Inspiring Kitchen & Bath Design Ideas

A well-designed bathroom can make you feel like you’re stepping into a spa. Smart kitchens flow, making you feel like an award-winning chef as you prepare dinner on a typical Tuesday. Every year, members of the Puget Sound chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association submit their top shelf work in hopes of snagging a coveted award. And we feature the award-winning local designs here.


1. President’s Award – Vawn Greany, CMKBD, of Collaborative Interiors, Co-designer: Trisha Gaffney of Collaborative Interiors • Builder: Potter Construction. Designer Vawn Greany was thrilled her clients were willing to be bold with design decisions. By repurposing the medicine cabinets, the designer created a peek-a-boo privacy shower and toilet area. The vanities have breathing room. The fixtures, tile, and open concept make it an award-winner. And that closet!

2. First – Open Floor Plan Large KitchenKristin Sakai of Sockeye Homes • Co-designer: Candace Nordquist, CKD, of Candace Nordquist Interiors • Builder: Sockeye Homes. When Kristin Sakai’s clients set out to remodel their dark 1950s-style kitchen, they wanted to take advantage of the beautiful lake views. By utilizing an open floor plan with plenty of seating and an array of windows that allows natural light to flow, Sakai created an airy, light space that’s perfect for daily living and large-scale entertaining.

3. Second – Open Floor Plan Large KitchenBeverly Bradshaw of Beverly Bradshaw Interiors • Co-designer: Vawn Greany, CMKBD, of Collaborative Interiors • Builder: Alliance Construction. Designer Beverly Bradshaw turned this small space into a bright, highly functional room with a modern flair. By removing three walls, she was able to add a buffet/bar that allows the family to hang out comfortably in the space and also entertain more. The addition of pull-out waste bins, tray dividers, a tip-out tray, and several large drawers provides accessible storage.

4. Third – Open Floor Plan Large KitchenShannon L. Cline, CMKBD, of John Henry Kitchen & Bath Design, Co-designer: Adele Wolford of Columbia Designs • Builder: Timeless Concrete Design Studio. Shannon L. Cline created an open dining and living space for her clients. An oiled wood bar gives the room an organic feature and complements the steel-clad beam above and geometric window and light fixtures.

5. First – Large KitchenSandra Gjesdahl of Bristol Design & Construction • Co-designer: Scott Gjesdahl of Bristol Design & Construction • Builder: Bristol Design & Construction. Sandra Gjesdahl used a combination of walnut and white oak to create a balanced and open area for the family to enjoy its lake home. Thanks to the careful integration of multiple work spaces and appliances, the multi-level kitchen is warm, welcoming, and functional.

6. Second – Large Kitchen. Shannon L. Cline, CMKBD, of John Henry Kitchen & Bath Design, Builder: Benson Construction • Metal Fabricator: Watson Architecture Iron Work. Shannon L. Cline was on a mission when creating this kitchen: her clients needed serious work space for food prep. By adding a second sink to the island and reworking the pantry to include a dedicated microwave and coffee-and-tea prep area, clutter was reduced and an uncomplicated and cozy kitchen was made. Mission accomplished.

7. Third – Large KitchenShannon L. Cline, CMKBD, of John Henry Kitchen & Bath Design, Builder: Even Stephen’s. Designer Shannon L. Cline had to keep nature conservancy in mind while designing this kitchen. Appliances were made thoughtfully and with low-energy consumption and high-quality materials. Lighting including adding LED replacement lamps, and Brazilian slate was used for the fireplace face.

8. First – Small / Medium KitchenJudith Wright Sentz of Judith Wright Design, Builder: Kearsley Homes, Inc. • Cabinetry: Woodway Woodworks and Cabinets. Designer Judith Wright Sentz turned this lackluster ’80s kitchen into a Tuscan-inspired dream kitchen by adding “sexy” cabinet drawers, millwork, crown moulding, and polished nickel hardware and fixtures. The delighted chef loves that her kitchen now matches the hand canvas murals of the Italian countryside that hang on the entry and dining room walls.

9. Second – Small / Medium KitchenVawn Greany, CMKBD, of Collaborative Interiors, Co-designer: Trisha Gaffney of Collaborative Interiors • Builder: Potter Construction. The owners of this kitchen love to cook and entertain. To accommodate their passions, designer Vawn Greany made space by tucking the wine cooler smartly under the new additional countertop space. Check out the cheers-worthy custom table made from a champagne rack. Pops of bright color give the space pizazz.

10. Third – Small / Medium KitchenLucy J. Johnson, CKD, of Lucy Johnson Interior Design, Builder: Built Square • Cabinetry: Duncan Woodworks. Lucy J. Johnson wanted to give her clients a contemporary kitchen using natural elements. To achieve her goal, Johnson used NAUF case material from a local cabinet company and added much-needed natural light to the space. The poplar wood floors coordinate with the vertical grain walnut cabinet slab doors.

11. First –Large BathroomKayron Brewer, CKD & CBD, of Studio KB, Builder: Vertical Construction Group. To create this English- inspired bath, Kayron Brewer used a freestanding tub, pedestal sinks, and a black and white color theme to give the attic space a little sophistication. To add drama, Brewer gave the traditional beadboard wainscoting a coat of “caviar” gloss black paint to help the white fixtures pop.

12. Second – Large BathroomShannon L. Cline, CMKBD, of John Henry Kitchen & Bath Design, Architect: James Stapper Architect • Builder: Gary Isaacson Construction. Shannon L. Cline used a dual-end claw-foot tub to suggest the opulence of an ancient Roman bath with a hint of Victorian nostalgia. An an old-style, solid wood, five-panel door and wood windows added to the historic feel. Heated floors provide a modern update that ooze comfort and luxury.

13. Third – Large BathroomBeverly Bradshaw of Beverly Bradshaw Interiors, Builder: Hupe Interior Woodcrafters. Beverly Bradshaw’s clients wanted to keep the classic feel of their 1920s home but introduce modern touches. To accommodate their wishes, Bradshaw used marble flooring and tiling to keep the classic feel, while adding new lighting to brighten the two vanities for his/her busy morning schedules.

14. First – Small / Medium BathroomRichard Landon, CMKBD, of Richard Landon DesignDesigner Richard Landon had his work cut out for him with a bathroom full of immovable elements, especially the 1928 cast-iron radiator. Landon turned the radiator into a towel warmer and added a running counter, wall-to-wall, to redeem the space around the radiator. Storage was maximized by adding drawers under the sink. And counter space was dramatically increased by extending “banjo” counters to both ends of the bathroom.

15. Second – Small / Medium BathroomLora Weaver of Inexteriors Design, LLC, Builder: Benton Development Inc. Designer Lora Weaver’s favorite part of the build was being able to artfully use the Azul and Thassos tile throughout the bathroom. She was able to add a large soaking tub without decreasing shower space. The enclosed wall shower was replaced with frameless glass to keep the small space feeling open and light.

16. Third – Small / Medium BathroomLeslie Jensen, CMKBD, of Signature Design & Cabinetry. Leslie Jensen’s clients wanted a kids’ bathroom that could grow with the family. For the home on the water, Jensen incorporated a beach theme and added ample storage for toiletries, towels, and bath toys. The white subway tile brightened the room and is easy to clean.

17. First – Powder RoomBeverly Bradshaw of Beverly Bradshaw Interiors, Builder: McKinney Group, Inc. Beverly Bradshaw was excited to turn this disjointed powder room and separate water closet into a little jewel box for her clients. Wood panels were added to each side of the mirror to add a “wow” factor, which was less expensive than the original plan of using tile. The homeowners had the chandelier installed to further “glam” up the space.

18. Second – Powder RoomVawn Greany, CMKBD, of Collaborative Interiors, Co-designer: Trisha Gaffney of Collaborative Interiors • Builder: Potter Construction. The homeowners dreamed of having a separate bath for guests to easily access while visiting. The designer visually enlarged the space by lengthening the mirror and flanking it with 27-inch sconces. Simple, clean fixtures and materials were used to keep the modern, refined style in sync with the the rest of the home.

19. Third – Powder RoomKristin Sakai of Sockeye Homes • Co-designer: Candace Nordquist, CKD, of Candace Nordquist Interiors • Builder: Sockeye Homes. The client asked for a guest powder room with all the comforts of modern day, but with an Old World Tuscan feel. To accomplish the task, intricate handmade terra-cotta tiles were used for the floor. A floating wine barrel with LED light holds a stamped-copper sink for the vanity and is complemented with an oil-rubbed bronze wall-mounted faucet to complete the room.

20. First – Other Rooms. Leslie Jensen, CMKBD, of Signature Design & Cabinetry. Leslie Jensen wanted to create a fun and functional laundry room for the homeowner’s growing family. The lovely shade of green set the tone of the room and the client was over the moon about the black-and-white rug. Along with a wall-mounted ironing board, plenty of counter space was added to fold clothes. A bench was added for easy shoe removal and storage.

21. Second – Other RoomsLeslie Jensen, CMKBD, of Signature Design & Cabinetry. To accommodate her clients’ collection of glass art and sculptures, Leslie Jensen set out to modernize the home while still keeping the space comfortable for family and friends. The fireplace was redesigned with special niches to showcase the homeowner’s custom-made art. The art areas are painted white and illuminated with lights to further highlight the art. The cabinetry was designed to blend and not distract from the homeowners’ unique style.

22. Third – Other RoomsKayron Brewer, CKD & CBD, of Studio KB, Builder: Sound Builders. Kayron Brewer’s clients were not happy with their small outdoor kitchen. With a long wish list of appliances, Brewer turned the outdoor space into something special by adding multiple work surfaces, grill, burners, a refrigerator, and a custom 24-inch ice bucket. The new outdoor kitchen can now accommodate 40 or more people with ease.

23. Honorary – Most Innovative Material CombinationDiane Gassman, CKD & CBD, of Interior Dimensions, Co-designer: Mel Archer of Pacific Design. Diane Gassman’s client was recently retired and ready to shake things up in her two-story home overlooking the Columbia River. Using local craftsmen and unique materials, Gassman recreated a European feel in the small kitchen with clean lines, and appliances hidden in plain sight.

24. Honorary – Coolest DetailDiane Gassman, CKD & CBD, of Interior Dimensions, Co-designer: Rachael Krall of Interior Dimensions. When Diane Gassman’s clients wanted a “mid-century” vibe for their ’60s waterfront home, she knew just the detail to really make the room shine: the Morocco redi-screen, wood painted wall panel was a groovy way to transfer natural light into the living room. Gassman was especially thrilled her clients embraced all the fun colors and patterns of mid-century design.

25. Honorary – Best Before / After TransformationKristin Sakai of Sockeye Homes • Co-designer: Candace Nordquist, CKD, of Candace Nordquist Interiors • Builder: Sockeye Homes. A 16-foot NanaWall showcases the natural beauty surrounding the home.

Photos courtesy Dale Lang of NW Architectural Photography; Roger Turk of Northlight Photography; Dale Lang of NW Architectural Photography; Jonathan Pece of Rocket Horse Photography; Cory Holland Photography; photo 6 & 7 by Jonathan Pece, Rocket Horse Photography; 8, 9, 10 by Dale Lang of NW Architectural Photography; Dan Farmer, Seattle Home Tours; Jonathan Pece, Rocket Horse Photography; Andrew Webb, Clarity Northwest Photography; William Feemster of Image Arts Photography; Cameron Elliot, Cameron Elliot Photography; Jeff Hobson, J. Hobson Photography; Tom Marks of Tom Marks; Dale Lang, NW Architectural Photography; Tod Sakai of Sockeye Homes; 20, 21 by Jeff Hobson, J. Hobson Photography; Eric Dennon of Dennon Photography; Diane Gassman; Doug Walker of Walker Photography; Roger Turk of Northlight Photography.

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