GOLD 240-299 square feet: Stephanie Pohlman Designs

Why the judges love it: We love the balance of black and white in this kitchen built for this family’s lifestyle. The scale of the hood and pendants work well together.

Photography by Stephanie Pohlman


This stunning kitchen designed by Stephanie Pohlman blends modern and classic elements to make a bold statement. The goal for the project was to keep the design very bright and clean, so Pohlman chose a soft white finish for the upper cabinets. To create a contrast as well as the unique look her client was looking for, she chose a matte black subway tile backsplash with a black-and-white mosaic to accent. The accent tile is repeated in the beverage area under floating shelves. Both designer and homeowner fell in love with the natural wood stain on the lower cabinets and island. With large vaulted ceilings, the hood became a focal point in the large, open area. Framing and drywall, which tapers to the ceiling, achieve the dramatic height. The bottom of the hood is accented with the same stain as the island to pull the look together. Modern pendant lights flank the hood, drawing your eye up and around the kitchen. Classic elements like polished nickel fixtures, inset-style drawers and matte black hardware combine with the modern touches in the kitchen design.



Contractor: Benchmark Homes 

Interior Designer: Stephanie Pohlman Designs 

Tile: Henges 

Plumbing: Immerse Plumbing 

Lighting: Metro Lighting 

Window Treatments: Hilson 

Flooring: Henges