2014 CTC&G Innovation in Design Winners: Kitchen

2014 IDA Winner Kitchen: MB Interiors

Winner: MB Interiors
An understated kitchen dons functional jewelry 

From the curb of Marybeth Wise’s traditional brick Georgian home, you wouldn’t expect its clean and modern interiors. The kitchen epitomizes her understated contemporary aesthetic, utilizing an open floor plan with a neutral palette of deep brown flooring, gray cabinetry and stainless hardware. “My idea was to have people walk in and be surprised,” the MB Interiors designer says. “I opted for modern, clean lines streamlined in hues of gray.”

Atlas Concorde porcelain floor tiles mimic the look and feel of wood. Stainless steel edging adds an element of contrast. Cement-colored Caesarstone tops the counters and large center island, housing two Bosch dishwashers, three Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers and two undermount stainless sinks. All appliances are stainless or covered with custom cabinetry by JEM Woodworking, topped with stainless steel hardware by Valli & Valli.

Dornbracht faucet sets, stainless backsplash and mirrored Ann Sacks tile in the butler’s pantry amplify light from the outdoors, while shimmery and playful light fixtures illuminate the space. “The kitchen opens up to our courtyard. I wanted to create reflections that would bring that light inside,” Wise explains. 

Beyond the sparkle, this kitchen packs plenty of functional punch. Taking advantage of 14-foot ceilings, Wise added a row of upper cabinetry in the kitchen and pantry, easily accessed by a rolling ladder and track. “The space is functional and open. With four kids and two dogs running around, I needed something minimalistic,” she admits.