Kitchen Innovator Winners
Our IDA winners have been announced! Discover who our judges picked for best in Kitchen!
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Tall Order (left) Along the sink wall, ceiling-high glass-front cabinets elongate the room’s vertical lines. Countertops and backsplash are Afyon Sugar Select through Paul’s Marble. Faucets are Lefroy Brooks. Barstools are from Design Within Reach. Light as a Feather (above right) Seeming to float in the air, stainless-steel shelves flank the Wolf range. Hidden Charms (below right) A narrow cabinet next to the desk space hides a corkboard. A Saarinen-inspired kitchen table by Julian Chichester boasts a polished nickel base. photographs by willie cole
Time-honored elements are overlaid with a fresh, crisp design
Approached by a childhood friend for a total kitchen redesign, Katherine Hodge of Sage Design was thrilled to discover that the homeowners had very strong opinions and shared an aesthetic similar to her own. A clean-lined design would complement their classic Greenfield Hill Colonial while taking the whole house in the more contemporary direction that they desired. “They were willing to take chances and move beyond the typical Connecticut aesthetic,” says Hodge. “A big challenge was finding the right balance in details and materials so that it would feel warm and comfortable, yet serene.”
Along the sink wall, glass-front cabinets with dark painted backs go up to the ceiling, elongating vertical lines and making the ceilings seem higher. Flanking the stove, open stainless-steel shelves seem to float in the air against an Afyon Sugar Select stone backsplash. An expansive island provides plenty of food-prep space for this family that loves to cook together and gather in the kitchen. The sleek look is carried into a desk space with a white back-painted glass counter and built-in shelves, which “looks very cool and buttoned-up,” notes Hodge. “I strive for a kitchen that feels warm but has clean lines.” Storage, one of the homeowners’ top priorities, is provided in a roomy pantry, reminiscent of a general store, located beside the refrigerator. Gray oak floors with a matte patina provide continuity with the home’s restful color palette and complement the powerful simplicity of this design.
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