2024 Gold Winner, 220-400 Square Feet - Castle Design and MDG Renovations

Photography by Alise O'Brien


This newly renovated kitchen is influenced by the elegance and charm of traditional American architecture. Designed by Castle Design and MDG Renovations, the kitchen features unique craftsmanship with raised-panel cabinetry, an intricate coffered ceiling and ironwork accents. Inspired by the home’s grand staircase, hand-forged iron brackets flank the custom built-in hood. Perfectly proportioned casework and cabinetry set the tone for the space. The design team was challenged to create a space that flowed nicely while also making the new kitchen feel more open. Double glass upper cabinets were designed to allow natural light to filter from the back foyer into the new kitchen making the space feel more open and connected. The backsplash below the hood is a delicate cherry tree design chosen to celebrate the gardens just outside the kitchen window. Dark bronze cabinetry hardware along with bronze pendant lights give an informal, industrial touch to juxtapose against the more elegant design features. The large center island showcases Grothouse walnut countertops, while the surrounding countertops are a polished Taj Mahal quartzite. The counter stools add a rich layering with intricately detailed embroidery by Colefax and Fowler. This new kitchen honors the formality of the home while also feeling fresh and approachable.

Why the judges love it: The craftsmanship and detailing in this kitchen is phenomenal. The cabinets tie into the ceiling detailing perfectly and the space is nicely balanced. We love how the hand-forged iron on the hood ties to the home’s staircase.