Finalists Deliver Fabulous Designs

With the help of John O’Reilly, editorial services coordinator for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), who provided the photography and design descriptions, we’ve selected several kitchen and bath designs to showcase from the 2013 NKBA Design Competition finalists.

Compiled by Carina Calhoun

Medium Kitchen: Cheryl Kees Clendenon
In Detail Interiors, Pensacola, Fla., Co-Designer: Stacy Snowden
Island in the Sun
Here’s a perfect rendition of a contemporary twist on a classic beach cottage. This kitchen in a rental was designed for the easy navigation of a large number of guests. The island offers generous seating areas and plenty of counter space aptly crafted to serve multiple cooks. This open kitchen plan reflects the Gulf Coast color palette and creates a cheerful coastal atmosphere for guests to enjoy. High ceilings, balanced neutrals and pops of turquoise mirror the freshness of unobstructed water views from the adjacent living areas. White glass-front cabinets feature turquoise backs that keep plates and glasses in the limelight. The porcelain floors, black walnut counter section with prep sink, vibrant backsplash and aluminum swivel stools make the space a cool, modern beach retreat. Photo by Greg Riegler Photography

Small Bath: Leslie Lamarre, CKD, CID, CGBP
TRG Architects, Burlingame, Calif., Co-Designer: Erika Shjeflo, CID
Room to Grow An eight-year-old client can enjoy this grown-up refuge now and for many years to come. A built-in perch makes for a perfect nook to try on clothes and shoes, apply nail polish, or even send out a quick text. Framed stone mosaic circular medallions dress up the tub walls. The same pattern repeats at the face of the bench while circular sconces support the rhythmic pattern. A chunky marble chair rail molding frames the mirror and an elegant gray Roman shade mimics the dark gray accents of the stone tile. Ballerina-pink ribbon on the shades and the cabinetry’s turned wooden legs, bun feet and clear-glass handles add a decidedly feminine touch. Photo by Bernard André Photography

Powder Room: Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ\ASID
Lori Carroll & Associates, Tucson, Ariz.
Curve Appeal
This sensuous Tuscan-inspired powder room is a paradoxical blend of rustic and refined. The vitreous china sink inscribed with turtles, fish and intertwining sea serpents, hand-carved travertine pedestal, solid-bronze hanging sconces with hand-blown glass globes and the limestone slab floor give this room an earthy, yet elegant feel. A metal cantilever shelf partially frames the columned sink pedestal. Mosaic tile with elaborate rope trim contributes even more visual interest up against the faux painted decorative walls and dramatic ceiling. The soft lighting, adorned by Gothic hanging pendants and LED tape lights, leave the room with a warm and welcoming ambience in an unforgettable style. Photo by William Lesch

Small Kitchen: Mark T. White, CKD, CBD
Kitchen Encounters, Annapolis, MD
Simply Stylish
A complete change of scene from outdated oak cabinets, tile countertops and plain white appliances, this new European-inspired kitchen provides all the style and function the client had hoped for. Glass doors flanking the plate rack over the sink, custom-built hood, recessed niche and carved corbels make for beautiful focal points on the walls. Open shelving with detailed valances, cabinets with plenty of drawer space, diagonal lazy Susan corners and updated appliances add that touch of simple elegance. With muted tiles and light granite countertops pulling the space together with soft color tones, the kitchen is style and functionality at its very best. Photo by Phoenix Photographic

Powder Room: Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ\ASID
Lori Carroll & Associates, Tucson, Ariz., Co-Designer: Mary Roles
Getting to the Point
Dramatically curved quartz slab top with a six-inch custom Alder wooden apron comes to a point, giving this Southwest bath a personality of its own while showcasing the twin copper sinks and bronze fixtures. The same shape is echoed in the sculptural open shelving. Rustic textures and neutral colors underscore the earthiness of this powder room. Frosted-glass tiles and shimmering specialty finishes add depth, richness and a soothing sense of calm. The artful mix of wood and stone brings warmth to the space. Simple yet dramatic lighting is achieved by the creative use of LED ropes concealed under the counter and ceiling soffit. Brilliant hanging pendants put sguests in the best light possible. Photo by Jon Mancuso Photography

Small Kitchen: Jonas Carnemark, CKD
Carnemark, Bethesda, MD
Ready to Retire
With their move to a retirement community, the clients wanted built-in flair and function for years to come. This kitchen, a medley of modern amenities and tasteful classic design, features stainless appliances, gray flat-panel cabinetry with sleek long handles, thin slate counters and a splash of color in painted-glass backsplash that pops against a neutral palette. An apartmentsized speed oven, reduced-height counter, bottom freezer for long-term accessibility, a tall pullout pantry, wall-mounted fold-down cutting board and a double banquette, among other features, afford all-time ease of storage and accessibility. The space is roomy, well-lit and purposefully designed to serve within reach. Photo by Anice Hoachlander

Small Bath: Terence Tung, CKD
Kitchen Craft Cabinetry, Newcastle, Wash.
Co-Designer: Joseph Irons, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP
Mosaics Meet their Match
The myriad patterns and materials in this bathroom intertwine in seamless luxury, creating visual excitement and openness. The focal point is the wall, covered with multicolored mosaic tiles. The hutch cabinets lined up with the existing window provide plenty of storage as well as a sense of being architecturally integrated with the space. The stepped tile pattern on the shower wall creates a dynamic effect, drawing interest to the bathroom, yet giving a sense of closure, as the mosaic lands on the floor. Photo by Tom Redner

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