Every summer, the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year makes its debut right outside Rockefeller Center in New York City. Every year, it’s a collection of stylish trends, smart solutions and inspiring ideas. This year’s kitchen, designed by Mick De Giulio, is no exception.

The 1,000-square foot space boasts a sitting area, dining room, kitchen and prep space, butler’s pantry and outdoor patio that puts my personal indoor kitchen to shame.

The eclectic blend of white hues, shiny finishes and endless storage makes for a kitchen that feels clean, classy and organized.

Entering the space, you can’t help but look skyward. Exposed wood beams and a space-enhancing cupola add architectural appeal and fill the entire kitchen with natural sunlight.


The kitchen island blends dark wood with Ceasarstone’s 1650 Fair Lady countertop in quartz, adding both interesting detail and visual cues to help separate the dining area from the prep area. Mick de Giulio’s Multiere sink from Kallista serves as the workhorse of the space, offering multi-tiered storage, a sliding cutting board, colander holder and flatware tray for rinsing cutlery.

Mick’s prep area boasts plenty of open storage, backed by Ann Sacks shimmering Davlin tile in white goldleaf. The backsplash even slides left and right, allowing you to tuck away appliances when not in use. The Iron/Tone sink in Annapolis Navy is part of the collaboration between Kohler and Jonathan Adler, and adds a surprising pop of color.

The butler’s pantry is truly jaw-dropping. Windowed cabinets, abundant storage, and a colorful cove ceiling draw you in, but perhaps the most stunning feature is the hammered stainless steel countertop, accented with a cast iron sink from the collection of KOHLER Colors featuring Jonathan Adler.


Of course, no kitchen is complete without the proper storage. Each drawer and cabinet offers smart storage for everything from utensils and spices to pot lids and linens, for a kitchen that’s truly clutter-free.


Mick’s approach to the Kitchen of the Year highlights his eye for elegance and simplicity. “Kitchens can get very complicated,” says De Giulio. “I wanted to keep this simple and classic.”