When you're planning a renovation, who better to look to for inspiration than professional architects and designers? Even if you're planning to do the job yourself, you can find countless good ideas just by clicking through portfolios online.
- The Brooklyn Home Company: This design/build/development company is one of our go-to bookmarks for what we call the "white and wood look" — photos of light, airy, modern kitchens that might include a generously sized reclaimed wood dining table or a live edge counter with tree trunk stools.
- Wrightson Stewart: This Australian interior design firm recently changed its name from Phorm Interiors. Their kitchens tend to be clean-lined and minimal, but a burst of color or pattern makes its way into almost every space, whether it's a banquette upholstered in bright geometric fabric, large-scale artwork in the kitchen, or a countertop covered in hexagonal tiles.
- Tilev Design: Husband and wife team Heather and Todd Tilev bring together her background in architecture with his in fine arts. Their collaborative projects show the clean lines and pared-down approach of an architect, energized by an artist's attention to color and pattern.
- Den Architecture: Headquartered in Miami, this firm has a clean-lined, modern aesthetic. The project shown above is a condo they designed for a young couple using a combination of vintage furniture and big box sources.
- SchappacherWhite Ltd.: Steve Schappacher & Rhea White of SchappacherWhite renovated their own fisherman's cottage on Shelter Island. The kitchen is a gorgeous black and white space that combines traditional country-cottage elements (like beadboard) with contemporary details (like chalkboard paint and Asian-style stools).
- Berg Design Architects: John Berg is a A LEED Accredited Professional based in New York. The Kitchn toured his home, a light and airy space with a modern aesthetic, solar orientation, geo-thermal HVAC, and other green features.
- Derk Garlick Architects: This New Jersey architect specializes in residential planning, design and construction management. The kitchen shown above comes from a family home in Hoboken, where the large windows frame a view of the Hudson River.
- Platt Dana Architects: New York-based architects Hope Dana and Kate Platt understand the beauty of the built-in. Their residential work -- which includes an impressive series of East Coast apartments, town houses, and country homes -- balances classical symmetry with modernist utilitarianism, and the results are rational and beautiful.
- Cary Bernstein: Based in San Francisco, Cary Bernstein is a residential and commercial architect who renovated the bright, airy cottage shown above. Designed to make the most of the amazing garden views outside, the kitchen features large windows with a wraparound banquette.
- Joanne Hudson Basics: Located in Philadelphia, this kitchen and bath design house carries everything from tile to appliances to glassware. In addition to their design service, they have a store that carries high-quality cookware and servingware.
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