Trends Publishing Top 50 American Kitchen Design Award for 2013 – 2014

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Designed for a professional chef and her family by Janice Teague, CKD, CBD of Drury Design, this Aurora, Illinois kitchen is one of Trends Magazine’s top 50 American Kitchens for 2013/14 and was also the first place winner in NKBA Chicago’s Midwest 2013 Design Visions competition. Gail Drury, CMKBD also won a Trends top 50 American Kitchen award for a transitional kitchen in Hinsdale, Illinois in 2013.

Congrats go out to Janice Teague, CKD, CBD, of Drury Design in Glen Ellyn on designing one of Trends Magazine’s TOP 50 AMERICAN KITCHENS 2013-14.

Designed for a professional chef and her family, this fresh transitional kitchen took first place in NKBA Chicago’s 2013 Midwest Design Visions contest.

Traditional Kitchen Design with Tile Backsplash

The double award-winning kitchen serves multiple purposes, including hosting intimate cooking classes as well as large groups of people. Janice was challenged to design the space to include large counter work surfaces, a student observation center, and room for additional appliances – all in a way that feels like a home, not a commercial kitchen. For more project details, visit Drury Design’s kitchen and bath news blog.

Trends Top 50 US projects are chosen on the basis of excellence in design, function, product specification and style.

“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 is featured on myTRENDS as well as in the Trends Top 50 US program through various online and offline media.

Fresh Transitional Kitchen Design Details

Achieving multiple objectives required a major rework of the existing space.

The owner, a professional chef, required a classroom setting to hold cooking classes for small groups of people. In addition, the owners entertain frequently. A flexible gathering space with fluid traffic flow and a full bar was essential.

Janice says the client had a very definitive idea of the style for her kitchen. “The inspiration for the layout and materials began by having a clear understanding of the owner’s aesthetic, necessities, and wishes. From that point, it was a matter of combining the client’s vision with my industry knowledge and experience.”

The kitchen has simple lines, the colors are soft and welcoming, and the space functions beautifully for the owner/chef. Details such as glass cabinets, granite counter tops, and distinctive lighting add special touches that complement the owner’s aesthetic.

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