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In this Cape Cod, Mass., bath designed by Hutker Architects and Eileen Peretz Interiors, a glass tile mosaic pattern adds interest underfoot.

2012 K+B Design Guide

2012 K+B Design Guide

  • Architect Rob Whitten opened space between the kitchen and dining room and added a bay.

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    Architect Rob Whitten opened space between the kitchen and dining room and added a bay.

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    Rob Karosis

    Architect Rob Whitten opened space between the kitchen and dining room and added a bay.

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    A post marks the kitchen’s original boundary. The architect pushed out the wall 6 feet, which made room for more graceful proportions and an island.

  • The old cook stove--a similar model to the original that once stood in this spot--uses propane and warms the house or keeps stews at a low simmer.

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    The old cook stove--a similar model to the original that once stood in this spot--uses propane and warms the house or keeps stews at a low simmer.

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    Rob Karosis

    The old cook stove--a similar model to the original that once stood in this spot--uses propane and warms the house or keeps stews at a low simmer.

  • A pocket door next to the shower leads to a windowed water closet.

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    A pocket door next to the shower leads to a windowed water closet.

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    Rob Karosis

    A pocket door next to the shower leads to a windowed water closet.

  • Simple but strong materialssubway tiles, marble countertops, a radiant-heated heart pine floorimpart cottage-style comfort in this Boothbay Harbor bath.

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    Simple but strong materialssubway tiles, marble countertops, a radiant-heated heart pine floorimpart cottage-style comfort in this Boothbay Harbor bath.

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    Rob Karosis

    Simple but strong materials—subway tiles, marble countertops, a radiant-heated heart pine floor—impart cottage-style comfort in this Boothbay Harbor bath.

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    A skylit dormer brightens the room, and reveals in the wall board create an irregular, eye-catching pattern.

  • The large, elegant shower features a pebbled floor, bench seating, and a wall cutout for shower necessities.

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    The large, elegant shower features a pebbled floor, bench seating, and a wall cutout for shower necessities.

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    Rob Karosis

    The large, elegant shower features a pebbled floor, bench seating, and a wall cutout for shower necessities.

  • In this Seattle remodeled bath, plenty of mirrors reflect as much light as possible, and a chandelier over the tub adds a touch of glamour.

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    In this Seattle remodeled bath, plenty of mirrors reflect as much light as possible, and a chandelier over the tub adds a touch of glamour.

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    John Granen

    In this Seattle remodeled bath, plenty of mirrors reflect as much light as possible, and a chandelier over the tub adds a touch of glamour.

  • Abundant storage within and just outside the bath prevents the space from feeling cluttered.

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    Abundant storage within and just outside the bath prevents the space from feeling cluttered.

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    John Granen

    Abundant storage within and just outside the bath prevents the space from feeling cluttered.

  • Stuart Silk Architects had the traditional moldings from the rest of the house replicated for the bath to maintain a consistency from room to room.

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    Stuart Silk Architects had the traditional moldings from the rest of the house replicated for the bath to maintain a consistency from room to room.

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    John Granen

    Stuart Silk Architects had the traditional moldings from the rest of the house replicated for the bath to maintain a consistency from room to room.

  • This Washington, D.C., kitchen's marble-topped island can serve as a food prep surface, a casual dining area, or both.

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    This Washington, D.C., kitchen's marble-topped island can serve as a food prep surface, a casual dining area, or both.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    This Washington, D.C., kitchen's marble-topped island can serve as a food prep surface, a casual dining area, or both.

  • Architect David Jones gave the space simple, elegant forms and colors to keep it from overpowering the rest of the great room.

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    Architect David Jones gave the space simple, elegant forms and colors to keep it from overpowering the rest of the great room.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    Architect David Jones gave the space simple, elegant forms and colors to keep it from overpowering the rest of the great room.

  • Windows along the adjoining dining and living areas serve to naturally light the kitchen.

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    Windows along the adjoining dining and living areas serve to naturally light the kitchen.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    Windows along the adjoining dining and living areas serve to naturally light the kitchen.

  • In this Cape Cod, Mass., bath designed by Hutker Architects and Eileen Peretz Interiors, a glass tile mosaic pattern adds interest underfoot.

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    In this Cape Cod, Mass., bath designed by Hutker Architects and Eileen Peretz Interiors, a glass tile mosaic pattern adds interest underfoot.

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    Dan Cutrona Photography

    In this Cape Cod, Mass., bath designed by Hutker Architects and Eileen Peretz Interiors, a glass tile mosaic pattern adds interest underfoot.

  • A sunny breakfast nook occupies the end of this St. Paul, Minn., kitchen by Albertsson Hansen Architecture.

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    A sunny breakfast nook occupies the end of this St. Paul, Minn., kitchen by Albertsson Hansen Architecture.

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    Adan Torres

    A sunny breakfast nook occupies the end of this St. Paul, Minn., kitchen by Albertsson Hansen Architecture.

  • A paneled, bookshelf-lined opening links the kitchen to a storage-friendly mudroom.

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    A paneled, bookshelf-lined opening links the kitchen to a storage-friendly mudroom.

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    Adan Torres

    A paneled, bookshelf-lined opening links the kitchen to a storage-friendly mudroom.

  • Architect Todd Hansen emphasized the kitchen's horizontality by using extra-long hardware and drawer fronts as well as a 12 and a half foot-long island.

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    Architect Todd Hansen emphasized the kitchen's horizontality by using extra-long hardware and drawer fronts as well as a 12 and a half foot-long island.

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    Adan Torres

    Architect Todd Hansen emphasized the kitchen's horizontality by using extra-long hardware and drawer fronts as well as a 12 and a half foot-long island.

  • The room's mostly white color palette acts as a backdrop for displayed housewares.

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    The room's mostly white color palette acts as a backdrop for displayed housewares.

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    Adan Torres

    The room's mostly white color palette acts as a backdrop for displayed housewares.

In times of uncertainty, we often seek out safe havens of solidity and permanence. Dollars are scarcer and so we wish to spend them more wisely, investing in items of enduring value and timeless elegance. No one would do without the creature comforts we've come to expect in our kitchens and baths, but everyone delights in materials that transcend trends and fleeting fancies of style. That simple black dress, cut just right and paired with grandmother's strand of pearls. Classic, lovely, and thoroughly modern all at the same time.

2012 Kitchen & Bath Design Guide