These show-stopping rooms couldn't possibly differ more in style — but we still love them all.
For the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, designer Steven Miller created a dramatic space for entertaining. "Black makes you feel glamorous, and this kitchen is built for entertaining," says Miller. "It's part of a series of rooms, including the family room and a deck, where you can listen to music, and sip a cocktail, and prepare an amazing meal."
Laser-engraved labels on the Peruvian walnut shelves, all by the Grothouse Lumber Company, playful show where things belong in the glass-fronted cabinets. The tableware is by Williams-Sonoma.
Designer Christopher Peacock embraced the darkness in this kitchen sans windows, and created an enveloping, inviting space in the Kips Bay Showhouse. A mirrored wall behind the KitchenAid commercial-style range and lit cabinets bring more light into the room.
Peacock's own Proprietary Collection hardware is accented with Edelman leather, here in a striking blue hue.
Simple yet elegant, the 1,000-square-foot dream kitchen — showcased in New York's Rockefeller Center — is filled with glittering tile, glass knobs, a bold sink, and a jaw-dropping butler's pantry. "Kitchens can get very complicated," says designer Mick De Giulio. "I wanted to keep this simple and classic. It's also a little bit glamorous."
In this 100-square-foot space, De Giulio (who likens the room to a "jewel box") selected glass fronts for the upper cabinets and lined the interiors with a mirrored finish. "It makes the space feel more open," he says. The cove ceiling has a Venetian-style treatment and gilded iron lights.
Showcased in the middle of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, this farmhouse-style kitchen features dark cabinetry, high-tech appliances, and an extensive outdoor kitchen component. It came to life with help of chef Tyler Florence and designer Lori Yeomans.
"The kitchen stretches from inside to out, which is perfect for entertaining," Florence says. A fireplace helps extend the outdoor season, even when the weather starts to turn cooler.
Jeff Lewis from Bravo's Flipping Out crafted a modern space in the middle of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center. It features an open layout, but also a cozy seating area. "I'm not a carpet guy. I love the solid floors, wood or stone, with area rugs because I can lift them up and clean underneath," says Lewis.
A see-through wine rack in defines the eating area, but it doesn't close off the space.
Ina Garten's dream kitchen is made possible by designer Robert Stilin. "I like an island you can work on but that can also be a gathering place for coffee or a casual dinner," he says.
"Nothing beats a walk-in pantry," says Stilin. White plates and dishes from with Hotel Silver bowls, tray, and coffeepots are at almost like decor throughout the shelving.
Designer Christopher Peacock wowed the crowd at Rockefeller Center with his model kitchen. Walnut Refectory cabinets by Peacock himself are centered around a pair of Euro-Style French door refrigerators, which are created by Jenn-Air.
Glass-fronted cabinets, which open on two sides, hold crystal and china from Wedgwood. Polished nickel hardware feels substantial and shines against the white cabinets.
Designer Joan Schindler made a "pass-through" refrigerator the Connecticut kitchen's quiet star. The Nero Marquino marble countertops and twin 19th-century light fixtures are also understatedly electric. The massive custom center island is on casters, but mostly to enhance the visual effect — it's really too heavy to move.
Note the designer's detailed use of rounded subway tiles on all edges. "We like the idea of soft and continuous flow of the walls, no sharp corners," says Schindler. Her use of white bronze for the hardware, from Sun Valley Bronze, also lends the kitchen a visual richness. All panes in the cabinets are restoration glass, which is uneven.