Celebrating A Decade of Making Kitchen and Bath Design News

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Celebrating A Decade of Making Kitchen and Bath Design News

Looking back as we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we rounded up a collection of ten years of news. Here’s our highlight reel.

Celebrating A Decade of Making Kitchen and Bath Design News

Kitchen Sweet Kitchen: Drury Design Celebrates 20 Years of Custom Kitchen Design

April 2, 2007

Gail Drury, an award-winning custom kitchen and bath designer and owner of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio, celebrates 30 years of client-focused custom kitchen design in Chicago and 20 years as an entrepreneur. The studio’s online gallery features dozens of custom kitchen designs images.

Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio’s success is built on Gail Drury’s belief that kitchen design is a client-driven process. Each client-designer relationship is supported by a team, giving the designer the freedom to focus on each client’s individual custom kitchen design project.

In the past ten years, 19 Drury Design projects have gone on to become National Kitchen and Bath Association Design Vision award-winners. Over the years, the studio’s projects have appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Country Home, Chicago Home and Garden, Dream Kitchens, HGTV, Kitchen and Bath Business, Kitchen and Bath Custom Planner, Kitchen and Bath Design News, Qualified Remodeler, Shelter and Women’s Day.

“We don’t just sell cabinetry. We sell designs that incorporate fine furniture that adds to our clients’ lifestyles,” said Gail Drury, an award-winning kitchen designer, and owner of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio Wins NKBA Awards for Trend-Setting Suburban Home Kitchen Projects

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July 11, 2007

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One kitchen and bath studio in Illinois, Drury Design, recently brought home two National Kitchen & Bath Association [NKBA] design awards for projects in Chicago’s western suburbs. In business since 1987 and located in downtown Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the studio won second place out of over 100 entries in the Medium Kitchen category and honorable mention in the Other Rooms category for a dramatic butler’s pantry.

Kitchen Design-Remodel Project Wins NIHBA Gold Award

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December 11, 2007

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Three Chicago-area design firms recently won a 2007 ICON Gold Award: Glen Ellyn Homes, Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio, and Reddington Designs. Presented by the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association [NIHBA], the three ICON winners in the kitchen category worked together to complete a complicated project in 100 days.

NKBA Showroom Award: Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio’s English Pub

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April 24, 2008

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A cozy English pub stocked with commercial barware took second place in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2008 Design Competition. Designed by Gail Drury, CMKBD for Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio, the winning display doubles as the studio’s fund-raising event entertainment center. In 2007, the studio won second place out of over 100 entries in the Medium Kitchen category and honorable mention in the Other Rooms category.

Gail Drury, CMKBD, Wins Second National Kitchen Design Showroom Award

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May 9, 2008

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Two of Gail Drury’s kitchen design showroom displays are national winners. Drury’s English pub display recently took second place in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2008 Design Competition. A certified master kitchen and bath designer (CMKBD) and president of Drury Design Kitchen & Studio in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Drury founded her company in 1987 and won her first NKBA kitchen design showroom award in 1998. In all, the studio’s portfolio encompasses over 20 NKBA award-winning projects. Gail Drury founded her business in 1977 and opened her studio in 1987.

Drury Design Receives Seven NKBA Design Vision Awards for Kitchen and Bath Projects

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October 1, 2008

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Ranging from an entire house down to a diminutive bath, seven Drury Design projects recently received 2008 NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) Design Vision awards.

Award-winning Kitchen and Bath Designers
Congratulations go out to four Drury Designers who received thirteen total awards, including six honorable mentions.

NKBA Large Kitchen: First, Second, Third, Two Honorable Mentions

NKBA Medium Kitchen: Honorable Mention

NKBA Small Kitchen: Third

NKBA Large Bath: Second, Third, Honorable Mention

NKBA Small Bath: Second, Honorable Mention

NKBA Other Rooms: Honorable Mention

“We’re accepting these awards on behalf of our clients,” said Gail Drury, president of Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio. “Without their trust, vision, and imagination, these projects would never be realized.”

Chicago Kitchen Design Studio Opens Online Newsroom-Showroom

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December 19, 2008

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Drury Design, a Chicago area kitchen and bath design studio, is opening up a new interactive showroom. After publishing a printed “Design Guide” since 2005, the studio recently launched an online newsroom and a client gallery for media, journalists and kitchen design lovers.

Drury Designer a Winner in Local Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest

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March 5, 2010

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Drury Design Studio wins the Sub-Zero and Wolf 2008-2009 Kitchen Design Contest’s [KDC] local award. Designed for a client’s home in Glen Ellyn, the winning kitchen design will be featured in the July issue of Chicago Home + Garden. Drury Design is a Chicago area Sub-Zero and Wolf dealer. The 2008/2009 KDC competition drew over 1400 national entrants. Sub-Zero and Wolf’s regional distributor hosted the local and regional KDC awards ceremony at their Glendale Heights showroom.

“It is always a pleasure working with Drury Design. Not only for their outstanding kitchen designs, but their attention to detail is not compromised – the same philosophy of Sub-Zero and Wolf,” said Dan Heyn, President of the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom.

Glen Ellyn Kitchen Walk Features NKBA and Regional Wolf SubZero Design Winner

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September 3, 2010

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Serving up a visual and epicurean feast for kitchen design and gourmet appetites alike, the 2010 Glen Ellyn Kitchen Walk returns on October 1. The 2010 collection presents eight eclectic kitchens, including a double award-winning kitchen by Drury Design. After touring the kitchens, ticket holders are invited to gather at a gourmet reception hosted by the event’s presenting sponsor, Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio, located at 512 N. Main Street in downtown Glen Ellyn.

 “The Glen Ellyn Kitchen Walk is so important to the families served by Bridge Communities and will provide the funding needed to house a homeless family for one year. We are deeply grateful.” Joyce Hothan, Executive Director of Bridge Communities

Drury Design Projects Recognized at Chicago Midwest Kitchen and Bath Design Awards

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November 24, 2010

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From breezy Bermuda to upscale Naperville to chic Hinsdale to classic Glen Ellyn, an array of Drury Design’s client projects won 2010 National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Chicago Midwest Design Vision Awards. “It’s such an honor for us to share these awards with our clients and collaborators. Their inspiration and vision contributed to making these projects come alive,” said Gail Drury, certified master kitchen and bath designer (CMKBD) and Drury Design’s CEO.

Award-winning Kitchen and Bath Designers Partner with Architects, Home Builders, and Interior Designers

Drury Design’s team won six awards and an honorable mention in the 2010 National Kitchen and Bath Association of Illinois’ Midwest Design Visions Awards Competition.

NKBA Large Bath: First

NKBA Large Kitchen: Second Place

NKBA Medium Kitchen: Second Place

NKBA Small Kitchen: Third Place

NKBA Large Bath: Honorable Mention

NKBA Small Bath: Second Place

Other Room: Third Place

Gail Drury, CMKBD, won first place in the large bath category. Mrs. Drury shares the award with the homeowner and design partner, Marilyn Akins, ASID.

Ordinary to Extraordinary Trends in Luxury Townhome Transformations

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February 25, 2011

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What’s a homebuyer to do when they know what they want, but it doesn’t exist? Jon and Kris Hunt had the location, a wish list and experience with major renovation projects. So, when the time came to transition from their family-size homestead into a cozy townhome, they called in Glen Ellyn Homes to transform an ordinary townhome unit into an extraordinary custom-built luxury retreat. Drury Design fulfilled the client’s custom kitchen and bath wish lists.

Boomers preparing to move into smaller spaces may be in for a surprise, says a couple who invested in two transformational townhome makeovers. Going down to the studs to get what you want takes courage, vision and confidence in a team say the Hunts who chose Glen Ellyn Homes as their general contractor and Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio as their contractors.

Best in Midwest Kitchen and Bath Design Goes to Drury Design

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December 22, 2011

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Old is new again – and award-winning at that. With more homeowners choosing to invest in their old house, the remodeling market is on the upswing. If you’re looking for the most beautiful kitchen and bath designs in the Midwest, here they are. Sweeping the 2011 National Kitchen and Bath Association [NKBA] Midwest Design Vision awards, Drury Design took best of show and 10 other awards for client projects in Elmhurst, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Lisle, Geneva, Bloomingdale and Wheaton, Illinois. “Winning 11 awards is quite an honor. But more than that, the wins recognize our client’s vision to modernize their homes and progress their lifestyle with a signature design,” said Gail Drury, certified master kitchen and bath designer (CMKBD) and Drury Design’s CEO.

Drury Design Wins 11 2011 NKBA Midwest Design Vision Awards

NKBA: Best Of Show

NKBA Large Kitchen: First, Second, Third

Medium Kitchen: First, Third

Large Bath: First, Second, Third

Honorable Mention: Two in the Kitchen Category

Drury Design Celebrates 25 Years of Remarkable Kitchen and Bath Design

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April 9, 2012

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Twenty-five years and over 1,000 projects later, Drury Design is recognized as one of the leading kitchen and bath design studios in the Midwest. In May, Drury Design will unveil a future-forward new modern transitional kitchen display.

“The evolution of the kitchen has been dramatic over the past 25 years, especially in terms of design styles, product options and functionality. However, there has been one constant – the good fortune of working with great clients,” Gail Drury, CMKBD

Top 50 American Kitchen Design Trends Award Goes to Drury Design and Janie Petkus Interiors

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January 18, 2013

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One of Trends Magazine’s Top 50 American kitchen designs for 2012-2013 is located in Chicago’s western suburbs. One of only two Illinois projects to be selected for inclusion in “Trends Top 50 Kitchens,” the project is a multi-room remodel for a Burr Ridge homeowner.

Designed by Gail Drury of Drury Design in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and Janie Petkus of Petkus in Hinsdale, Illinois, the kitchen project is integral to the home’s multi-room remodel transformation; to read more about this award-winning transitional kitchen design project, visit https://www.drurydesigns.com/blog/top-50-american-kitchen-design-details/.

“An eye-catching element within a design can set the scene for a project. Textures, materials and even the architecture of the entire space can take their cue from a strong centerpiece.” Charles Moxham, Trends Magazine

The Trends selection panel identifies the Trends Top 50 American Kitchens based on criteria of excellence in design, function, product specification and style.

Drury Design Wins Two 2013 National Kitchen and Bath Association Design Awards

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May 2, 2013

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The 2013 NKBA Design Contest results are in! After judging over 400+ kitchen and bath design projects from the U.S. and Canada, a panel of National Kitchen and Bath Association [NKBA], industry experts selected two Drury Design client projects as winners in the Before and After Bath and Large Kitchen categories.

A luxurious natural spa won the before and after bath design competition. An Arts and Crafts kitchen in a Chicago loft inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh won third place in the large kitchen design category. Since 1998, Drury Design has received over 50 NKBA kitchen and bath design awards. Founded by Gail Drury, CMKBD in 1987, Drury Design was also recently recognized as one of Trends Top 50 American design studios.

“We take great pride in announcing to the public the topnotch kitchen and bath designers that our industry has to offer,” said 2013 NKBA President John K. Morgan in an NKBA 2013 Design Competition Winners press release. “Hundreds of entries are received every year, and our designer members continue to impress. The competition this year boasted of innovative concepts, creative expressions and cutting-edge designs.”

Drury Design Kitchen Remodeling Project Featured in Glen Ellyn Kitchen Walk

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September 19, 2013

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An annual tradition for kitchen design fans and gourmet food lovers, the 2013 Glen Ellyn Kitchen Walk takes place on October 11. Featuring six stunning kitchens, the event is organized by Baird & Warner to benefit Bridge Communities with Drury Design Kitchen and Bath, located at 512 N. Main, as the presenting sponsor and gourmet reception host. “It’s always an honor to have a homeowner open their home for hundreds of people to enjoy. The Glen Ellyn Kitchen Walk is a tradition the whole town looks forward to and it’s a fantastic way to benefit Bridge Communities,” said Gail Drury, CMKBD.

Drury Design Team Wins Three NKBA Chicago Kitchen Design Vision Awards

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November 1, 2013

Drury Design Team Wins Three NKBA Chicago Kitchen Design Vision Awards

Three Drury Design kitchen design projects received 2013 NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) Chicago Design Vision awards: two in the large kitchen category and one in the medium kitchen category. Based in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Drury Design is a full-service kitchen, bath and interior design firm specializing in designer kitchen and baths with clients throughout the Chicago area.

“It is an honor to be recognized by our peers. Winning NKBA awards reminds us of how important our clients are to these successes. Without our clients and their vision none of this would be possible. ~ Jim Drury, vice president, Drury Design

NKBA Large Kitchen: First and Third

NKBA Medium Kitchen: First

Trends Publishing Top 50 American Kitchen Award for 2013 – 2014 Goes to Drury Design Transitional Kitchen Design

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April 10, 2014

Trends Publishing Top 50 American Kitchen Award for 2013 – 2014 Goes to Drury Design Transitional Kitchen Design

Designed for a professional chef and her family, a Drury Design kitchen is one of Trends Magazine’s top 50 American Kitchens for 2013/14. The award-winning fresh transitional kitchen won first-place in NKBA Chicago’s Midwest 2013 Design Visions competition. Gail Drury, CMKBD won a Trends top 50 American Kitchen award for a transitional kitchen in Hinsdale, Illinois in 2013.

Part of a complete first floor renovation to modernize and open up spaces for an active family and a two-cook couple, including one professional cook, this Aurora, IL kitchen remodel fit the bill.

“One of the biggest trends in US kitchen design has been the evolution of a transitional style – a look that can be described as warm contemporary or refined traditional. This kitchen is a great example of this style. It’s designed to feel comfortable, but without the distraction of over-ornamentation. The design also turned an awkward layout with a small cooking area into a space that is functional and can cater to cooking classes being held by the chef owner,” says Paul Taylor editorial director, Trends Magazine

Dubbed the “Chef’s Domain” by Trends Publishing, the project will be featured on myTRENDS as well as in the Trends Top 50 US program through various online and offline media.

2015 NKBA KBIS Best of Show Goes to Spicy Contemporary Chicago Kitchen by Drury Design

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February 6, 2015

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Inspired by world travels, America’s most beautiful kitchen design lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Designed by Drury Design, the kitchen’s rich eclectic look realized the vision of world travelers who call Chicago home. The Moorish Contemporary design was honored with two awards: Best of Show and first place in large kitchen category at the 2015 National Kitchen and Bath Association [NKBA] Design Competition Awards during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show [KBIS] in Las Vegas.

This eclectic kitchen, housing many focal points and contrasting textures, serves as a functional, multifaceted space for the busy city family.

Accented with antiques from Morocco, the design reflects the homeowners’ love of all things international. A stunning antique Moroccan door purchased on a past trip to Marrakesh provided inspiration, not only for styling but also for color, texture and pattern that was repeated throughout the final design.

Called “The Moroccan Marvel” by NKBA, this double award-winning kitchen remodel is on the cover of the NKBA’s “2015 Best Kitchen and Bath” KBIS issue. The NBKA describes the best of show winner, “This eclectic kitchen, housing many focal points and contrasting textures, serves as a functional, multifaceted space for the busy city family.”

Wilmette Kitchen Remodel Wins ASID Interior Design Award

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January 26, 2016

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Ginny Blasco, ASID and Gail Drury, CMKBD combined talents to create an award-winning artistic kitchen design, which took the American Society of Interior Design’s [ASID] Illinois Excellence Award in the kitchen category. This project is the team’s third ASID award—in 2014, a multi-cook kitchen remodel in Burr Ridge and a reimagined rec room in Glen Ellyn each won ASID Illinois Excellence Awards.

Gail Drury, CMKBD remarked, “Because we are competing against some of the top interior designers in the country, winning the ASID award is an important achievement. We are honored to be considered as part of this esteemed group of interior designers.”

The project included adding a new conservatory space, which afforded the opportunity to renovate the kitchen and expand the existing floor plan. The family of five, with three children under the age of 17, entertains weekly and cooks together almost every day.

Drury Design Unveils Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry Kitchen

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April 12, 2015

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There’s a glorious new transitional kitchen in town. Imagined by the Drury Design team and crafted in Pennsylvania by Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry, the intriguingly innovative design will be unveiled on April 29. Drury Design invites the community to attend an open house from 6:00-9:00 pm at the studio, located at 512 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn.

 “We’ve admired Rutt’s work for many years. We’re excited to announce our partnership with one of the most highly regarded cabinetry makers in America.” Gail Drury, CMKBD, and President of Drury Design

With a theme of “A Celebration of All Things Taste,” the evening will feature creative flavors by Sub-Zero and Wolf‘s corporate chef. The new display features a Wolf range and an integrated full-size Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Scott Stultz, an accomplished artist, and creator of the Ruskin series for Rutt Cabinetry, will be on hand to answer questions about the architectural influences and accouterments that define the display’s distinctive look.

Drury Design Kitchen Wins Best in Show at NKBA Chicago Midwest Design Vision Awards

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November 15, 2016

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The Drury Design team swept the 2016 NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) Chicago Midwest Chapter Design Vision Awards, winning eight honors including Best in Show and Most Dramatic Makeover. Drury Design’s studio is a nationally recognized home and kitchen design center with over 2,000 completed projects, hundreds of client references, dozens of design awards, and a multitude of regional and national press accolades.

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“What you can’t see from the photos, though, is how wonderfully these bath and kitchen designs work for our clients. It’s our goal to create a winning partnership from day one.” Gail Drury, CMKBD, President, and Creative Director, Drury Design

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Chicago Kitchen Designers Award List

– NKBA Best in Show / Edmund L. Zelinski Award | Western Springs home remodeling project
– NKBA Most Dramatic Makeover, chosen by Modern Luxury/CS Interiors | Glen Ellyn home remodeling project
– NKBA First Place Professional Design Award Large Kitchen | Hinsdale home remodeling project
– NKBA First Place Professional Design Award Medium Kitchen | Western Springs home remodeling project

– NKBA Before & After Professional Design Award Large Kitchen | Glen Ellyn home remodeling project
– NKBA Before & After Professional Design Award Medium Kitchen | Western Springs home remodeling project
– NKBA Third Place Professional Design Award Large Kitchen |  Glen Ellyn home remodeling project
– NKBA Third Place Professional Design Award Large Bathroom | Hinsdale home remodeling project

Drury Design Team Welcomes Luxury Kitchen and Bath Designer Linda Larisch CMKBD

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April 25, 2017

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To meet the growing demand for luxury home remodeling projects in the Chicago area, Drury Design is expanding its team. Linda Larisch CMKBD, a recognized industry leader, joins the award-winning studio as a senior designer.

Linda’s client projects are featured in Luxe, CS Interiors, Chicago Home and Garden, and Kitchen and Bath Design News. NKBA’s Chicago Midwest Chapter has honored Linda’s client projects with many awards including “Best of the Best” first place large kitchen.