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This Mick De Giulio kitchen responds to the tastes of its owners

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Home interiors are no longer expected to fall into strict categories of classic or modern. Increasingly, decor is becoming a celebration of personal loves and likes – whatever the preferred design flavor.

Created by designer Mick De Giulio, this kitchen offers the best of all worlds. The client wish list specified an open-plan kitchen and family room that would project an edgy feel, yet meld with the home's traditional architecture. The owners love to cook and entertain so the space had to combine functionality and drama.

In many ways, the room's ceiling both leads and symbolizes this project, says De Giulio.

"We introduced ornate crown mouldings to tie in with the home's origins but at the same time, we replaced the round recessed lights in the existing kitchen with rectilinear versions."

Contrasting tones and textures balance each other in the new design. White lacquered cabinets on the wall and island play off an ebonized cabinet with antiqued mirrored panels that conceals the integrated refrigerator. Gleaming stainless steel cabinets flank the range.


The room is grounded by the existing wood floors, stained a darker tone to accentuate the artisan wall finish and cream cabinetry.

A balance of scale further draws the decor together. The presence of the large range hood, designed by De Giulio, is played down by its reflective surfaces, and the mass of the island is mitigated by its modern, slender countertop.

"Plenty of cabinets, spacious work surfaces and heavy-duty appliances cater to the business side of the kitchen, but several elements have a more glamorous appeal," says the designer. "For example, I designed a tall glassware cabinet with a polished, reflective frame and ebonized walnut interiors. This eye-catching, modern piece catches the sparkle of the large chandelier over the breakfast table and light from the nearby floor-to-ceiling windows."

First published date: 06 October 2013

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Kitchen designer Mick De Giulio NKBA, ASID, De Giulio Kitchen Design (Wilmette, IL)
Interior designer Eve Whiston
Cabinetry Island and perimeter, SieMatic BeauxArts in Magnolia White lacquer; refrigerator armoire, De Giulio Collection in ebonized walnut with antiqued mirror panels; De Giulio Collection glassware cabinet, polished stainless steel and glass with ebonized walnut interior
Countertops Island, Orion Suede granite; perimeter, honed Calacatta Gold marble; range wall, De Giulio Collection brushed stainless steel
Backsplash Sink wall, Calacatta Gold tiles; sliding backsplash, Calacatta Gold marble, honed
Kitchen sink Window wall, Kallista Soltiere; island, Kallista Multiere
Faucets Kallista One, nickel-silver finish
Oven and cooktop Wolf
Hood Custom, polished stainless steel, by De Giulio Kitchen Design
Microwave Panasonic
Refrigeration and wine cooler Sub-Zero
Dishwasher Miele
Waste disposal KitchenAid
Warming drawer Dacor
Kitchen furniture Breakfast table chairs, Hickory Chair; counter stools, Madigan Stool with Jumbo Croc leather in burgundy
Lighting Porta Romano Ribbon wall sconces; Hector Finch polished nickel pendants; chandelier by Niermann Weeks