The kitchen is the heart of the home — it’s where we pay our bills and do our homework, where we share the stories of our day as dinner is being prepared, where we have those important “kitchen table” conversations, where we make memories over favorite family recipes and dinners. And with the prevalence of open floor plans, designed for families and friends to gather together, more and more kitchens are becoming focal points for stunning design. So, modern homeowners want this hub of the home to be at once beautiful and functional — a place that is inviting and livable, but also aesthetically gorgeous.

So, we’re celebrating the heart of the home — and exquisite design — with a collection of Memphis designers’ favorite kitchen projects. From modern and sleek to rustic and charming, here are some truly fabulous kitchens.

15 Stunning Kitchens

Modern Delta Lake House Kitchen

This lake house, designed by John Harrison Jones Architect, is a sight to behold. In signature fashion, sole proprietor and principal architect John H. Jones creates stunning architectural environments that enhance their surroundings by complementing the landscape. So, it’s no surprise that John’s favorite thing about this project is “the astounding lake vistas.” And interior designer Elizabeth Malmo of Elizabeth Malmo Interior Design turns the rustic lake house feel on its head with a bright and airy, yet cozy and glamorous feel.

This striking kitchen is both glamorous and laid-back, sleek and cozy. Image: Selavie Photography

This striking kitchen is both glamorous and laid-back, sleek and cozy. Image: Selavie Photography

Jewel Box “Back Kitchen”

“Seems like the back kitchen is the new ‘it’ space,” says interior designer Selena McAdams of spruce. “The dramatic, moody little spot you retreat to in a large party with a fizzy cocktail. You know, the space where you hear all the laughter ringing from.” And this back kitchen certainly beckons us to gather with friends over a cocktail and laugh in her rich, blue jewel box surround.

Architect David Anderson and RKA Construction also worked on this arresting project. Image: Selavie Photography

Architect David Anderson and RKA Construction also worked on this arresting project. Image: Selavie Photography


Designer Selena McAdams admits of the fabulous blue in this space, “The deep blue lacquer steps it up a bit!” Image: Selavie Photography

Spacious Stunner

“It’s a bright and spacious kitchen with maximized storage opportunities throughout,” says Frank Gusmus of Gusmus Construction of this beautiful kitchen project he did in collaboration with Leslie Murphy of Murphy Maude Interiors. “The nine-foot-tall ceilings allowed for smaller display cabinets at the top, which is great for showcasing your better-looking glassware and china. The thicker custom countertops really stand out, and Leslie’s lighting selections really helped tie the space together.”

We love how bright and airy this kitchen is! Image: Selavie Photography

We love how bright and airy this kitchen is! Image: Selavie Photography

Lake Cabin Charm

Designer Greg Baudoin‘s lake cabin sings with personality. The small yet efficient space is perfect for weekends away from Memphis. We love how the clever storage touches double as decorative accents in this charming, white cabin kitchen.


For the small but efficient kitchen, floating shelves with glass inserts serve as storage space, and Old City Millwork built the custom cabinetry. Image: Julie Wage Ross


A clever vertical rack mounted to the kitchen wall next to the fridge is a wine rack that doubles as a pot rack. Image: Julie Wage Ross

Bright & White

This kitchen was a total renovation from an old, very yellow kitchen. “This kitchen was in the back of a very compartmentalized apartment and originally had zero natural light,” says interior designer Elizabeth Malmo of Elizabeth Malmo Interior Design. “Our first priority was to take out walls and bring in some natural light. And what a difference that made! We were lucky to have such a trusting client and loved collaborating with Kitchens Unlimited to design this beautiful kitchen!”


This kitchen is positively gleaming!


We love the gorgeous brass hardware throughout the space.

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Stainless steel appliances and chic lighting fixtures take this kitchen to the next level.

Sleek & Transitional

“The homeowner wanted a fresh, modern take on the cozy, traditional style of this home in High Point Terrace,” says designer Lana Zepponi Meyers, AKBD, of Kitchens Unlimited. “My favorite part about this project was transforming a small closed off kitchen with a pass through into an inviting kitchen open to the family room, ready for interaction and entertaining. The entire function of the kitchen changed, from the locations of the work centers to the amount of prep space and storage. This remodel included a fresh look as well as a new enjoyment of cooking for this client.”


“Neutral grays and classic marble are timeless, but the waterfall countertop and full height backsplash provide a modern edge,” says designer Lana Zepponi Meyers of Kitchens Unlimited.

Rustic Meets Traditional

Stately and elegant meets rustic and cozy in this beautiful kitchen designed by Cindy McCord of Cindy McCord Interior Design, Inc. in collaboration with the talented designers at Kitchens Unlimited, architect Brad Shapiro of Shapiro & Company Architects and builder Hank Hill of Hank Hill Custom Building. Natural light bathes the space from enormous windows over the kitchen sink, and a sizable island offers additional counter space to the already generously sized countertops. The kitchen’s clean, fresh lines are framed in a gorgeously textured reclaimed wood for an added dimension of rusticity. “The view out the window overlooking acres of farmland is simply beautiful,” says Cindy of the kitchen-sink view. “It’s a wonderful large working space and yet still inviting and warm!”


Neutral tones, beautiful light fixtures and textural wood elements bring a fresh take to this traditional kitchen. Image: Tom Bateman of Design Works


The lucky homeowner not only has ample countertop space but a breathtaking view from this kitchen sink. Image: Tom Bateman of Design Works

Beachy Retro-Chic Kitchen

When old friends asked Memphis interior designer Rhea Crenshaw to design their new beach house — in the Watersound community on Florida’s picturesque 30A — she knew the collaboration would be amazing. “We wanted it to feel more eclectic and throw a bit more personality into it — make it feel sort of old,” Rhea says of her friends’ second beach home. “Sort of like Harbour Island in the Bahamas or Old Palm Beach style.” The results are stunning and certainly personality-packed!


A rope-adorned geometrical light fixture lends a nautical feel to this kitchen, which also exudes a touch of European charm in the Parisian bistro chairs. Image: Julie Wage Ross


A built-in wet bar in the kitchen features cabinet doors with antiqued mirrored glass that reflects the light and the view. From the right angle, the doors reflect art pieces that previously hung in the homeowner’s mother’s beach house. Rhea incorporated pieces throughout the house that bring a generational feel. Image: Julie Wage Ross

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

This family farmhouse retreat in Somerville is not your average farm-style home. The homeowners wanted a crisp modern feel. “Clean lines are not always easy to achieve but we love the challenge, and this functional kitchen is one of our favorites,” says Ryan Anderson of RKA Construction. “The owners wanted to keep this space simple and accessible to the family to make optimum use of the kitchen while gathering on weekends and holidays. The birch cabinetry and open shelving, made by Midtown Cabinetry & Millwork, paired with solid surface countertops and backsplash mixed traditional and modern to create a sleek, clean-lined space.”


The deconstructed, open feel of this kitchen lends a sense of calm. Image: Stefanie Rawlinson Photography


The kitchen flows into the dining and living spaces, which are connected to the outdoors through a wall of windows. Image: Stefanie Rawlinson Photography

Glamorous Country Kitchen

Built for a family of five that frequently entertains groups both large and small, this home rests on 22 acres of bucolic land in Eads, TN. A collaboration between Nashville architect Brad Norris and Memphis interior designer Teresa Davis of Post 31 Interiors, this home, including its kitchen, is a perfect mix of rustic and chic. Above the island, two pendant fixtures feature clustered glass orbs that mimic the bold entry hall fixture. “It’s unexpected — kind of a surprise and a little bit of glamour on top of the rustic feel,” Teresa says.


The kitchen is a light-filled space thanks to wide sliding doors and a line of large windows that replace upper cabinetry. The French Lacanche range is topped by a custom-made hood created by David Doss. A pair of glass orb light fixtures echo the larger, similar pendant fixture in the main entry. Image: Emily Minton Redfield

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Clean & Classic

“The style of this space is classic with a contemporary, updated feel,” says interior designer Lisa Mallory of Lisa Mallory Interior Design. She collaborated with architect Charles Shipp and builder Tommy Byrnes. “Our clients wanted an open space to entertain their friends and family,” says Lisa. “Our goal was to come up with a plan and go beyond their expectations. Our clients trusted us completely on this job so we were able to give them our best work!”

"We also had to incorporate lots of storage, layering of textures and colors to add visual excitement," says Lisa. Image: Selavie Photography

“We also had to incorporate lots of storage, layering of textures and colors to add visual excitement,” says Lisa. Image: Selavie Photography

Cozy Family Kitchen

“My clients loved their kitchen but were ready for a makeover,” says Ann Nordeen Parker of Parker Design Studio of this Eads, TN home. “The basic DNA of the kitchen worked well, so there was no need to change the layout. The result maintains a strong connected thread to the rest of the home. We love how all the layers and patterns created a fresh and friendly hub of the home.”


An exposed brick wall and reclaimed wood beams anchor the space. Image: Selavie Photography

Airy & Modern

Clean lines define this modern kitchen. Cabinetry is cleverly placed below the countertops and along the wall where the refrigerator and oven are also housed, opening up the spaces above for a refreshing, airy feel that immediately lowers one’s blood pressure. “My favorite aspect of this kitchen is the clarity of the workspace,” says principal architect John H. Jones of John Harrison Jones Architect, who worked in collaboration with interior designer Lisa Mallory on this project.


A calming sage hue mixes with a crisp white in this modern kitchen. Image: Chad Melon


Suspended glass shelves offer storage and a view of the greenery beyond. Image: Chad Melon

Industrial Meets Bespoke

There is a reason commercial kitchens use stainless steel — it is an easy-to-clean, no-fuss material that maintains its quality over time. “The chic, clean look of stainless steel and slight reflective quality makes a kitchen sparkle in a timeless way,” says Gwen Driscoll of Driscoll Design & Decoration of the countertops and backsplash in her former kitchen. The custom-painted hood is a focal piece in this small, but efficient kitchen.


“It’s the best kitchen ever,” says Gwen of her former kitchen. “I miss it every day!” Image: Chip Pankey

Al Fresco Kitchen

This dreamy outdoor kitchen features a screened-in dining and living space, complete with a fireplace and a grill and smoker. “Having a good grill is important for an outdoor kitchen area,” says William Ware of Bishop Hearth & Home. “You want one that will last for a long time and perform well. And an outdoor vent hood is important to have, especially if you’re in a screen porch setting. It makes a big difference — it not only protects the structure of the house, but it keeps from smoking up that living space if you’re trying to cook and entertain at the same time.” It is the perfect space for entertaining and spending time with family all year long!


A wing of this roomy screened patio is the perfect spot for an outdoor kitchen. The outdoor vent hood lifts smoke away from the space, allowing the owners and guests to enjoy the porch while food is being prepared. Builder: Ken Garland | Architect: Charles Shipp | Decorator: Catherine Harris | Image: Backey Media Group

Now, are you ready for a kitchen makeover? We sure are!


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