2018 Kitchens of the Year

These seven crave-worthy kitchens are a cut above the rest.

Edited by Melissa Mauzy


Platinum Winners
Gegg Design & Cabinetry, 300-400 square feet
Castle Design & Alspaugh Kitchen and Bath, 200-300 square feet
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath, Less than 200 square feet

Gold Winners
Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry & Jamieson Interior Design, More than 400 square feet
BaumHouse Design, 300-400 square feet
Castle Design, 200-300 square feet
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath, Less than 200 square feet

Meet the esteemed panel of 2018 Kitchens of the Year Judges
Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Jeannie Brendel, Brendel Architects
Jeannette “Jeannie” Brendel is a licensed architect in Missouri and Illinois.  She founded Brendel Architects, LLC in 1996 and has extensive design experience in various architectural genres.  The firm’s forte is residential and small commercial.  In 2010, she and her daughter, Brandy Pingsterhaus, formed Architecturally Designed Cabinetry Inc., in order to further assist clients with the design and function of the heart of the home.

Denise Deen, Detailed Designs, etc.
Denise Deen, certified kitchen and bath designer and owner of Detailed Designs, etc. has created amazing kitchens, baths and basements for 29 years. She obtained her B.S. in interior design from SIU Carbondale. Along with her wealth of knowledge on current trends and products, Denise focuses on each client’s wishes, gathered information and budget to create a unique space perfect for their lifestyle.

Laura Lee, Laura Lee Home
Photography by Emily Minton Redfield
Laura Lee Home is a boutique residential interior design firm specializing in full-service decorating projects as well as renovations and new construction. We take a fresh approach to classic design by expertly layering textures, colors and eras to create one-of-a-kind spaces that are pretty and polished. Our signature process to manage projects was developed based on Laura’s financial background and work with Price Waterhouse as a CPA. Laura Lee Home serves the St. Louis area as well as the southern United States. We are working on projects in Missouri, Texas and Florida.

Linda Thomas, Signature Kitchen & Bath
Linda Thomas is an interior designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Maryville University. Linda has been in the business since 1998 and loves working on projects both large and small. Linda started out working with new construction subdivision homes and then changed direction and joined the remodeling side. Linda prides herself on working closely with her clients to achieve the highest standards of design and craftsmanship.