Design + Decor, Kitchens

How to Create the Kitchen of Your Dreams: Part 1

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien


One of the biggest remodeling projects most homeowners tackle at some point is the kitchen.  A major investment of time, energy and money, renovating your kitchen is the best interior remodel to help your home’s resale value, in addition to giving you years of enjoyment.

As soon as the holidays are over, designers start getting calls for first quarter remodeling projects, and the kitchen is always one of the most popular rooms on the list.

There is no way I can write just one blog post about all the myriad necessities and possibilities that are part of the kitchen remodel process.  So this will be the first of a series of posts to acquaint you with all the best and brightest ideas you should consider.

Today I’m sharing an overview of features I will discuss in future posts.  If you are thinking of a new kitchen in 2021 this is the place you need to be!  Even if you aren’t ready to gut your kitchen you might find a few easy updates or minor changes you can make to tide you over another year before the BIG project.


Let’s start with what trends are fading fast…..

  • The all-white kitchen is OUT!
  • Stainless steel appliances are OUT!
  • Spaces devoid of color – Out!
  • Spaces devoid of beautiful details – OUT!
  • Grey is OUT!

Yes, you read that correctly – the days of only grey and white kitchens are gone, baby, gone!  I’m so ready for something different!

Now that we have that shocker out of the way let’s take a look at the features that are taking over.


COLOR WITH A CAPITAL “C” – I’m so happy to be able to tell you that color is back in the kitchen.  I love the rich color used on the cabinetry in these two kitchens. Isn’t the blue lacquer fantastic?

You will see some more great examples of how to use color in the rest of this post. We will delve further into colorful kitchens in a future post.

Even just a pop of color can make all the difference.

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COUNTERTOPS – Move over granite…there are so many fabulous choices for countertops today. Manufactured quartz with marble veining tops the list as one of our favorite looks for counters.

Mixing materials is also a popular way to add interest to countertops. Loving the contrast of the wood with the white quartz on the island in the kitchen on the right.

APPLIANCES + RANGE HOODS –  One of the more unusual places to see color is in your appliances.  If this doesn’t do anything for you, appliances with cabinet fronts or totally hidden in cabinets is also trending.

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BUTLER’S PANTRIES – I am seeing whispers of more formal trends coming back, one of which is the butler’s pantry.  If you have a large enough home for this wonderful space between the kitchen and dining room, take advantage of it.

I’m loving the glass doors with black steel frames and wood and marble accents on the butler’s pantry on the left. In contrast, the butler’s pantry on the right, with its deep lacquered blue cabinetry and black and white checked floor, is much more traditional.

CHINA STORAGE – Another more formal trend, the china closet is only needed if you are a china hound, but it’s such a stunning way to show off your beautiful pieces.  I may not use my formal china and crystal often but I so enjoy being able to see it every day.

The china closet on the left is so stunning. Black velvet lines the shelves making the homeowner’s cherished pieces really pop.

And what about the china closet on the right? I mean that is a china closet!

PANTRIES + LARDERS – Many of you probably have a regular pantry (one that stores food items not serving dishes like a butler’s pantry). But what about a larder cupboard? These classic storage areas are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Know the difference? I’ll be discussing how to choose between these two storage options (larder on the left; pantry on the right) in a later post!

Note the beautiful archway in the walk in pantry on the right!

COFFEE STATIONS – Need I say more?  America is obsessed with coffee.

The coffee station on the left is one we created for a client with limited space in her kitchen.

The station on the right fits perfectly within the cabinetry.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Matt Hughes


Interior Design by Swoon Interiors | Architectural Design by Plain & Posh


ISLANDS – Islands are one of the perfect places to add something unique to your kitchen, be it stone, wood, bar stools, or a combination of these.  And why stop at one island if you have space for two?

This bright blue island we designed for a client is a showstopper in their kitchen.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien


Silver & Gold! Both of these islands use glam materials to amp up the style volume and add a glitzy touch. The silver island on the left is a beautiful addition to this eclectic space and a great foil for the exposed white brick. The gold island on the right adds punch to a more rustic style kitchen.

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In this kitchen, designer Emily Henderson gave the space a farmhouse vintage vibe with this awesome wooden island.

OPEN SHELVING VS. GLASS DOORS VS. SOLID WOOD DOORS – Lots to discuss here in a future post so you understand why and when to incorporate these choices into your kitchen.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman


SOPHISTICATED STORAGE – I am continually amazed at all the creative storage ideas people in this industry conjure up.  I’ll show you my favorites in a later post, but here are two to whet your appetite.

The photo on the left is one of our projects. In a smallish kitchen, we “found” extra storage space by creating a corner of chevron drawers, where there wasn’t room for a Lazy Susan. Practical…plus they look really cool 😉 .

And I’m loving the sleek storage option in the photo on the right.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Matt Hughes


OVERALL STYLE – There are so many choices on kitchen style, that I’m not even going to show you a photo right now. In my opinion, kitchens are becoming more and more interesting, so I’ll have lots of style options to show you later in this series. Stay tuned!


There you have it.  So many things to discuss.  If you can’t tell already, kitchens are a favorite of mine to design.  The heart of the home deserves a lot of attention in order to make sure it has all the proper function and fabulous design that it deserves.

If you’re ready to make yours great, give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email. Even though it’s the holiday season, we can still get the ball rolling so your brand new kitchen will be a bright spot in 2021!

By the way, we’re back running full speed at Marcia Moore Design, but if you still prefer to work virtually, we understand and can do that, too. Whatever works best for you and makes you the most comfortable is great with us.

Stay safe and healthy,

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