This kitchen’s  is an island consisting of three parts: blue cabinets housing the sink, dishwasher and trash compactor, a smaller black section housing a microwave drawer, and a turned red post with a 3-inch-thick round maple top. White perimeter cabinets and oak flooring add a classic touch to balance the bright colors and rounded shapes. Ines Hanl


This kitchen features a breakfast nook as well as an island with swiveling stools that facilitate both TV watching and talking with the chef. Wide traffic paths and open areas around the large island make room for family gatherings. Ada Pagano

Alderwood Warmth

Thu 06 2010

It features high heat gas and electric cooking, along with a prep sink. The kitchen features alder veneer cabinetry and wood flooring, accented by nine feet of stainless refrigerators, ovens, and a farm sink. Polished granite counters, a custom-designed glass bar and dining table, and glass tile backsplashes highlighted by low fixtures add spots of high-sheen surface throughout the room. Wendy F