KOTY 2014: Beach Chic

Platinum winner, Less than 200 square feet

Edited by Melissa Mauzy
Photography by Alise O'Brien


Beach Chic
Inspired by a painting purchased at the Clayon Art Fair, the homeowner of this University City bungalow was after a pretty and clean beach chic look for her kitchen update. To maximize every inch of the kitchen, Emily Castle, of Castle Design, removed a wall telephone niche, milk door, shallow built-in and an oddly placed laundry shute. Additionally, a wall was removed to open up the 163-square-foot space. Castle took advantage of six inches on both sides of the range by topping each with marble creating a pullout spice drawer on one side and a utensil storage on the other. A spacious eat-in island was built into the bay area providing needed workspace, additional storage and seating for three.

The selection of finishes truly brings home the beach chic look. A Vahara recycled glass tile backplash is reminiscent of beach glass one would find walking along the shore. The white Montclair honed Danby marble countertops provide a fresh and clean look. Natural roman shades, a hand-woven rug and natural hardwood floors bring in a sand-toned hue along with texture to warm the space.

Why the judges love it:
This is a safe yet forward kitchen that is comfortable for the Midwest. The layout is smart. A difficult space was made highly functional by removing a wall and taking advantage of the bay by converting it to an island. The color is amazingly soothing and balanced, and the subtle details such as the shades and rug illustrate the beachy feel.

Photography by Alise O’Brien.

Interior Design: Emily Castle, Castle Design, 314-727-6622
Cabinetry Designer and Supplier: BaumHouse Design, 636-225-9000
Contractor: Patrick Moore Contracting, 314-535-5000
Appliances: Authorized Builder Sales, 314-429-0972
Marble countertop, fabrication, installation: Stone Fabricators, 314-776-7776
Plumbing fixtures: Crescent Plumbing Supply, 314-727-4200
Electric: Mead Electric, 314-464-5111
Plumbing: Bill Dye Plumbing, 636-343-9399
Painting: Wagner Painting