Have you seen House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year? Designer Steven Miller was tapped to “reimagine” the kitchen and adjoining family room in a Presidio Heights estate where the 2014 San Francisco Decorator’s Showcase was held, and you won’t believe how different it looks now…
It’s like day and night, going from a casual white kitchen with butcher-block countertops and hardwood floors to a sleek, black room with “Ultra White” painted floors. What used to be a fairly simple and unassuming room now has glass herringbone tile on the backsplash and reflective wallpaper with mica shavings.
This photo from the KraftMaid website gives us a glimpse at what’s around the corner leading into the room:
I think it’s interesting that the Kitchen of the Year doesn’t have an island in it. They even removed the little peninsula the room used to have with bar seating.
Miller says he wanted the kitchen to look “Dark and sexy. Black makes you feel glamorous, and this kitchen is built for entertaining. It’s part of a series of rooms, including the family room and a deck, where you can listen to music and sip a cocktail and prepare an amazing meal.”
The ceiling is inset with a rock crystal light fixture, a collaboration with Christopher Boots. Designer Steven Miller says, “It really is a dramatic piece of functional art. And everybody likes a little sparkle.”
I was kind of surprised that there wasn’t a table or some sort of eating area in the kitchen or adjoining family room, unless there’s one we just aren’t seeing in these photos:
In an article about it on SF Curbed, they pronounce, “Chalkboard walls: OUT. Chainmail walls: IN.” The art on the wall was basically created by hanging chainmail on magnetic boards beside the bar:
Somehow I can’t imagine people replacing their chalkboards with chainmail any time soon… 😉
Like it? Check out the October 2014 issue of House Beautiful for all the photos and source information, as well as an interview with Steven Miller. (Photos by Patricia Chang, James Baigrie, and Nikki Ritcher.)
P.S. Remember when Jeff Lewis designed the Kitchen of the Year for HB?
It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago we were discussing his kitchen on my blog, so I was surprised when I looked it up and saw it was back in 2010. Time flies! Neither of the kitchens is really my style (I need color!), but it’s interesting to see what designers come up with when they’re asked to create their dream kitchen. What would yours look like?