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SIMPLE KITCHENS | Home Design Pictorial


West Suburban Chicago is home to countless beautiful kitchens and many homeowners are dreaming of having a new kitchen to call their own, especially with the holidays coming. Many believe that designing a new kitchen is much too complex of a project to take on, but in fact, it can be very simple. With an experienced kitchen designer, a beautiful kitchen design can be completed with ease and a favorable completion time. This month we are highlighting some unique designs to help you in your planning. These kitchen designs were completed by some of the best local area kitchen designers in the business. Happy planning!


This Lisle townhome had a kitchen that was “heavy & dark” before its transformation. A peninsula configuration, along with dark cherry cabinets, burnt sienna walls and granite countertops, only served to make the small space seem more confining, clearly not a good fit for a professional chef who enjoys cooking and entertaining at home. The family sought the help of Adam Hartig at The Kitchen Master, for a brighter, more purposeful space packed with professional-grade amenities. Removing a half wall and eliminating the peninsula helped open up the room to allow for better workflow and more space for guests. The couple selected a custom-made banquette and smaller dining table, which made it possible to add a large island. They can now seat six to seven guests at the table and three more at the island, all while keeping out of the chef’s space.

The months of thoughtful planning were well worth it, says the homeowner. “I love how it all came together, both color wise and flow. I look around and still think it is stunning.”

THE STYLE Multiple shades of gray are partnered with marble counters and Brazilian cherry floors to form a clean lined transitional kitchen design.

MODERN INCLUSIONS Highlights include a second entertainment sink on the island, a custom banquette table with buffet service, an integrated coffee maker, and professional appliances.

COMPLETION TIME Approximately 7-8 Weeks. This project was a floor to ceiling redesign, requiring substantial mechanical adjustments and the refinishing of the flooring throughout the first floor.

THE DESIGNER Adam Hartig, a Senior Designer at The Kitchen Master in Naperville, is an award winning and certified kitchen and bathroom designer specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling throughout the western suburbs.


The homeowner came to The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn, frustrated with the layout and size of their current kitchen, looking for help generating ideas for how to maximize functionality within the constraints of the space. After visiting with them and seeing the home’s layout, Designer Susan Klimala, realized that looking at the bigger picture of how they used the entire first floor might bring some dramatic solutions. Flipping the kitchen and family room and taking down the wall separating the two created one big open floor plan for the family to enjoy. The new kitchen is an L-shaped space that is no longer cramped and small, and is truly family-friendly and a cook’s dream.

THE STYLE Transitional styling includes family friendly materials -- quartz tops, stainless appliances and simple shaker cabinetry -- accented by Carrera marble tile and gray enamel pendants.

MODERN INCLUSIONS A tight work triangle punctuated by a large island open to the family living space includes a combination convection microwave/wall oven, quartz countertops and LED lighting.

COMPLETION TIME This project which also included a master bath addition, was completed in 12 weeks.

THE DESIGNER Susan Klimala, Kitchen Studio co-owner, believes in a collaborative approach to designing a space. “Listening to homeowner’s needs and offering custom solutions will result in a space that is uniquely yours.”


Vineyard Chic made my dream kitchen a reality. I am so grateful for their valuable design insights, patience and eye for detail. Everyone involved from the designer, contractor, business manager and owners were incredibly responsive and listened to my ideas and concerns and ultimately delivered a gorgeous and highly functional kitchen. My husband and I agree we would not change one thing! –Molly, Geneva

THE STYLE Transitional with cool colors mixed with warm tones on the floor.

MODERN INCLUSIONS Custom metal hood, floating shelves, interior cabinet lighting, cabinet inserts for specialized storage, Quartz countertops, color scheme of grays and whites.

COMPLETION TIME Vineyard Chic designed the kitchen with new cabinetry, removed a wall to open up the space, installed the cabinetry and provided enhanced electrical. The homeowner did the the demolition and Vineyard Chic’s part in the project was approximately three weeks in duration once the cabinets arrived.

THE DESIGNER Teri, Vineyard Chic’s designer, had more than 10 years of experience in kitchen design. She was able to determine the clients needs and work collaboratively with the homeowners from the beginning to the completion of the project.


This young family was looking for an updated work and entertainment space, a nearby homework station for their children and abundant storage with the simplicity of modern farmhouse décor.

The wood hood, farmhouse sink, bricklook tile, rustic island and bar, were the building blocks to set the stage for the farmhouse feel. Floor to ceiling storage around the double oven, an abundance of rollouts and drawers and hidden coffee maker on a rollout shelf all added to the storage options.

A bar area was added that intersects both the kitchen and family rooms, aiding in all kinds of entertaining. The rustic grey cabinetry provides additional contrast to pull the entire project together. Versatile living at its best!

THE STYLE Warm transitional with a nod to rustic finishes of wood and brick.

MODERN INCLUSIONS -A charging station was added to the desk area.

-Beverage refrigerator & locked storage in bar. -Rollout shelves & drawers.

-Decorative floating shelves -Electrical outlets installed on the interior of cabinetry for small appliances.

COMPLETION TIME The entire project was finished on time in nine weeks: large kitchen, XL laundry/mudroom, master bath and all new flooring on the first floor.

THE DESIGNER This project was designed by the team of Patty Rosignal and Kevin Sommers of River Oak Cabinetry & Design Inc., where Patty is the owner.


The homeowner wanted to transform their 1970’s home into a place they would love. The client selected Interior Planning & Design, Inc. of Naperville. Their goal was to utilize the company’s expert planning skills to update a small, outdated kitchen as well as the entire first floor of the home.

Designer Joan Kaufman worked with the homeowner to develop the concepts for their dream kitchen. By modifying the room layout, the space was transformed into a bright, cheerful hub for family gathering– all while maximizing functionality.

The design includes many features including a USB charging station, iPad work area, spice storage, professional cooking appliances, and much more. The designer paid attention to every detail, incorporating state-of-the-art lighting and electric access along the backsplash and cooking area.

THE STYLE Soft, snowflake painted cabinets provide a light, warm, airy feel. Eco-friendly materials, a stunning stone backsplash, and natural wood floors complete the look.

MODERN INCLUSIONS The backsplash design is a source of joy for the client. The work triangle is extremely efficient, incorporating a new island for easy daily cooking/entertaining.

COMPLETION TIME This project, which included the first-floor bathroom, living room, dining room, completely new wood flooring and trim throughout, was completed in 11 weeks.

THE DESIGNER Joan Kaufman, FASID, is an award-winning designer specializing in space planning and spatial transformation. “Our unique mission and focus is work within our client’s budget and timeframe to help their dreams come true. We manage the details for the client so they can continue their life while the project unfolds”.