Category 1: Small Kitchen (less than 150 square feet)
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(Photo Credit) Photos: Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography
This gourmet kitchen, designed by Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD, of Peter Salerno Inc. in Wyckoff, NJ, started out as a cramped galley kitchen in a small apartment. To begin the transformation to elegant gourmet kitchen, Salerno removed the wall between the kitchen and dining area, which allowed natural light to brighten the entire space. The creamy painted finish also adds brightness, and the darker glaze accentuates the cabinetry’s rich details. The countertops showcase a rich mixture of cream, gold and silvery hues, and the simple pale stone backsplash is adorned with a custom hand-painted tile design over the cooktop. The opulence of the room is punctuated by the room’s focal point – a custom antique tin hood. The client’s passion for cooking and entertaining made storage space and serving areas a priority. A cherry wine/dessert server functions as a serving area for entertaining, and the pantries situated on either side provide food storage.
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Photos: Greg Clark
An awkwardly expanded 1941 cottage with inconveniently located kitchen got a much-needed makeover, with German Brun, LEED AP of Den Architecture in Miami, FL creating this kitchen, designed for a young couple. After relocating the kitchen to a more central location in the house, the designer worked with an overall aesthetic inspired by the days of early pioneers, punctuated with modern touches and conveniences. The design incorporates such rustic elements as alligator-patterned porcelain, Beech wood butcher block, a white farmhouse sink and vintage-style filament light fixtures. The rustic butcher block counter provides a striking contrast to the sleek modern white cabinetry . Wrapped butcher block is also integrated around the upper cabinets and island, providing consistency throughout the design. A breakfast island with concealed lower cabinets works double duty as an eating area and prep zone, and also provides added storage. Dark porcelain plank floors add to the natural feel of the room.
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Tim Scott of XTC Design Incorporated in Toronto, Ontario, Canada created this sleek condominium kitchen, which features modern conveniences in an ultra-modern design. Grain match veneer and white quartz countertops set the tone for the clean look of the space. Pop-up countertop receptacles provide uninterrupted flow of the glass backsplash, enhancing the streamlined aesthetic. A darker stripe punctuates the white glass tile, playing upon the other linear elements featured in the room. Compact European appliances are used throughout the space, including an integrated refrigerator, demi-high units housing the oven and microwave, and a wall-mounted wine chiller featured in a corner space, accessible from the back of the peninsula. An articulating faucet adds to the modern look, as does long lift-up cabinet hardware. The ceiling detail plays on the depth of the pot light, adding interest.
Category 2: Medium Kitchen (150-350 square feet)
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Photos: Arnal Photography – Larry Arnal
The kitchen for this family of four who love to entertain needed to be modern, yet warm and inviting. Tim Scott of XTC Design Incorporated in Toronto, Ontario, Canada incorporated two work zones, optimum storage options for essential items and cutting edge features into the design to make entertaining a breeze. The kitchen features separate clean-up and prep areas, with tall refrigerator units along the back wall between the recessed pocket doors that lead to a pantry and mud room. Walnut cabinetry adds warmth and movement to the space, and provides contrast to the lava stone floor and white accents in the room. The central, double-sided island topped with striated, back-beveled marble makes a dramatic statement. The wood floor insert and the wood clad back wall create a focal “c” with the wood-dropped ceiling, which provides an area for up-lighting.
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Photos: Bob Narod, Photographer, LLC
Significant architectural challenges in this kitchen were no match for Lauren Levant Bland of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd. In Chevy Chase, MD. The space, which is unified by floating beams and parallel track lighting on the ceiling, incorporates a spacious cooking area, central prep zone and coffee station. Cabinetry finished in a soft oatmeal-colored paint contrasts with the dark cherry accent colors. Countertops in the kitchen feature rich neutral hues and showcase great movement, and include Mother of Pearl elements. Fossilized brown limestone adds character to the coffee station. Open shelving and glass-front cabinets provide areas for display of dishes and glassware and add interest. A custom stainless hood and distinctive sculpted limestone tile backsplash complete the look of the space.
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Photos: Brandon Barré
Influenced by an English cottage design, Jane Lockhart of Jane Lockhart Interior Design in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, set about to create the traditional kitchen with contemporary flair and whimsical details that her client requested. Artistic cottage touches are everywhere: steel-blue solid maple cabinets, floral pillows in the eating area and hand-painted backsplash tiles lend a distinctive cottage quality to the room. The cabinetry is slightly deeper than average to give the appearance of traditional furniture while providing added storage. Exposed face framing around all of the drawers and doors showcases extra bead detailing that adds a handcrafted look. The hood mantel center arch is recessed and features an added plate rail that holds the client’s antique plate collection. Leaded glass doors on either side of the mantel hood add character while creating depth.
Category 3: Large Kitchen (more than 350 square feet)
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Photos: David McFadden
David McFadden of Past Basket Design in Geneva, IL incorporated a range of industrial-style elements into this large kitchen design. The room – which includes polished concrete flooring, stone and wood walls, exposed trusses and a vaulted ceiling – emits a warm and inviting vibe. The work zone consists of an outer island that offers storage and seating and provides transition into a separate area. Dish and glass storage is provided by the 42” full-height base cabinets at the outer island. The overhang of the island counter is supported by a custom steel post designed to resemble the ceiling trusses. This ties the space together visually. A round hood stack above the top of the upper cabinets creates the feel of a building detail. Refrigerator drawers in the island aid in preparation for quick meals. Matching cabinetry in the pantry conceals the room’s open shelving.
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Photos: Joshua Lawrence
The open layout of this dramatic penthouse kitchen provides a great space for entertaining, and affords guests a panoramic view of the city. Designed by Claire Reimann, AKBD, of Jason Good Custom Cabinets in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the kitchen – with its prepping and serving zones – is separated from the lounging and socializing areas, yet ties in with the whole space. All of the doors and drawers of the kitchen open to the reverse slope bevel, which is reflected in the white custom quartz countertop. A centrally located sink is seamlessly integrated into a custom fabricated stainless steel cube, which is located between two high-gloss white peninsulas. A tall cabinetry wall is divided into equal door widths, and incorporates a walk-in pantry, refrigerator, freezer, breakfast pantry and television. A raised floating china buffet cabinet with custom grain and oiled Rose veneer provides a textured contrast with the sleek high-gloss finishes of the surrounding cabinetry.
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Photos: Peter Leach
The client building this beach house favored a traditional, casual style, and turned to Joseph A. Giorgi, Jr., CKD of Giorgi Kitchens & Designs in Wilmington, DE to help create a large, open-style kitchen. To optimize the functionality of the space, the kitchen is grouped into various work zones. The cooking zone includes a stainless farmhouse sink in the island, in close proximity to the cooktop and refrigerator. A clean-up zone houses an elevated dishwasher in the main island, and a twin-bin waste pull-out sits to the right of the sink. A second island with a small entertaining sink and an undercounter refrigerator provides an intimate gathering spot. Two wall cabinets for storing glasses and dishes are featured on either side of the casement windows, and a combined pantry and display storage goes along the back wall behind the islands. Blue Celeste marble tops and iridescent glass backsplash tile play off of the classic white and bayou-blue two-tone cabinets with gray accents.
Category 4: Powder Room (sink and toilet required, no tub or shower)
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This powder room by Sol Quintana Wagoner of Jackson Design and Remodeling in San Diego, CA took its cues from the clients’ interest in Asian and contemporary styles. To begin, an ochre wall does double duty, concealing a venting system and incorporating a variety of niches that display a range of collectibles. Tile in rich shades of ebony, gold and dark brown, illuminated by gold-leaf lighting, make a dramatic backdrop for the freestanding vanity that houses an arced onyx sink paired with gold wall-mount faucets. A curved mirror with a rustic Asian-style wood frame rises above the vanity. A black pocket door with Shoji-style panels and a natural stone floor in dark black with metallic gold add dramatic Asian-inspired touches to the room.
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Photos: William Lesch @ Lesch Photography
Lori W. Carroll, ASID, IIDA of Lori W. Carroll & Associates in Tucson, AZ was asked to create a new powder room using pieces that were salvaged from a fire that had ravaged the clients’ home. Rejuvenated pieces that Carroll had to work with included tile, wall sconces and a ceiling pendant, all of which became the inspiration for the space. The old Spanish Hacienda works well with the brick floors of the space, and the Tumbled 1”x1” Golden Sienna Travertine mosaics on the feature wall blend with the style, conveying a warm, antique aesthetic. A textured Venetian plaster covered the remaining walls and ceiling. The floating Mascarello granite countertop and mica and quartz in the stone add sparkle to the space, topped with a large copper vessel sink that coordinates with the mirror above. Adorning the room are hand-forged candlestick sconces and ironwork ceiling fixture.
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Photo: Arnal Photography – Larry Arnal
Sheena Hammond of XTC Design Incorporated in Toronto, Ontario, Canada added architectural interest to this contemporary powder room by including a curved wood wall in front of an existing wall. This addition created a recess that, in turn, made room for a flat wall surface on which was mounted a mirror and chrome faucet. A double-recessed adjustable light fixture above the sink vanity, and the LED strip lighting in the wood cove detail, add warmth and illumination to the space. A sleek, wall-mounted toilet and floating modern white vanity allows the wood wall detail to continue to the floor without obstruction for a cleaner look. Purple on the walls and a deep gray tile floor add rich interest.
Category 5: Small Bathroom (less than 55 square feet)
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Photo: Arnal Photography – Larry Arnal
Designed by Tim Scott of XTC Design Incorporated in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, this small bathroom displays elements that evoke the feeling of a day at the beach. Natural tones include a driftwood-hued wood-like floor tile, blue/sand glass backsplash and sea foam colored walls. Stealing space from an adjacent bedroom closet allowed for the addition of a walk-in shower with exposed thermostatic shower valve. The sink area provides ample counter space and storage for bathroom’s three users. A large framed mirror makes the space look larger and creates a lighter atmosphere.
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Photos: Bernard André Photography
Accessible from the inside as well as the outside, this bathroom was designed to be a calming space with a beach-like feel to serve both pool goers and visitors staying in the guest bedroom. Designer Leslie Lamarre, CKD, of TRG Architects in Burlingame, CA updated the room’s original traditional look with a transitional design that incorporated both contemporary and traditional elements. Large-format limestone tile, reminiscent of sand in its color and appearance, is used in the space. A tumbled glass mosaic that looks and feels like beach glass is paired with hand-crafted gray/blue ceramic tile. Wainscoting is carried from the vanity area right into the shower. Clear-coated beech on the vanity and floating shelves continues the natural aesthetic.
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Photos: PhotographerLink/Fred Donham
Nar Bustamante, CR, of NAR Fine Carpentry, Inc. in Carmichael, CA drew the inspiration for this bath from the Asian Arts and Crafts collection featured in the home. The contemporary bath features a vertical grain douglas fir flush inset cabinet that picks up on the Arts and Crafts theme. Black walnut panels, legs and door dowels add an Asian furniture flair to the cabinetry. Continuing the clean look of the space, the designer tiled the complete wall, using tile in a light horizontal combed pattern, laid horizontal 24”x12” straight stack. A flush inset mirror was inset into the tile, and a sparkly countertop provides an additional contemporary element. Gray slate tile flooring adds to the old world Japanese feel.
Category 6: Large Bathroom (more than 55 square feet)
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Photos: David Bagosy Photography
There were challenges galore for Laura Stein of Laura Stein Interiors, Inc., in Toronto, Ontario, Canada when renovating this dated condominium bathroom. Stein had to work with the original plumbing and within the original footprint of the space, as well as provide a large storage area, good lighting and a feeling of openness. To begin, a large tub area was converted to a shower with a bench, with detailed tile work that incorporates three different types of tile. Stein also removed one of the two existing sinks, which allowed her to add two large storage towers above the vanity, all in dark wood tones to contrast the light counters and tile. Double sconces were added on either side of the sink for close lighting, with three additional recessed lights and a moisture-resistant recessed light in the shower. Ductwork was relocated to the perimeter of the room, which allowed the designer to raise the dropped ceilings.
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Photos: Dave Adams Photography
Meditative simplicity and the experience of luxury are reflected in this bath, created by Janice Stone Thomas, ASID, CKD of Stone Wood Design, Inc. in Sacramento, CA. The contemporary space was designed for a couple who were looking for a spa-like retreat. Thomas used curves to create the flow of space and add relaxing visual lines. A concave wall creates the boundaries of the shower, which goes from floor to ceiling. The wall sports storage niches on one side, while the outside curve creates a tiled accent where sheeting water flows, providing the soothing sound of tranquil waters. A pebble door adds a natural element to the shower. A sculptural tub features an ellipse, continuing the curved theme. A sliding door that glides over the toilet room for privacy, and doors over the vanity add to the streamlined look of the space. Large, beige tiles with a soft, directional texture, create a basket weave pattern.
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Photos: Jason Karman
This master spa retreat designed by Corey Shannon Klassen, CKD includes a large walk-in shower with steam, digital controls, rain showerhead, a hand-held wand and a seated area. The cast iron soaking tub cleverly conceals the wall-hung toilet, which allows for additional floor space. Reclaimed fir, originally from the floor joists, makes for a ledge for bathing. A large double-sink vanity with custom white cabinetry optimizes storage space. A skylight, as well as decorative and recessed lighting provide illumination . Engineered quartz surfaces and warm metal plumbing fixtures are keep the design clean yet warm and inviting.