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| March 1, 2017

“Old World Kitchen” by Ginger Barber. The antique shop counter was the focal point for this old world kitchen with antique cathedral stone countertops and parfueille terracotta tile floors from Chateau Domingue. A warm and chef-friendly kitchen was a must since the homeowner loves to entertain and cook. Materials were selected for easy clean-up and graceful aging to ac­commodate lots of use.

“Old World Kitchen” by Ginger Barber. The antique shop counter was the focal point for this old world kitchen with antique cathedral stone countertops and parfueille terracotta tile floors from Chateau Domingue. A warm and chef-friendly kitchen was a must since the homeowner loves to entertain and cook. Materials were selected for easy clean-up and graceful aging to ac­commodate lots of use.

Creating A Culinary Space

Text by Cheryl Alexander

Kitchen designs are as varied as the cooks who use them. Some are so lackluster that even the thought of cooking in them can stifle any craving. Others, however, like the culinary spaces fashioned by these talented designers and their teams, really whet the appetite for creating impressive and tasty meals. These kitchens really WORK! Whether your tastes lean toward Old World and European, timeless and transitional, or urban and contemporary, the design concepts here will leave you hungry for more.

 

Old World Kitchen

Design by Ginger Barber

Construction by Steve Overstreet

Photography by Miro Dvorscak

Because these clients love to entertain and to cook and also love the outdoors, they wanted a functional, open space with plenty of natural light and a view of the scenery. The space is full of reclaimed and antique items: the countertops are cathedral stone, the backsplash is old cement tile from a building in France, the floors are from a villa in Portugal,
and the breakfast table is an old wine tasting table from Bordeaux. The most special feature is the large island — an old French store table conformed with drawers that serves as a gathering area for friends and family. Parfeuille tile floors, which were very hard to find and difficult to install, are considered worthwhile due to their durability and beauty.

The kitchen layout is open to the den and an al fresco dining area in the courtyard. When the clients entertain, the space becomes one large room.

 

“Con­tem­porary Chic Kitchen” by Miqui McGowan. Clean and contemporary design with a splash of color make this kitchen work. Appliances by Wolf/ Sub Zero.

“Con­tem­porary Chic Kitchen” by Miqui McGowan. Clean and contemporary design with a splash of color make this kitchen work. Appliances by Wolf/ Sub Zero.

Contemporary Chic Kitchen

Design by Miqui McGowan

Construction by Talmadge Hargraves

Photography by Miro Dvorscak

The couple’s love of nature and need for order led this kitchen design that is open to the main living area and the front entry. A warm environment was created by fusing the natural elements of rich stone countertops and deep wood-toned cabinetry with the high performance of stainless steel Wolf/Sub Zero products. A touch of color was added to either side of the range to highlight the splash of blue in the artwork while maintaining the kitchen’s clean lines and overall simplicity. The imperfect glass brick backsplash tile complements the stainless appliances.

The refrigerator was placed next to the main sink and the range was placed on a wall with a continuous countertop to provide prep space with maximum efficiency. A drink bar and the Elkay island sink are favorite elements. The sliding opaque glass doors provide access to the utility room and light to the kitchen; when open, they provide a view of the front yard and anyone arriving. Tall cabinet storage doubles as a large pantry.

 

“Transitional Kitchen” by Blake Woods. Metallic crocodile-print wallpaper is a key design element of this remodel kitchen in a 1950’s English Tudor-style home.

“Transitional Kitchen” by Blake Woods. Metallic crocodile-print wallpaper is a key design element of this remodel kitchen in a 1950’s English Tudor-style home.

Transitional Kitchen

Design by Blake Woods

Construction by Lucas Craftsmanship/Billy Lucas

Photography by DM Photography

This traditionally styled kitchen with clean lines and modern finishes gives the homeowners an efficient layout to accommodate a small breakfast table, modern appliances and cabinets with pull-out amenities such as pantries and trash receptacles. Though small, the key areas have good circulation. Metallic crocodile-print wallpaper on the large, uninterrupted ceiling sets a fun tone. The warm, textural finishes also provide visual interest. The homeowners love to sit and have a meal or simply read the paper.

The kitchen in this 1950’s English Tudor-inspired ranch home maintains its original size and flows naturally within the rest of the home in its location adjacent to both the formal dining and living spaces. All the kitchen’s elements were chosen for practical reasons — the surfaces and stainless appliances are easy to clean. The design proves that modern amenities and design elements can uplift a small space without sacrificing style.

 

Modern, Industrial Kitchen” by Janet Gust. Tipler’s Lamp Shop of Austin designed the lights above the island. Custom high-gloss lacquered bar finishes the look.

Modern, Industrial Kitchen” by Janet Gust. Tipler’s Lamp Shop of Austin designed the lights above the island. Custom high-gloss lacquered bar finishes the look.

Modern, Industrial Kitchen

Design and Construction by Janet Gust

Photography by Julie Soefer Photography

With its clean and sleek design that is practical for entertaining and everyday use, the kitchen is the focal point of the main living area. The impressive commercial-grade, powder-coated custom hood placed above the Bertazzoni range, gives the kitchen a high-end feel. A large island with open access on all sides and a custom connected, high-gloss bar was a must-have, since the client entertains frequently. The durable wide-plank oak wood floors throughout the home are hand-finished with fumed wax, which withstands the traffic of the client’s three French bulldogs.

Purchased as a spec home just prior to completion, the designer worked with the existing design, layout and finish selections to achieve the ultimate contemporary look. The mix of grays and neutrals complement both modern and French design.

 

“French Soft Contemporary Kitchen” by Janet Gust. Reclaimed materials from local antique dealers such as Chateau Domingue, Found, Back Row Antique and Joyce Horn Antiques were used to achieve an eclectic French design. The 17th Century antique fireplace mantle repurposed as the hood, surrounded by the 18th Century reclaimed tile backsplash.

“French Soft Contemporary Kitchen” by Janet Gust. Reclaimed materials from local antique dealers such as Chateau Domingue, Found, Back Row Antique and Joyce Horn Antiques were used to achieve an eclectic French design. The 17th Century antique fireplace mantle repurposed as the hood, surrounded by the 18th Century reclaimed tile backsplash.

French Soft Contemporary Kitchen (Old World and Tuscan)

Design and Construction by Janet Gust

Construction by Steve Overstreet

Photography by George Craig

The clients wanted a child-friendly kitchen that would double as a great place for entertaining a crowd. The large island accommodates seating for several guests. The durable concrete countertops are conducive to entertaining and cooking, as well as everyday family use.

The French style incorporated in the design keeps this modern kitchen consistent with the rest of the home’s interior aesthetic. The use of repurposed items with modern elements results in a warm, cozy space, which perfectly fits the family’s lifestyle. For example, a 1700’s reclaimed mantel was used for the hood, and reclaimed doors and hardware were installed throughout.

 

“Traditional, European Kitchen” by Carla Aston. A soft white kitchen with traditional European flair is up to date with gorgeous Taj Mahal quartzite countertops and antique brass hardware. The homeowner loved being able to use her family heirloom chandelier over the new island. Faucet by Rohl and tiles by Archi­tect­ural Design Resources.

“Traditional, European Kitchen” by Carla Aston. A soft white kitchen with traditional European flair is up to date with gorgeous Taj Mahal quartzite countertops and antique brass hardware. The homeowner loved being able to use her family heirloom chandelier over the new island. Faucet by Rohl and tiles by Archi­tect­ural Design Resources.

Traditional European Kitchen

Design by Carla Aston

Photography by Miro Dvorscak

The custom-colored Portuguese tile made for this project served as the design inspiration. The client desired natural stone countertops that would be both beautiful and durable, and more storage options. In this tone-on-tone kitchen, the hood is the prominent feature, with an overall soft look that doesn’t scream for attention. The large island and large cooktop are important for entertaining. The chandelier is a family heirloom.

The color scheme (creamy white with soft yellow walls), brass elements and wood flooring connect the kitchen to the rest of the home. A soft blue valance brings color, along with the European country tiles.

 

“Classic Kitchen to En­ter­tain” by Marie Flanigan. Custom bar chairs that pull up to the island and a breakfast nook provide ample seating. A deep double bowl sink and task and accent lighting address culinary needs, while soapstone and marble countertops, handsome custom cabinetry, and pendant lights from The Urban Electric Co. over the expansive island give this room’s work space a generous sense of style.

“Classic Kitchen to En­ter­tain” by Marie Flanigan. Custom bar chairs that pull up to the island and a breakfast nook provide ample seating. A deep double bowl sink and task and accent lighting address culinary needs, while soapstone and marble countertops, handsome custom cabinetry, and pendant lights from The Urban Electric Co. over the expansive island give this room’s work space a generous sense of style.

Classic Kitchen Designed to Entertain

Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors

Construction by Wiley Homes, LLC

Photography by Julie Soefer Photography

These homeowners share a passion for cooking, which meant that their newly remodeled kitchen, part of a much larger, full-home renovation, had to be sensational. Architectural accents remain consistent throughout the home, and one continuous color was used from room to room for consistency and flow. The family adores the open, airy kitchen with their favorite design element — the massive island where they enjoy cooking and entertaining gatherings of friends and family. The island allows them to prepare and serve meals without sacrificing flow in other areas of the kitchen. A built-in bar near the kitchen’s entrance features glass windows to highlight the family’s crystal collection and boasts large pull-out shelves for keeping spirits and party accessories properly hidden but easily accessible. More custom cabinets feature pull-out drawers and shelves along with an integrated pantry and streamlined look.

Family heirlooms used throughout the home’s design serve to merge elements in a meaningful way. Although each space has its own sense of character, together they evoke a general sense of serenity. This kitchen is the perfect place to slow down and unwind.

 

“Contemporary Kitchen” by Meedi Hidalgo, Kuhl-Linscomb. Dishes and glassware are accessible at the coffee center and combination microwave/convection oven. The drawer units make full use of the storage cavity and are more easily accessible than a door cabinet. The kitchen provides plenty of room for multiple cooks, entertaining and lots of hidden storage. Custom, dark wood panels, a sleek hood and cooktop and contrasting countertops create a visually clean aesthetic.

“Contemporary Kitchen” by Meedi Hidalgo, Kuhl-Linscomb. Dishes and glassware are accessible at the coffee center and combination microwave/convection oven. The drawer units make full use of the storage cavity and are more easily accessible than a door cabinet. The kitchen provides plenty of room for multiple cooks, entertaining and lots of hidden storage. Custom, dark wood panels, a sleek hood and cooktop and contrasting countertops create a visually clean aesthetic.

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Contemporary Kitchen

Design by Meedi Hidalgo, ASID of Kuhl-Linscomb

Architecture by Mark Musemeche

Photography by Miro Dvorscak

These homeowners wanted a contemporary kitchen that would accommodate large gatherings with multiple chefs working in tandem. Serving as the hub of the home, the kitchen design responds to the needs of multiple congruent activities with its three bays. The vertical wall of black-brown oak provides a unifying backdrop and houses refrigeration and additional storage. The three-sided dark aluminum material on the islands reflects the dark wet stones of the pool situated beyond large glass doors.

Seen from many areas of the house as well as the gardens, the kitchen needed to be a showpiece for large gatherings and support the activities that come from having constant visitors. While the wife has a passion for cooking, meal preparation is often a communal undertaking. Accommodations for numerous large appliances, as well as sufficient storage, were important considerations. Thoughtful planning ensures an inviting, yet safe environment for contiguous activities. Placing appliances behind custom panels creates a visually clean and quiet background.

 

“Timeless Kitchen” by Meedi Hidalgo, Kuhl-Linscomb. This kitchen exudes timeless style with a bold mix of materials. Dark wood cabinets, shiny stainless steel, glass shelving, modern art, and dramatic lighting ensure appeal that transcends any particular design period. Book-matched granite from Walter Zanger provides a dramatic back drop to the bar area against stainless steel countertop and dark aluminum cabinet fronts. Large wine drawers provide ample storage and are easily accessible. Bulthaup kitchen systems include the countertops and wall panels from Kuhl-Linscomb. Appliances are Miele.

“Timeless Kitchen” by Meedi Hidalgo, Kuhl-Linscomb. This kitchen exudes timeless style with a bold mix of materials. Dark wood cabinets, shiny stainless steel, glass shelving, modern art, and dramatic lighting ensure appeal that transcends any particular design period. Book-matched granite from Walter Zanger provides a dramatic back drop to the bar area against stainless steel countertop and dark aluminum cabinet fronts. Large wine drawers provide ample storage and are easily accessible. Bulthaup kitchen systems include the countertops and wall panels from Kuhl-Linscomb. Appliances are Miele.

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Timeless Kitchen

Design by Meedi Hidalgo, ASID of Kuhl-Linscomb

Architecture by Dual Arquitectura

Photography by Miro Dvorscak

This homeowner wanted an environment that would transcend any particular decorative period and culture. A mix of materials crafted a solution that ensures timeless sophistication for the well-traveled person.

The original kitchen had three lines of cabinets, with a skinny sink island in the center. This made circulation between preparation, cooking, cleaning and serving cumbersome. Now these functions are combined into one large island, simplifying the circulation, and providing much-welcomed seating and added storage. Tall storage units and refrigeration are now at one end of the kitchen, allowing natural light in and creating a larger visual expanse.


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