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For many households, the kitchen is where all the action is. It’s the heart of the home where everyone comes together to eat, talk, work, relax, and just be in the presence of each other. It’s no surprise then that of the numerous charming homes we’ve toured across the country, so many have delightful, distinct kitchens that seem to have been designed exactly as the homeowners wanted.

So go ahead, take a closer look at some of the best kitchens unearthed in our House Calls and Renovation Diary columns. They come in all styles, shapes, and sizes, and offer plenty of ideas to steal.


How’s this sixteen-foot-high wood-heavy kitchen for a statement? This Seattle “cabin in the city” by Olson Kundig makes a strong case for it.
Photo by Kyle Johnson


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Contrasting brick adds a cool touch to the kitchen of an architect’s home in Philadephia.
Photo by Gieves Anderson


In this San Francisco home, the remodeled kitchen features Ikea boxes fronted by drawers and doors from Semihandmade.
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In this San Francisco home, the remodeled kitchen spruces up Ikea boxes with drawers and doors from Semihandmade.
Photo by Carlos Chavarria


dining room with black cabinetry
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This Atlanta home shows how to embrace black in the kitchen, brightened up by white marble, golden accents, and pops of blue.
Sarah Dorio


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Fun tile alert: The kitchen backsplash in this Pennsylvania midcentury gem includes a row of handcrafted, dip-dyed tile with an eye-catching blue pattern.
Photo by Heidi’s Bridge


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This Brooklyn rental apartment kitchen keeps it interesting with two styles of cabinet fronts and personality-filled decor overhead.
Photo by Chris Mottalini


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The kitchen of a revamped midcentury ranch in Portland, Oregon, is an ode to plywood—first in the dramatic floor-to-ceiling shelf system and then again on the sides of the metal-and-wood island.
Photo by David Papazian


The emerald green kitchen with brass fixtures and detailing.
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A bachelor’s Hollywood Hills home goes bold with emerald cabinetry, black and white backsplash, and brass accents in the open kitchen.
Photo by Sam Frost


A white cabinet with very minimal bowls on top and some black and white art on the wall above.
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The white kitchen cabinets in this San Francisco home are the perfect backdrop for minimal bowls and graphic wall art.
Photo by Carlos Chavarria


Eichler, Unedited, Gallery
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Simplicity and efficiency are the key to this kitchen in the ultimate Eichler time capsule in Palo Alto, California.
Photo by Daniel Dent


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Concrete countertops and open shelving add some flair to this kitchen in a bright 600-square-foot studio in Philadelphia.
Photo by Heidi’s Bridge


Architect’s West Coast dream house rises in San Diego, Gallery
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For a vintage-inspired look, an architect added flat-panel, hemlock cabinets and a midcentury Chambers cooktop and oven in the kitchen of his San Diego dream home.
Photo by Darren Bradley


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Talk about a pop of color: This bright-orange enameled sink jazzes up an all-white kitchen, a “daily joy” to homeowners, John and Linda Meyers, the creative duo behind the soap and candle company Wary Meyers.
Photo by Tony Luong


Spoonflower exec crafts creative, colorful home in Chapel Hill, N.C., Gallery
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The “modern farmhouse” look is in full force at the charming North Carolina home of a pattern expert.
Photo by Peter Hoffman


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In the kitchen of this wine country ranch retreat, an elevated counter offers a spot for people to gather.
Photo by Jake Stangel


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A supersize island makes entertaining a crowd comfortable in this modern Nashville home.
Photo by Gieves Anderson


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A vintage range takes center stage in the kitchen of a musician’s gorgeous, vintage-filled apartment.
Photo by Carlos Chavarria


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The kitchen in this midcentury L.A. home is almost entirely original—and looks great as is.
Photo by Elizabeth Daniels


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A series of open shelving add extra functionality to the compact kitchen of an interior designer’s one-bedroom apartment in Oakland, California.
Photo by Aubrie Pick


Call of the wild in New Jersey, Gallery
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The truly unique kitchen island in this midcentury cabin in New Jersey was adapted from a century-old piano; the home belongs to a furniture designer, of course.
Photo by Ball & Albanese


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A wild ridged ceiling is no problem for this remodeled kitchen in a very special midcentury abode.
Photo by Patricia Chang


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An all-white, modern, and perfectly soothing kitchen in a Brooklyn townhouse? It can be done.
Photo by Devon Banks


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Peak time-capsule-kitchen status can be given to this vintage-tastic bachelor pad in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo by Mark Lipczynski


House Calls, Design Life, Gallery
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Wood and tile look real good together in an art director’s stylish Washington D.C. apartment.
Photo by Heidi’s Bridge


A Daring Concrete Home Rises on, and In, a Los Angeles Cliff, Gallery
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Housing a kitchen in a glass pavilion is not a bad idea, as evidenced in this daring concrete modern home in L.A.
Photo by Sam Frost


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How about a wall of cabinetry to add some extra storage? This Brooklyn rowhouse belonging to an architect does it well.
Photo by Gieves Anderson


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This renovated Craftsman home shows how to design a huge kitchen around a huge stove.
Photo by Elizabeth Daniels


House Calls, San Francisco, Dana Taylor Gallery
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Well, this is a dream color scheme: The sleek, lavender-fuscia kitchen in this converted warehouse home in San Francisco is simply stunning.
Photo by Carlos Chavarria


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This Manhattan apartment hides plenty of storage in the minimalist, seemingly monolithic kitchen.
Photo by Hallie Burton


Nailed it! A Victorian farmhouse finally shines, Gallery
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The fully renovated kitchen of this 1870s Victorian farmhouse in Northern California is a splendid blend of colors and materials.
Photo by Kim Carroll



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