"This kitchen was for a client's mother who had come to live with them. She wanted a room reminiscent of her childhood days. Using a beaded inset door and antiquing the cabinets gave them an Old World look. The corners of each door were sanded off for a rounded, worn effect, enhanced by little finger latches. Antiqued and distressed, the painted green cabinetry features cracking, pullout wicker baskets, dish and cup racks, valance legs, and flushed toes.
"The microwave was hidden behind a pocket door, while panels on the dishwasher and refrigerator kept them out of sight. We used hand-planed barn beams for the ceiling, and flooring that had knots in it like wide boards of years ago. A porcelain farm sink, butcher block tops, and a wrought-iron light provide finishing touches."
Designer: Roy McLain, CMKBD
Advanced Kitchens & Bath
"The owner wanted an English Cottage-style kitchen for her lake home, so we focused on adding charm and coziness. We used maple cabinets with a stained and distressed heirloom finish to give them the patina of time. Adding furniture toe board to the sink cabinet gave it a furniture look. The burgundy and green of the hand painted tile backsplash softened the natural stone-like tile. Like homes in the English countryside, we used rope molding, a carved wooden hood, rustic wood floor, and bead board on the back of the island. The lake view is a focal point of the kitchen. The small window above the sink was visually enlarged by angling leaded glass cabinets on both sides to open up this area."
Designer: Mary Ann Falkenberg, CKD
Crystal Kitchen Center
Golden Valley, Minnesota
"English Manor involves a heavier look, seen in this kitchen's thick granite countertops. Trim was added to the bottom of the island, resulting in a substantial, furniture-like feel. A heavier cabinet appearance was achieved by extending them from the floor to the ceiling with moldings at top. Although manor kitchens weren't necessarily painted yellow, many were painted, so the painted inset doors reinforce the style."
Photo: Tom Young
"The mantle hearth gives the look of a manor-type cooking alcove, a shape echoed in the traditional open shelving found throughout the room. Wooden pine floors, lantern-type lighting, and the island's English farmhouse prep sink further help to preserve the English Manor style."
Designer: Jean Buchen
K T Highland Company
"Raised panel doors and heavier crown molding at the ceiling define this kitchen as Colonial. However, the cabinets' Oyster Bay finish gives them a driftwood color for a coastal feel. The crown moldings, done in Harbor Mist, further emphasize a coastal, beach house palette. Two different sizes of molding top the cabinets. The larger 4" upper cabinet molding is repeated at the ceiling, with dentil and decorative moulding below it for a weightier effect.
Photo: Randy Godeau
"The grain of the Rosetta Corian countertops plays on the molding, as does the grayish-taupe ceramic tile floor. Brushed pewter knobs and pulls and the bead board backsplash reinforce the Colonial style. Seaside hues create a room fairly neutral in color, with the exception of the stained glass window. Colonial formalism is softened through the use of curved cabinets, making for an inviting, casual atmosphere with formal elements."
Designer: Randy Godeau
Bay Area Kitchens
Small and Stylish
"We looked at knocking out walls in this small kitchen, but found that creative solutions to space issues made it function as the client wanted without going beyond the original space. By removing a peninsula, we completely opened up the area in this small kitchen. We used extra tall cabinets to provide the storage they needed.
"While we did enclose one window where the cooktop now is, we wanted to leave the other to allow adequate light in. A custom plate rack breaks up the cabinetry and makes use of a space that was largely unusable-the plate rack depth is perfect, but a cabinet would have blocked the window. We did a recess in the wall for oil and wine storage for easy access while cooking.
"On the south wall we put in a pantry with an appliance garage directly underneath. Because there was no countertop space, we installed a slide-out cutting board below the appliance garage so that appliances didn't have to be lugged across the kitchen. Also, by using lighter glazed woods and white tile, the space visually looks open and clean."
Designer: Klaudia Spivey
Design Times Inc.
"This outdoor kitchen combines the easy maintenance of custom stainless steel cabinetry and countertops with stone and a stamped concrete patio. The stone accents the brick and stone of the home and works well with the textured concrete. The stainless steel countertop can withstand the weather and won't discolor over time.
"It's an inviting mix of materials that will weather the outdoor elements well. They're durable, but there's most definitely a sense of style. The kitchen blends contemporary and traditional styling. It's aesthetically pleasing while having lots of prep space to truly prepare a meal outside. There's a small prep sink for convenience, and the cooktop has a variety of functions for grilling, rotisserie cooking, and sautéing. It's perfect for entertaining outdoors.
Designer: Keri Shreve, CKD
Karen Black's Kitchens By Design
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Early Arts & Crafts
"The house itself is a 1912 farmhouse so it falls into an early Arts & Craft category. It calls for a fairly simplistic design, a clean Arts & Crafts theme, not too fussy. We used flush frame cabinetry, whereby the doors are let into the frame. The frame itself is cherry, while the doors and panels are a stained maple, which brought a simple, interesting contrast to a large space. We took the cabinets right up to the ceiling, with a horizontal rail separating the lower from upper cabinets."
Photo: Bob Matheson
"The trolley-like piece in the room's center echoes the cabinetry, with a maple top and cherry base. The floor has the same contrast of material and lines, with fir in the kitchen and oak in the adjoining space. A built-in buffet matches the cabinetry for an integrated feel."
Designer: Bart Griffin, CKD, CBD
Victoria, British Columbia
"The vintage painted finish of the cabinetry, combined with a beaded inset raised door style, result in a very Classical look. The molding details, pilasters, and dentil trim also add to the room's classic nature. But, just like the Georgian-style house has a contemporary twist, so does this kitchen."
Photo: Elaine Kathryn
"Although the general shape, pastel finishes and wooden floor are Classical elements, the room is an outwardly modern kitchen, featuring a paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator, double oven, warming drawer, two dishwashers, cooktop, and wine refrigerator. The modern conveniences shift the kitchen's style to Neoclassical, while maintaining the classic lines and symmetry of a Georgian home."
Designer: Michael Boyette, CKD
Boyette Kitchens & Baths
Bloomfield, New Jersey
"This was a brand new home built in the rugged mountain lodge style that's popular up here. The ceiling features false box beams made from rustic recycled knotty alder and an arch of Montana moss rock.
"The cabinets are also made of knotty distressed alder, with a multistep glazed finish that has a dark honey base and a brown glaze residue that's wiped off. The cabinet doors and drawers are over 1 inch thick, which creates a bolder look and feel. With all the rocks, heavy doors, and turnposts, the key word is massive."
Designer: Jason Roth
Five Star Kitchen Designs
Sun Valley, Idaho