Traditional Kitchen | Honorable Mention

Entry: "Observatory Kitchen"

Designer: Abby Maile

Dealership: Maile, Tekulve & Gray

Door Style: Sterling Inset

Species: Paint Grade

Finish: Soft Cream

Sheen: Satin

Specialty Finish: Walnut Glaze


The homeowners wanted to open up the first floor without losing any of the old charm of their Tudor style home.

The homeowners were big on symmetry, but also wanted their kitchen to be extremely functional. The design team wanted to open up the kitchen to the living room as much as possible, which is always a challenge in older homes.

Everything started to work around the new arched opening from the foyer to the kitchen, which the team centered on the existing windows above the sink. The team left the same spacing between the opening and the island and the opening and the pantry cabinets.

The homeowners love how their new kitchen functions for every day use as well as for larger gatherings.

The team likes how the appliances are integrated in the design. The flush inset refrigerator and dishwasher panels as well as the minimalist cooktop design enabled the team to maintain the character and traditional style.

The homeowners were very detail oriented, which led the team to some very creative ideas for storage and cabinetry design, especially in the pantry wall.


Thank you for including the before and after floorplans! You did a great job recreating this space.

Old homes are hard to open up, but you accomplished this well! You did a great job with the appliance panels, as well as keeping them perfectly symmetrical on the sink section, beautifully done!

The flow of this kitchen works much better after the remodel, as well as opened the space with purpose and belonging.


The kitchen is beautiful and fits nicely with the style of home.

Really did a good job opening up that small kitchen space, and did an incredible job with the storage space shown.

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