barrel-vaulted ceiling that runs the 21-foot length of the room and added lights to emphasize and even take advantage of the kitchen’s shape. The ceiling leads the eye down to new French doors, which open onto a new patio.

Two-tone ceramic tiles on the range wall introduce subtle color shifts. The organic Arts and Crafts-inspired pattern, created by inlaying a darker clay in a pale bisque base, forms a textured backdrop for cream-colored maple cabinets with glass fronts.

The island is topped with white marble, which offers stunning contrast with the dark granite countertops. With its rich blue cabinetry and imported blue-and-white-checked wallpaper, offset by the pine-finished island and wide-plank wood floor, this kitchen became the picture of farmhouse comfort. 

Why We Love It Because of the efficiency of its plan: The homeowner can tune into the Food Network when she’s in the kitchen, on a flat panel TV built in above the desk. It’s easily viewed but protected from splashes and spills. The desk makes a good landing spot for mail, too.

Antique ship lights, refurbished and suspended above the island, are a nod to the homeowners’ passion for sailing. The warm copper and brass finish on the fixtures inspired the golden peach paint color used on the kitchen walls. 

For their second home on Long Island, these homeowners wanted a fresh palette in colors of sun and sea. To give the kitchen a double dose of delight, designer Tonin MacCallum papered both the walls and the ceiling in two colors of gingham checks. New, inexpensive sheath-back chairs inspired by the Italian countryside sidle up to an antique Danish table. The fanciful lampshade with dressmaker trim is a MacCallum original. 

This kitchen, featured in one of our three Built For Women III Showhouses in Atlanta, was designed with a young family with kids in mind.

Why We Love It Because the kitchen and pantry are outfitted for entertaining with Electrolux ranges, two warming drawers, and a glass-front wine cooler. The 42-inch-wide side-by-side refrigerator was custom trimmed with stainless steel for added impact. Stainless steel reflects light and brightens the space.

Hang pots from cantilevered shelves and choose patterned tiles to create a graphic floor in an all-white kitchen. The effect is industrial, but still homey.

The 31×16-foot room was divided into zones. A 48-inch range set in a fireplace-style surround anchors a cooking zone opposite the windows. In the center of the room is a hefty island that serves as the primary prep zone. Because the island separates the cook from the main sink in the cleanup zone, O’Brien added a secondary trough-style sink in the island. Twin faucets allow access to water from both sides. The kitchen also features dual dishwashers and warming drawers integrated into the cabinetry. The simple white cabinets and marble countertops are in keeping with the period of the house. 

Pale oak floors have a scrubbed look, and plank cabinetry with painted hinges and black latches give a kitchen old-time charm. To top the counters and island, choose a butcher block for warmth and informality.

Written by Amy ElbertProduced by Hilary RoseDesign: Mick De Giulio

Why We Love It Because large-scale furnishings and blocky granite-topped cabinets provide needed visual weight to the rooms, and are in keeping with the French country look of the house. A two-level island allows for seating at one end, so guests and family members can chat with the cook. The raised island also shields the great room’s views of dirty dishes.

Lorna planned the kitchen with the vision of an artist, but she shares credit with kitchen designer Mick De Giulio for the final product. With confidence, they combined glossy German cabinetry, a green onyx backsplash, speckled granite countertops, a French marble table, and a highly polished oak floor. They topped it all with a unique light fixture that dates from the Civil War. 

Why We Love It A warm copper hood and captain’s chairs add timeless style to this kitchen, contrasting nicely with the ivory and bisque cabinets and island.

Mix form with function by outfitting your kitchen with a ladder. Moroccan tiles add a bright pop of blue to break up all the wood.

Why We Love It Everything about this kitchen says welcome, from the shelves for cookbooks to the lovely tile to the roaring fire.

Christopher Peacock updated the kitchen in his Greenwich, Connecticut, home with the goals of better accommodating his family’s needs while respecting the Colonial house’s architectural style.

Written by Amy ElbertProduced by Eleanor RoperDesign: Kay DouglassArchitect: Keith Sumerour

Why We Love It Lovely light fixtures, generous applications of tile and marble, and a pleasing blue, white and silver palette make this kitchen an inviting place to cook, relax, or converse.

Narrowing down 25 years’ worth of kitchens to just one from each year was no easy task for our editors. It’s hard to evaluate those dated-looking ’90s appliances, for example, now that today’s high-tech versions boast features that were unimaginable 25 years ago. Still, we managed to pinpoint our favorites. We discovered that throughout our 25 years there have been a few constants. Among them are perennial favorite designers Mick De Giulio, Christopher Peacock, and Louise Brooks. A few other things we know to be true: The kitchen is the heart of the home, white kitchens look really great, and we all love a good kitchen island. 

European-Style KitchenWhy We Love It Because the limestone floor and the island’s stone countertops make it feel like this kitchen has been around forever. Plus, we love the transparency of the open shelves flanking the vent hood and the contrast between the stools’ luscious tan upholstery against the cool gray island.Kitchen design: Kathy Manzella

Two designers purchased a circa-1928 Denver home and within a year transformed it into a serene retreat. The kitchen, the one area of the house that required complete remodeling, was reconfigured from two small rooms into a galley-style space. The multiple work areas suit the owners’ love of cooking and entertaining.

Glamorous KitchenWhy We Love It Because the sexy lipstick-red Molteni Cooking podium shouts that this kitchen is for passionate cooks. Plus, the 8-foot-long island is accessible from all sides, encouraging cooking and conversation with its induction burner, grill, prep sink, and refrigerated sink. Romance also thrives in the satin-brass embossed ceiling panels, the incredibly intricate mosaic floor, and the 11-foot-high walnut cabinets finished in chocolate.Design: Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams

Appliances integrated into the custom cabinets by Casa Verde give the kitchen a furniture feel that blends with the adjoining living room. Wavy handmade glass imported from Germany and installed in cabinet fronts reflects light and adds character to the space. The island chandelier and the hanging lantern between the wall cabinets are from Dennis & Leen.

Written by Nancy MilliganDesign: Mikhail Dantes, Eddy Doumas

Use open shelves to break up cabinetry. Blue mercury-glass pendants pick up the color theme and add to the kitchen’s exotic style.

In the magazine, De Giulio spoke about how kitchens had been transformed over the years. “Nowhere is our lifestyle change more apparent than in the contrast between the kitchens of today and the kitchens of those great homes. They were designed not to be seen or heard, usually located towards the rear of the house without much regard to natural light, and rather small compared to the proportions of the rest of the house.

Crafted from walnut, imbuia, and anigre, the nearly 11-foot-long island was inspired by English antiques. Elegance to the max.

The double refrigerator with bottom freezers gets furniture-like styling with wood-and-mirror paneling. Countertop-to-ceiling windows and transoms on the range wall maximize light.  

Although the kitchen was completely remodeled into an efficient galley design, vintage light fixtures and other architectural elements, such as a large arched window (to the left of the range, not shown), are in keeping with the rest of the house. 

The contrast between the rustic stonework and streamlined stainless steel appliances give this French-inspired kitchen a serious wow factor. To maximize entertaining space, downsize an island and add a trestle table with stools.

Why We Love It It’s all in the details for this kitchen, highlighted with a beautiful hutch, handsome handles on the stove, and an island topped with marble.

Why We Love It Because folk art finds peek from the corners of this crisp white kitchen in a summer home on Nantucket. Glass shelving on the bottom of the island and the light fixtures reminiscent of ship lights add vintage charm. See the next slide for another view of this kitchen.

Written by Eliot NusbaumProduced by Andrea CaugheyDesign: Sandra Tofanelli-Gordon

This kitchen has a tiled barrel-vault ceiling, retro artwork, and bistro chairs for a vintage vibe. The brass fixtures add elegance.

Lavish KitchenWhy We Love It Because glossy lava-stone countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and stained walnut cabinetry create a rich interplay of textures. We love looking up at the plaster-relief medallions and deep crown moldings that add detail to the ceiling. And we love looking down at the magnificent “rug” on the floor that’s actually an ornate tile mosaic. See next slide for another view of this kitchen.Design: Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams

Written by Carla Breer HowardProduced by Bonnie MaharamDesign: Joe Christopher and Howard Siegel

Written by Eliot NusbaumDesign: Christopher Peacock, Laura Dylla

An orange checkerboard floor brightens up a mostly white kitchen. The contrasting blue door adds quirk.

This remodeled Minnesota kitchen was inspired by the movie Something’s Gotta Give. Cream-colored, inch-thick recessed paneled doors create shadows and have the scale the large space demands. A handsome center island features a walnut dining ledge that accommodates four at leather-seated stools.

Designer and homeowner Kay Douglass converted a sitting room into the new kitchen of her Tudor-style home in Atlanta. She and architect Keith Sumerour first vaulted the flat ceiling to 13 feet, adding volume to the 15×19-foot room. Upper walls were left open, showcasing original leaded casement windows and allowing maximum sunlight into the room. With no upper cabinets, and a desire for a clutter-free kitchen, adequate storage was key in the custom cabinets’ design.

Eco-Friendly KitchenWhy We Love It Because it’s beautiful and green at the same time. Custom cabinets are built with certified sustainable lumber. Like the cabinets, the island is painted with low-VOC paint; its Aegean Sea blue hue reflects the homeowner’s Greek heritage. Although the island’s lustrous soapstone countertop had to be shipped from overseas, that choice was offset by using locally sourced white Danby marble for a countertop and backsplash. The floor’s wide pine planks come from managed forests.Design: Patricia Gaylor

Architect: Elida SchujmanBuilder: John MerrillField Editor: Helen Heitkamp

Oil-rubbed-bronze hardware and antique-inspired floor tiles give a nod to old-world charm. The appliances and subway tiling keep it from feeling too dated.

Written by Amy ElbertProduced by Elaine MarkoutsasDesign: Rosemary MerrillArchitect: Jeff Murphy

A gorgeous blue-green quartzite stone with rich veining jump-started the room’s color palette. The stone was used for the countertops and also as inlays to accent the honed limestone floors. Cabinets are painted a whisper blue.

The highly functional 7×3-foot island anchors the space. Designed like a piece of cherry furniture, with lots of shelves, turned columns, and a teak top, it’s outfitted with a large white sink and a refrigerator drawer. A handsome antique pot rack hangs overhead. 

A large island with lots of storage anchors the kitchen, which has three chandeliers to illuminate the room at night. The space is almost all white, with spots of color showing up on the kitchen stools and inside the glass-front cabinets, which designer Sandra Tofanelli-Gordon cleverly lined with blue, green, and pink plaid taffeta. 

Rustic KitchenWhy We Love It Because of its surprising mix of materials. An antique French butcher-block table serves as an island. Ann Sacks tiles set on the diagonal create a stunning backdrop for a massive range hood accessorized with a cow. Reclaimed hickory floors are accented with colorful antique rugs. And an upside-down meat rack-turned-pot rack dangles antique copper utensils from the soaring ceiling.Design: Judith Nadler Ellerman

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To provide needed storage and aid the traffic pattern, Brooks’ design called for two islands. The new coffered ceiling also helps bring visual order, not to mention visual interest. The homeowners designed the tile backsplash themselves.

Christopher opted for a refined, simple style and installed white cabinets from his Classic Collection with polished-nickel hardware. A warm charcoal-gray hue from Christopher Peacock Paints accents the crisp white cabinets, trim, and marble countertops. Countertops are honed marble with random gray blotches––an organic pattern that adds drama.

Why We Love It In this glamorous kitchen, the double refrigerator with bottom freezers has mirror-and-wood panel fronts for furniture styling. Windows on each side of the range and transoms above the hood invite sunlight.

Written by John RihaKitchen design: Mick De GiulioInterior design: Jackie Renwick

The kitchen’s crowning touch is the richly grained gold-and-gray Calacatta marble countertop. At the counter under one window, designer Rosemary Merrill couldn’t resist playing up the beauty of the stone, designing a marble apron accented by a satin-nickel towel bar. 

What started as a mission to replace a cabinet that had been gnawed on by the family dog turned into a new kitchen wing that was the family gathering place in this Birmingham, Michigan, home.

Elegant Breakfast AreaWhy We Love It Because the stately stone pedestal base of the breakfast table balances the potentially overwhelming impact of all the dark wood. And the graceful Chippendale arm chairs and iron chandelier from Holly Hunt offer sensuous curves in the midst of those hard edges.Interior Design: Kara Mann

Create a modern Provincial kitchen with minimalist grooved cabinetry in a soft custom sage green and limestone countertops. The kitchen feels simultaneously masculine and warm & inviting.

A green gingham ceiling gives a classic white kitchen some cool points. Bonus? It adds drama to high ceilings, while making the room a little cozier.

Why We Love It Because of the beautiful antique breakfront that the floor plan and kitchen cabinets were designed around. You can never go wrong decorating with what you love!

The kitchen’s wide windows are flanked with mercury-glass sconces that illuminate the countertops. Two large ceiling fixtures from a French automotive factory provide ambient light.

Why We Love It This kitchen has a self-assured look. A stainless steel pharmacist’s cabinet fashioned into an island is topped with honed blue limestone. Cabinets and trim painted a deep charcoal contrast with the marble countertops and backsplash.

The subtle color in this kitchen brings a coziness to the space, but doesn’t distract from its traditional style. And we need to talk about that insanely cool rolling ladder.

This kitchen from our Built for Women Showhouse was designed to be the center of the home and the place for family activities. “If it’s a family-oriented function, chances are the kitchen has to be able to accommodate it,” we wrote. This is still true today—and it’s one reason this kitchen has remained a favorite of ours.

Why We Love It Because the handsome custom-built hutch, including the wall-hung shelves above it, supplies everything the family—and their dog—need for breakfast. Two built-in refrigerator drawers from U-Line can also be used as freezer drawers for ice when the the family entertains.

Featured in our 20th-anniversary issue, this kitchen designed by Louise Brooks for her sister is still one of our favorites.

Written by Mike ButlerProduced by Joan DektarDesign: Edward Beall and Susie Beall

Written by Amy ElbertProduced by Sally Mauer and Hilary RoseKitchen Design: Laura Dylla O’Brien

The kitchen is the heart of your home. Whether your style is sophisticated or rustic—or your color preference is for earthy neutrals, cheery brights, or gleaming white—you’ll find not only loads of inspiration but also practical ideas here from some of our favorite kitchens.

The silver-nickel counter, sink, and chest are combined with lacquered walnut cabinets sporting chunky nickel hardware for the traditional-with-a-twist look the homeowners wanted. A sophisticated color palette (silver, chocolate, and ivory, with a hint of green) and a graceful mix of materials and warm wood tones also do the trick.

Why We Love It Because a barrel-arched glass ceiling enclosed in a finished attic space gives this kitchen its heavenly look. And we’re smitten with the black, brass-trimmed La Cornue range. See the next slide for another view of this kitchen.

Quartz-surfacing countertops in soothing mocha are easy to wipe clean and won’t stain––a must-have feature in a household with young children. A center island divides the kitchen, with a cooking and prep zone on one side and countertop seating where children can do homework on the other. A microwave in the island keeps countertops clear––and is within reach of youngsters able to prepare their own snacks. 

The plan for the kitchen included removing a drop ceiling and raising the new ceiling up to the rafters, which are now exposed, and adding a couple of clerestory windows to flood the room with sunlight. Shiny glass doors were used on the upper cabinets to make the most of the light entering the space. Beaded board and beams were integrated into the design of the room as well.

Despite the kitchen’s narrow dimensions, the homeowners asked the designer to incorporate an island to separate the work area from the social area so they could cook and entertain at the same time. The same granite used on the floors also tops the counters and island. 

Why We Love It Because burnished copper brightened with shimmering surfaces allows the owners of this kitchen to entertain large groups, accommodate caterers, and have a place for the family to gather comfortably. See the next slide for another view of this kitchen.

For an oversized island, you need statement lighting. These iron pendants add drama and necessary light.

For a glam but gender-neutral color scheme, opt for brass and blue. A banquette offers cozy seating.

Written by Amy ElbertProduced by Bonnie MaharamArchitectural designer: Louise Brooks

Edwardian KitchenWhy We Love It Because it looks like it was assembled out of a collection of fine furniture over time. Cabinets were custom-finished using colors and finishes reminiscent of the Edwardian Age. Premium natural materials such as marble, pewter, and oiled wood were added to the mix. And the massive pot rack hovering over the island is an architectural marvel.Design: Shelley Gordon

The rattan pendant in this kitchen ups the coastal vibes, but we’re most obsessed with these tiny blue window shades. Future beach house goals.

Written by Amy ElbertProduced by Khristi S. ZimmethDesign: DeeDee Taylor Eustace

Timeless KitchenWhy We Love It Because they created a custom hutch with leaded-glass doors inspired by old salvaged windows. And they designed the rest of the space to keep up the façade of age. Buttermilk-colored cabinets sport furniture-style details, pewter-finish cup pulls, and a brushed gray glaze. Glossy subway tiles line the range wall, where stainless-steel appliances (along with the TV in the island) reveal the room’s utterly modern functionality.Design: Susan Geier and Michael Ranson

Stately KitchenWhy We Love It Because of jet-black-painted kitchen cabinets that look like they came straight out of a library. Weathered nickel hardware and champagne-silver painted accents on the cabinets give the room a touch of glitz. Other details are simple, but gorgeous. Slabs of richly veined Calcutta marble cover the backsplashes, the 12-foot-long island, and the perimeter countertops. The rich brown flooring is Cumaru (Brazilian Teak) with a custom stain.Design: Carrie Hayden

Elegant KitchenWhy We Love It Because the sophisticated cabinets look like fine furniture. The elegant refrigerator cabinet is character butternut with a burnished bronze finish, while the island is crafted from hand-scraped walnut with a granite countertop. Warm white accents make a creamy backdrop for all of the rich wood tones throughout the space. Bar stools with cream-colored backs and seats offer comfortable perches for homework or casual dining. See next slide for another view of the kitchen.Interior Design: Kara Mann

Simple Shaker-style kitchen cabinets in a creamy color are off set by dark counters. The back door is painted red for a pop of color.

Written by Eliot NusbaumProduced by Bonnie MaharamDesign: Louise Brooks

In September 1996, we featured three kitchens designed by Mick De Giulio, including this renovated space in an old Chicago-area home. Here, De Giulio added French doors on the south wall to bring in generous amounts of light. Simple white raised-panel cabinets and warm wood floors are subtly elegant. Delicately patterned wallpaper and window treatments complement the scheme.  

This may be a pricier renovation, but if you’ve always dreamed of living that Lonely Island, “I’m On A Boat” life (uh, don’t we all?), go all-out on the coastal look with porthole windows.

Why We Love It Because it makes durability look elegant. The kitchen of this five cat and one Great Dane has vinyl on the stools and stone rather than wood on the floor. The pendant lights and ceiling heights reflect the style of the 1920s Georgian-style home in which this kitchen is a natural gathering spot. . See the next slide for another view of this kitchen.

The city version of a farmhouse kitchen features brass hardware, a painted floor, and two Wolf ovens. The cabinetry, along with white-tiled walls and a milk-glass chandelier, creates the illusion of added sunlight.

After 18 years in their New Canaan, Connecticut, house, kitchen designer Louise Brooks and her husband, Ned, finally decided to remodel their cooking space. Louise appropriated and extended the existing garage to encompass her new kitchen and butler’s pantry. The old kitchen was incorporated into the dining room. The new 500-square-foot kitchen includes an intimate dining spot and a cozy seating area with a fireplace. The new kitchen is a bright, breezy mix of delft tile, gray-veined white marble, and creamy white cabinets. 

Light-Filled KitchenWhy We Love It Because it’s so clear that the enormous island is the kitchen’s nerve center. And the vaulted ceiling and gargantuan chimney hood take our breath away. Plus, the maple cabinets, concrete countertops, and stainless-steel appliances command attention without detracting from the lush landscape outside the wall of windows.Design: Melinda Douglas

Why We Love It In the kitchen of this Chicago penthouse, the breakfast area is subtle and muted, letting the city view command attention. The handsome bar is crafted from ebony walnut.

This Portland, Oregon, kitchen was intentionally designed with more space for food preparation and less for food storage. What was originally envisioned as a pantry and storage space ended up as a baking center and food-prep area.

Why We Love It Because collections always add character to a home, we love the painted hutch that houses the homeowner’s collection of mochaware.

Lavish KitchenWhy We Love It Because the rich, dark-stained walnut cabinets contrast so beautifully with multi-tone walls that give the appearance of quarried blocks. And we admire the mirrored doors in a central shelving unit because they look like muntined glass, but actually conceal a dumbwaiter and stairs to the basement.Design: Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams

Why We Love It Because of its beamed and barrel-arched ceiling. This handsome kitchen opens to a great room and an adjoining breakfast room. The French country architecture of the house plus the size and scale of the rooms dictated color choices of orange-reds, golds, and muddied greens to add warmth and comfort. See the next slide for another view of this kitchen.

The owners of this Connecticut home were determined that the redesign of their kitchen be in keeping with the style of the 1930s Georgian Colonial. The kitchen, however, posed a number of problems, such as windows too low to allow for counters and cabinets, and four different doorways into the room. That’s where the expertise of architectural designer Louise Brooks was so valuable. Where things could be replicated, like the moldings, they were, and when Brooks had to re-create the look, she did––as in the simple painted pine cabinets, marble countertops, custom hood, and painted floor. 

Written by Eliot NusbaumArchitectural designer: Louise Brooks

“The new kitchen must be designed as if living in the kitchen had originally been important. So understanding the whole of the architecture and walking through each room to understand the scale and proportion of the entire house helps us incorporate this new space.” De Giulio understands kitchens, and those who use them daily, well. His thoughtful, classic kitchens have long been favorites with our readers.

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You don’t have to re-do your whole kitchen to make a statement. This kitchen has existing countertops and white range, but the cabinets were painted and hexagonal terracotta floor tiles were added, as well as open shelves.

A glazed backsplash and weathered oak island feel sleek and sexy in a kitchen. The hanging rack is functional and stylish.

In 1995, Traditional Home partnered with Kohler to build a romantic home, described as “more than a collection of surfaces and finishes––a home that is a joyful self-expression of the people who live there.” In the kitchen, this spirit was created in part by the glass-front upper cabinets—the idea being that part of romance is revealing your personality. Those cabinets display dinnerware and silver pitchers.

The strength and integrity of a 1920s Georgian-Federal estate caught the eye of artist Lorna Robertson when she moved to New York from Chicago, but the stately home was in need of time and attention.

The kitchen is probably the most used room in your house, so you want it to be a space you enjoy spending time in. From country casual to sleek and modern — and everything in between — we’ve got all the kitchen inspiration you could ever need. Marble countertops, here we come!

The remodel of this Toronto kitchen was motivated above all by function. Traditional framed cabinets and exposed hinges are in keeping with the style of the Georgian home with Tudor details. Cabinets now stretch to the 12-foot-high ceilings. Leaded-glass fronts on some upper cabinets––and motif trim on the end panels of the two islands––are also inspired by the house’s period styling. The two islands, one for prep and one for serving and snacking, have a path between them that allows for easy movement and better-organized work zones.

White limestone floors, off-white cabinets, and cream-colored wall tiles create a neutral background against which a Chinese needlepoint rug pops with dazzling color. A metal chandelier makes a surprise appearance over the 7-foot island topped with butcher block.

Faced with a dark, galley-style kitchen still wearing a dated 1980s remodel, Brooks started by bumping out the east and north sides of the house, more than doubling the size of the kitchen. She pushed ceiling heights to 9 feet and lined exterior walls with ceiling-high windows that flood the space with sunlight. A deep farmhouse-style sink in the 10×14-foot island allows the cook to face the sitting room and talk with family or guests while preparing a meal.

Store everyday dishes on a traditional plate rack, and opt for a vintage table and chairs. Major farmhouse decor envy.

A subtle palette of browns and creams, from the caramel-colored floor to the heavy wood beams, sets a quiet tone for the busiest room of the house. To this palette, kitchen designer Linda Banks added butterscotch-colored cabinets that have been gently distressed; polished, sand-colored granite countertops with delicate black highlights; a blend of cream-colored tiles accented with black stars (still a favorite of Senior Style Editor Krissa Rossbund); and the soft gray of stainless steel. The working end of the kitchen (shown here) was built around the range and matching hood. Anchoring the kitchen is an island topped with a single slab of granite with a double curbed edge. Screen inserts in the cabinets offer variety and texture and allow a peek inside. 

This 1946 Nantucket-style beachfront home in La Jolla, California was in need of an upgraded kitchen. Glossy white paint, glass cabinet doors, and marble counters now light up the space.

The white-flecked black countertops are concrete, and the backsplashes are veined gray marble. The custom-designed, ebonized oak island is multifunctional but narrow enough to allow for easy maneuvering around it. Simple glass-front cabinets topped with dentil molding show off crystal, china, and silver. Speaking of “dentil,” the kitchen stools are from a dentist’s office. New custom cabinetry, countertops, lighting, and appliances brought the kitchen up to the times. 

Kitchen in ConcreteWhy We Love It Because this kitchen doesn’t take itself too seriously. A rugged marble-topped island with old wood legs comfortably shares space with modern stainless-steel cabinets and appliances. The range hood is made from a plasterlike material that was finished to look like concrete (but without the corresponding weight). The floor is natural concrete finished with a beeswax derivative.Design: Marcia Bond

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