Pin these local kitchens to your Renovation Mood Board

Like a boss

We don’t often imagine a modern version of Mad MenDon Draper in the kitchen, searing a wagyu steak while sipping his vodka martini. But if it was, it would be in a place just like this sleek Lakewood cooking space. The abundance of material gives the space an uncluttered look: “Walnut is a very traditional wood used in mid-century homes, and by using it for both flooring and joinery, it gives to this kitchen a very integrated feel in the character of the house”, says Brent Forget of Pattern Architecture, the company that designed this new home, taking inspiration from surrounding 1960s ranch homes. The cabinets, made by Aspen Leaf Kitchens, feature recessed handles that make them “look more like custom furniture than cabinets,” Forget says, while White Pearl quartzite leather countertops provide ample space for meal prep and a dining-height walnut countertop gives the guests’ three children a place to do their homework. . Clever and suave, just like Draper himself.

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Brent Forget, Pattern Architecture

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Sleek and sophisticated

White oak ceilings, Austrian spruce floors and white quartz countertops create a light and airy feel. Photo by James Florio

Aspen has no shortage of swoon-worthy residential spaces. Adding to the mix: This open kitchen in the Starwood neighborhood, which was designed — along with the rest of the 8,500 square foot custom home — by Rowland and Broughton. But it’s more than a pretty face, here function reigns. “It was important for the owner [an international philanthropist and mother of three school-age children] that the space has multiple areas and plenty of storage,” says director Sarah Broughton. “To this end, our team specified a cooking area, dishwashing area and bar area, and added glazed upper cabinets to display collected personal items. These cabinets are accessible by an integrated ladder. Rift-sawn white oak clads the walls and ceiling; countertops are Namibian white quartz; and Austrian spruce boards, brushed and oiled with a soapy finish, make up the floors. Perhaps the most impressive of all? Despite an open floor plan and 11-foot ceilings, the kitchen “can feel very homey…kids eat breakfast at the counter. It meets multiple needs,” says Broughton.

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Sarah Broughton, Rowland and Broughton


Beyond Vanilla

The secret recipe for the chic look of this kitchen? Layers of color (dusty blue cabinets and cranberry bar stools) and textured tiles. Photo by Emily Minton Redfield

When a family of four contacted Anne Haveman of Workshop interior design to revamp their decidedly bland cooking space, they asked her to swap out her traditional, beige finishes for “a much cleaner look,” says Haveman. But like a cook who sticks to a tried and true recipe, these home chefs were hesitant to leave their comfort zone. “They wanted something neutral,” says Haveman, but “we pushed them to explore color options to make the design more unique.” The result: this vision of white oak and freshly painted cabinets. “The dusty blue is a good neutral color and not neutral, and the white oak warmed up the space and kept the overall feel light and bright,” says the designer. Rich cranberry-hued Huppe bar stools, a glazed brick mosaic backsplash, and a custom bronze and brass hood made by WW Fabricators add eye candy, helping this space transition from meh to wonderful. “The hood is the show-stopper!” Haveman said.

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Anne Haveman, Workshop interior design


Heartwarming welcome

Thanks to light wood tones, Moroccan zellige tiles and black accents, this kitchen offers farmhouse style with a twist. Photo by Kimberly Gavin

If you fancy channeling the warmth of director Nancy Meyers’ movie sets into your interiors, attach this kitchen to your vision board. “The style is Belgian farmhouse,” says Robin Bryant, chief designer at Factor Design Construction. “It has a soft palette of layered neutrals and is heavily textured, for a fresh and warm appearance.” The key to this cozy look: thick Carrara marble countertops with beveled edges; “Handmade terracotta tiles with a glazed finish meant to have natural imperfections, which gives it so much character,” notes Bryant; and select quality white oak hardwood floors. “That means there are very few knots and the grain is quite tight,” says Bryant. One more touch provided the kind of magic Hollywood decorators are so adept at creating: The cabinets are textured melamine, which is “a super durable material, and the finish looks and feels like real wood,” says Bryant. .

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Robin Bryant, Factor Design Construction


High contrast styling

Designer Laura Medicus chose woven bar stools and dining chairs to warm up this kitchen’s black and white palette. Photo by Jordan Katz

No color combination is as elegant as black and white, the hues that make tuxedos iconic. And it turned out to be the perfect match for the owner of this Greenwood Village home, who asked the designer Laura Medicus to give her kitchen a dramatic touch. “She has classic taste, loves to cook and entertain, and loves being in her kitchen,” says Medicus, who leaned into the timeless choice with a palette of black, white and brass, made even more alluring by the addition skylights and oversized windows that let in light, and bar stools that provide farmhouse warmth. One of Medicus’ favorite things: painted tongue-and-groove ceilings. “I love that you can tell it’s real wood that’s been painted and not MDF; when you’re in the space, you can see the subtle grain of the wood,” she says. Another detail that thrills the designer: the high cabinets with retractable pocket doors. “One of the cabinets has a TV mounted inside so the customer can turn it on while she cooks.”

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Laura Medicus, Laura Medicus Interiors


rock on

Lantern-shaped pendant lights and a custom wood and mesh hood visually break up the abundance of cabinetry in this kitchen in Benjamin Moore’s Newburg Green hue. Photo by Morris Photography

This kitchen in the Greenwood Village Preserve is owned by a literal rock star family, but not like you might think. “They’re both geologists, so they wanted to see the sediment in the rock,” says Julee Wray of Lattice interiors, the company is committed to redeveloping the space. “It was fascinating to go to the Stone Collection with them and learn so much about how [layers of earth] settle.” Prior to the makeover, the kitchen counter and backsplash were initially blocked with something resembling golden Colorado granite, as Wray recalls. Custom painted cabinetry in a saturated blue hue allows for the new choice of the owners’ stone, Lumiere leather quartzite, to stand out. Two other prides of the designer: the custom-made hood, with a flat crimped wire grille that fantasizes the facade, and the suspensions from Visual Comfort. “They really like a soft, industrial and traditional atmosphere, and these [fixtures] were totally aligned with that,” says Wray.

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Julee Wray, Lattice interiors


mountain wonder

Designer Ashley Beaumier added interest to the sleek island with a splash of plum paint, which ties in with the purple undertones of the cabinetry. Photo by Jess Blackwell

We’re all familiar with the tropes of classic Colorado design: Lincoln Log-style walls and wrought-iron light fixtures that evoke the Gold Rush era. But it’s possible to wink at our beloved place without tripping over it, and that’s exactly what the designer Ashley Beaumier accomplished in this Beaver Creek condo. “We wanted to infuse elements of the modern mountain style, including rich woods, rustic textures and deep colors, while ensuring that it still resembled the client’s sophisticated, streamlined style,” she says. In the kitchen, wide-plank limed white oak flooring and black knurled hardware provide “a certain rugged texture,” but subtly, says Beaumier. Artwork (not pictured) by Charles DiJulio of Colorado inspired the island’s purple hue, carnelian from Sherwin-Williams, while black Kelly Wearstler pendant lights bring a fresh touch. “I pushed black into each space during the remodel to add edge,” Beaumier says. A high-end design movement adapted to the high country.

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Ashley Beaumier, Designed by Ashley Beaumier