The 10 top kitchens of 2012
A horse stable turned kitchen
Designers used a modern mix of materials: an antique hutch paired with a glass backsplash; an Ikea kitchen with a show-stopping chandelier. However it was designed, this year's style is warm, welcoming, and inviting.
Designer Mick De Giulio repurposed three horse stalls in this old, Lake Forest, Illinois, barn into a pantry, cooking area, and cleanup section. "We just worked with what was there and had fun with it," he says
Cool minimalism meets cozy rustic
A tri-colored kitchen
Designer Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea tricked out a New York, New York, kitchen with gleaming metal cabinets – in white as shown here – as well as green and red.
A family-friendly kitchen
Nicole Hough's meticulously organized kitchen in Ridgewood, New Jersey makes everything easy and fun for a family of enthusiastic cooks.
Bing: Kitchen essentials
"It drives me crazy to be digging around looking for something when I'm cooking," she says.
A new kitchen with a warm patina
Designer Samantha Lyman offset new cabinetry with vintage lights from a Dutch ship, an antique armoire, and a glass backsplash.
"I love classics, but I'm always asking 'What's the twist? What's the cheeky element that gets your attention?' "
A tiny, studio-apartment kitchen
A gracious and airy kitchen
Mary Jo Bochner's 100-year-old house finally got the kitchen it deserved with new Ikea cabinets, a rescued farm table, and a chandelier the size of a hot-air balloon.
A sun-baked yellow kitchen
Judith Espinar choose a happy yellow color as a backdrop to the pottery collection she displays in her kitchen, a traditional adobe space that was renovated by Jim DeVille and Scott Robey.
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The kitchen of the year
It's a kitchen you'll never want to leave. Mick De Giulio's design included a butler's pantry with glass shelves, mirrored paneling, and a painted ceiling.
A humble but homey kitchen
Simple green cabinets and an old pine farm table chosen by designer Young Huh recapture the spirit of her client's childhood kitchen. "There's a humbleness to everything, but also an elegance in the attention to detail and the quality of the materials," she says.
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