2014 Chrysalis Award for Best Kitchen $75,000 to $100,000

This project has won the following awards:

  • 2014 Chrysalis Award for Best Kitchen $75,000 to $100,000
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 3rd Place 2014 Kitchen

Project Summary

For a couple at retirement age who love to entertain their colleagues and family, the kitchen in their historical home was lacking in functionality and space. Over 90 years old, their home is in the Kensington District of San Diego, surrounded by other historic homes with a Spanish design influence. The couple wanted to significantly transform their kitchen while honoring the character of their home. The new design starts with a bold black hood above a large white peninsula as a focal point. The black and white theme is repeated throughout the room, particularly in the concrete backsplash. Typical for an older home, this area was separated into three rooms with walls and doors. The kitchen is now open to the dining room and family room after the removal of two walls. Natural light and circulation now infuse the area with a bright sense of energy. The classic design blends hints of European charm with a modern sensibility and retains its sense of place in historic surroundings. The clients are thrilled with their new open space, which easily welcomes gatherings large and small into an area designed with bold elements and subtle details for a truly uncommon experience.