Glen Ellyn, IL (PRWEB) May 03, 2013
The 2013 NKBA Design Contest results are in! After judging over 400+ kitchen and bath design projects from the U.S. and Canada, a panel of National Kitchen and Bath Association [NKBA], industry experts selected two Drury Design client projects as winners in the Before and After Bath and Large Kitchen categories. Brigitte Fabi, CMKBD [Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer] designed each of the winning Drury Design client projects. View Drury Design's Chicago kitchen and bath design gallery.
A luxurious natural spa won the before and after bath design competition. An Arts and Crafts kitchen in a Chicago loft inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh won third place in the large kitchen design category. Since 1998, Drury Design has received over 50 NKBA kitchen and bath design awards. Founded by Gail Drury, CMKBD in 1987, Drury Design was also recently recognized as one of Trends Top 50 American design studios.
“We take great pride in announcing to the public the topnotch kitchen and bath designers that our industry has to offer,” said 2013 NKBA President John K. Morgan in an NKBA 2013 Design Competition Winners press release. “Hundreds of entries are received every year, and our designer members continue to impress. The competition this year boasted of innovative concepts, creative expressions and cutting-edge designs.”
Gail Drury, President and Creative Director of Drury Design states, “We are very proud of Brigitte for receiving not one, but two, 2013 NKBA kitchen and bath design awards – a first for our firm. Whenever we win awards however, I am reminded that it would not be possible without our clients. We are so fortunate to work with incredible clients whose vision inspires our designers and powers our team's results."
Brigitte has won numerous awards for her work, including a first-place in the NKBA Midwest Design Vision Awards. Brigitte says, “It’s always exciting to get a pat on the back from your peers and clients, but it does get a bit daunting when you think of all the incredible projects that were submitted. To know that they chose mine above all these other wonderful designs, is very gratifying, but very humbling.”
From top to bottom, this kitchen reflects the homeowners’ love of the Arts and Crafts era. Inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an Arts & Crafts pioneer often referenced as the European counterpart to Frank Lloyd Wright, it was important to be as historically accurate as possible while incorporating all of the modern conveniences needed today.
The winning large kitchen design features a beautiful, mellow toned quarter sawn oak for the bulk of the cabinetry with black, hickory cabinets as accents. Authentic Motawi tiles bring in beautiful, rustic Arts and Crafts colors in mustard yellows, greens, flat blacks, and rich reds. A wrap-around, built-in banquette easily seats eight, but could accommodate up to 12 or 14 people. Storage drawers under the seats maximize every inch of space.
To aid in the efficiency of entertaining guests, a secondary kitchen with a wet bar leads directly into the dining room and living room. This area provides an additional work space for a caterer with an extra oven, wine storage and floor to ceiling cabinetry to tuck away fine china, crystal and wine glasses.
As a busy young couple with three very small children, the homeowners dreamed of replacing their cold and cavernous bathroom with a new bathroom that would become their in-home oasis. In their ultimate relaxation space, they pictured a modern, but warm environment with natural materials and a private shower retreat.
The winning bathroom design features a soothing, neutral color palette using only natural materials including slate tiles, a “rug” of pebbles, walnut cabinetry, a teak ceiling, and limestone counters; all contribute to the calming environment.
The private shower is the perfect place to recharge or unwind with six body jets, a stationary showerhead, large rain head, hand-held shower, and an integrated steam unit. An elegant soaking tub frames the view from a prominent picture window.
Drury Design's Client Focused Design™ approach integrates design recommendations, materials selection and construction management into one seamless customer experience from design concept to materials selection to complete installation.
Drury Design’s media mentions include 50 Dream Kitchens, Better Homes and Gardens, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Country Home, Chicago Home and Garden, Daily Herald, HGTV, Distinctive Kitchens, Kitchen and Bath Business, Kitchen and Bath Custom Planner, Kitchen and Bath Design News, Liberty Suburban’s New Homes, Professional Builder, Qualified Remodeler, Shelter, Women’s Day, West Suburban Living, Trends, Luxe Magazine, HGTV.com and Kitchens.com.
Located at 512 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio is one of the largest showrooms in the Midwest. To interview Gail Drury, CMKBD, about kitchen, bath and home design trends or to request permission to use an image, contact Jim Drury at 630.469.4980. View Drury Design's kitchen and bath design portfolio at http://www.drurydesigns.com/portfolio/.
About The National Kitchen and Bath Association
Celebrating 50 years in 2013, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963. NKBA’s mission is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.