KOTY 2014: Old World and Timeless

Platinum winner, 200-260 square feet

Edited by Melissa Mauzy
Photography by Alise O'Brien


Old World and Timeless
Aiming to create a kitchen that had classic design with aged but not worn finishes, Jim Howard, of Glen Alspaugh Kitchens and Baths, brought in texture and color contrasts for a timeless, Old World space. To compensate for a lack of natural light in the space, shades of neutral white were used. A wide-framed, extra-thick recessed panel door in white dove and wrought iron were specified for cabinetry and appliance panels. To create the illusion of more width in the space, Howard removed wall cabinets on each side of the hood and installed interior cabinet lighting in the glass front cabinets on the opposite wall.

The Old World feel is accomplished with rustic ceiling beams and a custom antiqued silver pot rack installed above the island, which creates valuable storage. Texture was brought into the space with hand-brushed cabinet finishes, salvaged antique corbels and plaster. On the center island, the highly figured marble adds an element of visual texture. For contrast, black walnut hardwood flooring extends throughout the space.

Why the judges love it:
The square opening framed by the antique corbels gives this kitchen its own special display. It is simple yet elegant with traditional details. The hood is a 3-D version of the backsplash. We love the contrasts of the dark beams and flooring to the light, neutral cabinetry and hood. 

Photography by Alise O’Brien

Jim Howard, Glen Alspaugh Kitchens and Baths, 314-993-6644
Appliances: AUTCOhome, 314-373-2000
Interior design: Janice Rohan
Contractor: Johnson Development, 314-995-9001
Marble: Global Granite and Marble, 314-426-1466