Category 1 Gold Winner: Chelsea Design

Why the judges love it: The designer packed a lot in this small space. The stone selection and direction are spectacular!

Photography by Alise O’Brien.


The original kitchen in this 1913 home was secluded from the rest of the house and separated by an unnecessary staircase and bathroom. The goal for the new kitchen design was to feel like it had always been in the home but with modern amenities. The designer, Chelsea Design Company, added symmetry, contrast and function to the 230 square foot space. The client requested a 48-inch Wolf range, a large island, a drink station, multiple modes of refrigeration and a cleaning closet. In order to fit everything the homeowner desired into the space without feeling cluttered, clean lines, contrast and color were incorporated to feel spacious and timeless. The designer centered the range on two existing windows with no wall cabinet and framed out a drywall hood, painted the same color as the walls, to give a floor-to-ceiling ombré effect. Navy cabinets paired with a tonal leathered quartzite countertop and backsplash that fade into the white walls and hood provide contrast. To optimize storage, toe kick drawers store cookie sheets and a floating quartzite shelf with brass rods lends additional space. Hooks for everyday pots, pans and utensils were added to keep the counters free of clutter. The top priority of the project was to modernize the kitchen while still staying true to the style and age of the home. Inset cabinetry references the time period while managing all of the family’s storage needs. The designer continued the full-height cabinetry on to the pantry and incorporated food storage and a hidden cleaning closet with a drink station in the center.



Builder: Tri-Square Construction 

Interior Design: Chelsea Design Company 

Granite: MSI Surfaces, Custom Stone Interiors 

Plumbing Fixtures: Crescent Plumbing 

Decorative Fixtures: Locks & Pulls 

Appliances: Authorized Appliance 

Lighting: Wilson Lighting

Cabinetry: Kenrose Kitchen Kabinets 

Painting: Theiss Painting