Thursday, July 19, 2012


2012 Kitchen of the Year

For the past five years, the team at House Beautiful has selected a world renowned designer and/or chef to create a magnificent kitchen which is displayed in the middle of NYC's Rockefeller Center. This year's kitchen was created by designer Mike De Guilio.

Simple yet elegant, this year's 1,000-square-foot dream kitchen serves up glittering tile, glass knobs, a bold sink, and a jaw-dropping butler's pantry.

In the 100 sq ft butler's pantry, De Giulio uses glass fronts for the upper cabinets and lined the insides with a mirror finish.  The cove ceiling has a vibrant blue Venetian plaster finish and gilded iron lights.  He carries the blue into the kitchen with an unexpected pop of color: a navy blue sink by Jonathan Adler.

De Giulio creatively mixes materials such as polished stainless steel on the appliances and shelving, glass on the light fixtures and door fronts, and natural wood on the floors and furnishings.

The metal and walnut cabinet, fashionable but functional, artfully holds pots and pans allowing easy access to all the kitchen necessities.

De Guilio lends an earthy feel to the eating area by placing mix-and-match chairs around a rustic wood table. A fireplace, television, and plush chairs make the space a cozy gathering spot for any active family.

De Giulio used varying sized pavers to create the terrace. The island is topped with a large bluestone slab and the base is covered in stainless steel to create a lighter look.

The kitchen is open to the public from July 16 through July 20 for perusing, cooking demonstrations, entertaining tips, and more. For more info on the Kitchen of the Year, click here.

Happy cooking...

Peace and Blessings,

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