Cooking Up Style

photos by Shaun Ring, story by Donna Ison


For our annual food issue, we wanted to show offff some kitchens worth cookin’ in! The kitchen is the center of every home, and designing one with style and function can be challenging. We pulled together our favorite Kentucky kitchens from previous issues of TOPS to serve up some serious inspiration.

earthy black


Kitchen Concepts, Su Casa Tile & Granite Epiphany Studios, stuart hurt, House

This kitchen offers ample room for convenient cooking and elegant entertaining, and boasts several extraordinary features.

A large island with Mon Blanc quartzite countertops from Su Casa Tile & Granite and a wrap around, dining- height table in a sueded, Absolute Black granite finish provides a place for prep and comfortable seating for six. Open shelving throughout is both stylish and utilitarian. A bar along one wall contains a split fridge and shelving to display a collection of gorgeous glassware. Even the GE Café appliances were customized to match the rose gold hardware that graces the cabinetry.

However, the most extraordinary element is the cluster of handblown globes that hang above the island. According to designer, stuart hurt, “the lighting fixtures above the island are pivotal to the kitchen. The owner stumbled across Epiphany Studios, a glass blowing studio, on a business trip, and knew we had to incorporate it. They set the tone and mood and are the talk of any cocktail conversation.” Each globe differs in size, shape and texture, and was meticulously crafted by world-renowned master glass blower, April Wagner.

modern + marvel


Jimmy Nash Homes Laurel River Stoneworks Red Dog & Company Boone Forest Products PIRCH

In this open kitchen, the homeowners wanted to capture the sleek, streamlined feel of Miami Beach. To accomplish this, they installed stainless steel appliances and glossy custom cabinetry. European-style cabinets were designed and installed, which reach from floor to ceiling to maximize storage. Chrome and glass display cabinets add opulence, while Miele appliances add the latest in cooking technology.

The homeowners discovered the Miele brand at the retail destination, PIRCH, and were immediately sold on the revolutionary line. Their kitchen contains Miele’s high-tech coffee station, induction range, microwave/fast oven, and both a large and small combi-steam oven.

The central kitchen island is topped by marble, which was purchased as a single slab and then fabricated by Ronnie Elkins of Laurel River Stoneworks. An exquisite, modern high table by Mike Angel of Red Dog & Company of London provides in-kitchen dining. For additional dining space, the home also boasts an attached breakfast room and formal dining room.

country chic


Debra Hupman, Creative Kitchens & Baths Burton Made Countertops

This kitchen is both utilitarian and stylish with a combination of low-maintenance Alleanza quartz countertops and walnut countertops from Burton Made; a Kohler farmhouse sink; custom cabinetry in crisp white; and Thermador appliances, including a raised dishwasher.

There is also a bar, in classic navy blue, with a plate backsplash giving the space a splash of country charm.

But, the most eye-catching element is the unique, white powder- coated stove hood with sleek stainless-steel straps which is a real showstopper.

bachelor approved


Architectural Kitchens & Baths Louisville Tile Quality Stone Countertops Barbie Pickett, Pickett Homes

This kitchen is a perfect balance of form and function. Linda Bratton, who has been an interior designer for over 25 years, wanted the final effect to be “sleek and sophisticated,” but also welcoming and able to accommodate crowds during get togethers. She says, “We didn’t want it to feel like a sport’s bar.”

Flat panel cabinetry in an alder finish hide Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, including a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, steam oven, refrigerated beverage drawers and ice maker. In contrast, a silver metallic subway tile backsplash from Louisville Tile and stainless-steel stove and range hood add an industrial edge. The countertops, by Quality Stone Countertops, are of a leathered granite surface with rough and smooth comingling.

In addition to the kitchen peninsula, the homeowner wanted a spot for more formal dining, but didn’t want to just plunk down a table. They found the solution in a table fabricated by Burton Made from a slice of ash wood and fitted it around the peninsula. The table brings a unique, rustic component to the otherwise modern area and lends itself to a more intimate eating experience, while still being open to the rest of the room.

classic white


Jimmy Nash Homes Ambiance Designs Kitchen Concepts

This kitchen contains some truly amazing attributes, such as 100% custom cabinetry from Kitchen Concept’s new KC Collection, a Carrera marble backsplash, a Francois & Co. hood constructed of cast stone and metal, and custom mill work on island and cabinet end panels.

The space is kept clean and “casually beautiful” through the neutral color palette which employs nearly every shade of gray from lightest pearl to warm dove to deep charcoal. Designer, Jean Ann Corbin says, “For the last few years the color trend of choice is gray. But, I love it because there are so many beautiful colors that look good with gray.”