At more than 150 years old, this Brooklyn town house was a ruin when the architect and her clients found it. Now it's a stunning home designed with a growing family and hosting in mind.
“They knew they wanted a big kitchen where all of their friends could stand around and be involved in the cooking process,” architect Elizabeth Roberts said of the owners. Exposed beams stripe a ceiling above Wood Mode cabinets painted Newport Green by Benjamin Moore.
Space Architects + Planners overhauled a Chicago apartment in the iconic Marina City Towers to prioritize views of the city. Its all-new eat-in kitchen has an island with a Silestone quartz surface, comfortably seating six. To free up even more living space, an entertainment center is integrated into the back wall, adjacent to a seating nook. The unit has virtually no right angles, and the spread of furniture is equally freeform. Brightness, neutral colors, inset lighting, and open circulation combat ceiling height—a mere eight feet.
Mitchell Holladay Architects completely renovated this Oakland home's first floor, reimagining its kitchen, deck, and dining room for a family of three that loves to host. A first priority for the kitchen was sunlight: to maximize exposure, Mitchell Holladay Architects demolished as many walls as possible without compromising the home's structural integrity. LEM Piston stools by Shin and Tomoko Azumi from Design Within Reach flank a custom walnut kitchen island; sculptural hand-blown glass pendants from John Pomp Studios hang overhead.
The residents have a particularly strong sense of color and love to cook with their son, so no-fuss finishes likes these blue tiles from Heath Ceramics were an ideal choice. The tiles combine with colorful tableware and custom walnut cabinetry to make a vibrant inteiror.
This striking Brooklyn loft renovation features a living/dining/cooking space as its social center. The architect designed cabinet walls as a unifying visual feature that anchors the two rooms and provides practical storage space.
The apartment's careful coordination of neutral hues continues in the kitchen, where the gray and white marble backsplash, lit with faint orange lights, mediates between the ashen column and ochre cabinets.
In the kitchen of this renovated 1959 Portland gem, interior designer Emily Knudsen Leland replaced purple laminate cabinets with flat-sawn eastern walnut, and added PentalQuartz countertops in polished Super White for contrast. The cooktop and oven are from Miele. The island features its original red tiles. Hanging cabinets were also removed to maximize light and family-room views.
A Bucks County, Pennsylvania, overhaul by interior designer Danny Seo relies on American-made goods to forge its identity. He replaced the wood cabinets of his kitchen with stainless-steel models. As a professional photo stylist, he needed to accommodate a vast collection of kitchen items, such as multiples of plates, wooden bowls, and utensils.
“I didn’t want marble or granite because they aren’t sustainable,” says Seo. “Laminate is one of the few surfaces recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council toward LEED certification. Plus it’s affordable and I liked the way it looked—a triple whammy.”