2020 Designers of the Year: Kitchens $100,000 & Above

Winner: Donna Hoffman, Interiors by Donna Hoffman

The challenge was the client’s directive: “Not another white kitchen.” They wanted something fresh, yet signature that danced within a bright, rustic glam vibe, while hiding clutter and serving multiple cooks. 

Custom soft gray perimeter cabinetry is offset by twin ebony-stained islands. White Cambria counters provide hard-working surfaces along the perimeter while classic Carrera marble adds a luxe touch on the islands. The stone backsplash provides textured nuance and its delicately scaled size brings a refreshing note within the expansive space. Blingy light fixtures and sleek teal counter stools create wonderful top notes. 

Tricked out features abound to include a concealed TV above the cooktop and placed behind the herringbone salvage art piece, which opens via remote control. Twin subzero refrigerators are hidden behind custom mirrored doors. Vertical sliding spice racks conceal spices. Additional twin baking ovens and twin pop-up stand mixer stations are concealed within the two islands. A handsome pantry boasts a custom door, split finish interior millwork, rolling ladder and brushed silver strap-work. 

The breakfast nook boasts two built-in bars and the requested elegance of a 2nd dining area. The juxtaposition in this kitchen and breakfast room is a strategically choreographed dance between elements both sophisticated and rustic.

1st Runner Up: Jeanne Campana, Jeanne Campana Design

The homeowners purchased their home 15 years ago as a new build with a growing family in mind. They are now a family of six and the original dark, builder grade kitchen layout no longer functioned correctly for the needs of their large family. A breast cancer survivor and a mom to a son with severe life-threatening food allergies, Jeanne Campana's client spends most of her day preparing and cooking fresh organic meals. 

The project scope included extending the existing floor plan 10 feet towards the back of her house to provide additional space with plenty of windows to maximize the kitchen’s natural light and provide a clear view of their spacious backyard. The designer wanted to afford them with top of the line appliances for low maintenance and easy cleaning and they were installed to give the homeowners all the amenities of modern day cooking.

 Creating a family friendly space was key in this renovation. We added soft close doors and drawers in the kitchen with plenty of storage while remaining aesthetically classic in bright white hues mixed with black, gray and silver accents. The lighter color scheme was a must, with light gray walls and white cabinets, making the now open-concept kitchen feel even more spacious. The lighting was upgraded to include dimmable lights in the ceiling, undercabinet lighting for tasks areas and modern glass pendants over the island provide layered lighting throughout. This kitchen now functions beautifully for both parents and children alike.


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