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The owners of this brownstone home wanted a new kitchen with quality and style to match the other rooms of their richly detailed house. They wanted the kitchen to have a feeling of spaciousness beyond its 113 square feet, without expanding the room. They also desired a built-in refrigerator, a professional-style range, a second oven, a shelf for a microwave, and more storage and counter space.


The designers selected two antiqued and layered finishes on maple wood for the beaded inset cabinetry. The dark finish ties in with the homes original wainscoting and millwork. The light finish reduces the visual mass of the stove area and ventilation hood. The curve of the tall cabinetry tops is repeated in the barrel vaulted ceiling, adding a feeling a spaciousness.

second place

To add a perceived increase in kitchen space, the designers created a pass-through to the dining room. The arched-top cabinets with oval corner posts and arched moldings liven up the room. After meeting the clients requests for appliances, the designers added tall wall cabinets to provide increased storage space. Lazy susans, a can rack, a tall pullout and drawer dividers keep everything organized.

This kitchen earned a second-place award in the small kitchen category of the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2003 Design Competition

Designers: Daniel Lenner, CMKBD Morris Black Design Studio, Allentown, PA;  Madelane Shane, Atelier Design Studio, South Orange, NJ

Photography: Peter Leach

Products Used

Homestead Custom



Floor plan

Countertops Granite
  • Dacor microwave and oven
  • Wolf range
  • Bosch dishwasher
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator
  • Vent-A-Hood ventilation
Flooring Domco designer slate
  • Grohe faucet
  • Franke sink

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