Best Kitchen

Home Design Awards 2018


Jewel of the Home
Burkhart Interiors

When a client owns a jewelry company, upscale interior design details become infinitely important. “That thrilled me to no end!” Janice Burkhart, owner of her Dallas-based full-service design firm, Burkhart Interiors, says. A specialist in luxury residential, Janice couldn’t wait to get her hands on this illustrious kitchen — just one component of her whole-home design for the client’s brand new 8,000-square-foot build. The results were an uncluttered, glamorous space with luxe metallic details. Oversized ceramic planks laid in a bordered, herringbone pattern made for pretty flooring, and an impressively large island is accompanied by cream leather and polished brass bar stools by Interlude Home. Overhead, a trio of aged brass Lyons pendant lights — midcentury candle clusters set within an acrylic diamond frame from Hudson Valley Lighting — add a dose of cool glamour. “It made it pop like jewelry,” Janice says of the brass accents throughout. Most notable is the bespoke navy blue vent hood crafted by Seal Tex, a custom metal fabrication facility. “I really liked the vent hood. We thought about doing wood, but in the end, I went for it!” The countertops and backsplash are both beautiful cuts of marble from Walker Zanger, and mirrored inserts in the cabinets add that final touch of opulence for one serious gem of a kitchen.


Clean-Lined Comfort
B Smart Builders

Once a segmented, outdated design, this Ridglea Hills home — which B Smart Builders completely renovated from top to bottom — has come into its own in a very chic way. The clients’ new kitchen is a study in clean lines, gorgeous neutrals and a just-perfect mix of finishes and design selections by Stacy Buky. “We completely opened up a good portion of the first floor so that the homeowners could enjoy a more open-concept feel,” B Smart Builders owner Cheryl Bean says. The new arrangement effectively enlarges the kitchen area, which connects seamlessly to the nearby living room. It’s another neutral space with dashing details, like a dual-sided, gray brick fireplace and a circular coffee table. Light wood accents are revisited in several places, from the flooring throughout the main level of the home to the exposed shelves between the living and dining spaces, as well as similar, smaller shelving near the kitchen window. And the exposed wood beams towering above the spacious marble island tie in to the fireplace mantel of the same material, as well as the trim around the range hood. The fluidity and consistency are done so well, the eye literally glides from one beautiful detail to the next — making the big picture a perfect one.


European Elegance
Joseph & Berry - Remodel Design Build

Most home remodels are designed to update and renovate, bringing in new to replace the old in an otherwise tired space. But occasionally, they are more than just a revamp and represent a particular lifestyle, memories and undeniable personality. Such was the case for a beautiful kitchen makeover by Joseph Tsedaka and Berry Kaufam of Joseph & Berry - Remodel Design Build. The Dallas-based duo sought to incorporate their client’s travel memories and love of Europe with an exposed brick wall, large copper vent hood and a gorgeous royal blue island, evoking Greek vibes. “This classic kitchen with custom-made cabinets and pantry was designed with functionality and adventure in mind,” Joseph says. “We created open space by demoing a wall and reconfiguring the room and cabinet layout.” The ceiling was both raised and leveled, and a wide picture window installed above the white apron sink brings in more light. The countertops feature leather-finish granite while the island boasts a quartzite slab with a pair of contemporary pendant lights overhead. No detail was overlooked, like the impressive Wolf range and double oven, two-handle pot filler and custom spice drawer. “This new kitchen represents memories,” Joseph says. “The ones that have already been made and the ones to be made.”


Rebecca Boles, AIA, RID

Currently the assistant dean for the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at The University of Texas at Arlington, Rebecca Boles’ involvement in the program extends two decades, where she also serves as a studio instructor. Her previous teaching posts include stints at TCU, Carnegie Mellon University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also completed 14 years of architectural experience at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Kohn Pederson Fox Interiors, Cossuta and Associates and Morrison Seifert. Rebecca maintains an active role in the Texas Society of Architects and received an American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter Merit Award in 2003.

Grace Mitchell

Creator and writer of design and DIY blog, A Storied Style, which often chronicles the renovation of her and her family’s 1919 foursquare home, Grace Mitchell’s love for design has grown from a passion to a career. She has since taken on numerous interior design projects for clients and was featured in Better Homes & Gardens and has created designs for several major brands, including Home Depot, Pottery Barn Kids and House Beautiful magazine.  

Lisa Teakell, ASID, RID

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from the University of North Texas, Lisa Teakell spent over 12 years as an interior designer at local mainstay Joseph Minton. She has since become an entrepreneur, going solo and opening her own interior design business, Lisa Teakell Design, LLC. Steering away from a one-size-fits-all approach, Lisa works in numerous styles and excels at effective communication with homeowners to achieve desired results. Lisa is the incoming chair of the American Society of Interior Designers Fort Worth Design Community.