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Two Different Kitchen Stories–Same Happy Ending
October 27, 2011

Mutual Respect...Partnership...Design expertise...Kitchen Design Partners (KDP) was founded on these principles. For over ten years, Nancy Jacobson has demonstrated her specialty in space planning and cabinetry design with clients throughout the North Shore and Chicago. KDP helps you create the home of your dreams while balancing practical considerations. We look forward to becoming and integral member of your team by working with your contractor or by gladly referring you to one of our preferred contractors.  

Nancy Jacobson  - Kitchen Design Partners 

CLASSIC CONTEMPORARY  The homeowners sought  a classic contemporary style for their new kitchen.  So we did white inset cabinets with concealed hinges and recessed panel doors.  The homeowner had a passionate desire to incorporate X-shaped mullion glass cabinet doors that she had seen in a magazine.  I worked directly with the staff at the Holiday Kitchens’ factory to design the perfect height and width of the cabinet so the X mullions would be perfectly square (not rectangular).

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The dark stained island and bar add a furniture look that adds contrast to the white cabinets and the lovely soapstone countertops.  Lighting, stainless appliances and tile complete the classic look. 

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Other features of the kitchen cabinetry:

  • The perimeter cabinets are Nordic paint.
  • Island cabinets are Truffle stain on Alder.
  • Door style is Petersburg inset.
REMARKABLE RENOVATION  My client’s goal was to improve the flow and function of his kitchen and how it relates to adjacent rooms. So this remodel included redesigning the entire layout of the kitchen, moving appliances, door openings and walls. The homeowner is an avid wine connoisseur and entertains frequently. Since the kitchen has no windows, the goal was to keep it light and inviting, while conveying a sophisticated style that would anchor the entire first floor. 


As part of the remodel we:

  • Added a wide door opening to the living room
  • Squared off angled walls to add a wine bar to existing bar
  • Changed the dining room into an office
  • Enlarged the “pass through” to the family room
  • Added a large custom hood that provides focus for the 60” range
  • Enhanced the look with appliance panels that match the cabinets
  • Backsplash tile (on order) will add color and texture to compliment the cabinets and beautiful Yellow Wood countertops.
The result is a kitchen now open to the entire first floor, achieving the homeowner’s vision.  It provides functional cooking space, comfortable island seating, separate bars for wine and mixed drinks, and many decorative elements that complement the homeowner’s style.

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