2012 Kitchen of theYear Winners

This yearís best kitchens look open and airy, polished and pretty, and free-flowing. Each of our winners is meticulously tailored to the needs of its owners, with storage and function in places that werenít even supposed to be spaces. Go ahead and take cooking out of the equation; these rooms have a level of comfort and sophistication that rivals anywhere else in the house. These kitchens were designed for living.

Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio

Robin Pittman

Polished stainless steel, Calacatta Gold marble and mirror panels add sparkle to the kitchen of this glamorous young professional

Mirror panels reflect light from
the living room windows into the
kitchen. The tile backsplash
extends to the ceiling, making the
room appeartaller.

What was the first order of business?

Robin Pittman: To open up the space, we pulled back the existing walls between the cabinet and storage
area as far as we could.

What was your biggest challenge?
The home is in a high-rise, so we were limited in our construction. Basically, we couldnít move any existing
plumbing or electrical. So we concealed the plumbing from the sink wall behind paneling, behind the base
cabinets and counter cabinets.

When was the original kitchen built?
Probably when Reagan was in office. It was definitely time for an update.

What was the homeowner looking to accomplish with the new kitchen?
The homeowner is Jula Jane, a young successful businesswoman who travels a great deal for work. She
wanted a kitchen where she would feel comfortable entertaining friends and clients. She also wanted it
to reflect her personal style.

Whatís her style?
An updated, somewhat glamorous look suits her.

How did you achieve that?
The polished stainless steel hood with its banding detail adds a little sparkle, as do the three-sided
mirror panels.
Materials like the Calacatta Gold marble backsplash and counter- tops have a clean feel.

What are your secrets to making a small space look open and airy?
A light color palette makes a room feel bright and open, and the tile backsplash is taken to the ceiling,
which draws the eye upward so the ceiling seems higher. The three-sided mirrors on the cabinetry
reflect light from the living room windows and make the space seem larger.

So the mirrors work in a couple of ways.
Yes. They helped the space look bigger, hid the plumbing and added a touch of glamour.

Whereís the all-important refrigerator?
Itís hidden behind a panel to the left of the microwave. Again, we couldnít make any electrical changes,
so it is in the same place it was before. But we put in a 27-inch Sub-Zero thatís perfect for Jane since
she is single and travels a lot.

So she has plenty of storage space?
Yes, she has a ton of storage. The counter cabinetry helps by making room for the stainless hood.
She uses kidney corner pull-out shelving for pantry storage and the cabinet above the microwave
is storage, too.

Photographed by David Christensen. KITCHEN DESIGNER Robin Pittman, Design Galleria Kitchen &
Bath Studio.
351 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 234, Atlanta 30305. (404) 261-0111;
designgalleria.net COUNTERTOPS AND BACKSPLASH Calacatta Gold marble, fabricated/installed by Stone Professionals,
supplied by Renaissance Tile SINK Elkay through Ferguson Enterprieses FAUCET Dornbracht through
Ferguson FRIDGE Sub-Zero MICROWAVE, COOKTOP AND OVEN Wolf through Ferguson HOOD
Vent-a-Hood DISH DRAWERS Kitchenaid CABINETRY HARDWARE Matthew Quinn Collection