We made the cover!!

Happy March!  We were delighted to discover we made the cover of St. Louis Homes & Lifestyle Magazine’s March Issue.  The cover story features our work on an art-deco inspired lower level in Town & Country.  Read the full article here.

View more pictures of the project on our Houzz page here.

Stay tuned for a full blog post on this amazing project!


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Best of Houzz 2015

Remodeling and Home Design
Remodeling and Home Design


Kitchen Liberty was just notified that we won Best of Houzz 2015 in BOTH award categories – Customer Service & Design.  We won these awards because our portfolio on Houzz “includes some of the most popular images and consistent reviews on Houzz in 2014.”

View our Houzz portfolio and read client reviews here.

Here’s to a fabulous beginning to 2015!



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The Paisley

This O’Fallon, MO kitchen has a classic plan you have probably seen at a friend’s house, if not your own. The inherent problem in these plans, is traffic flow. We made several modifications to the frame structures to eliminate 90 degree turns throughout the room. The old dry bar came out, 22 inch deep pantry was removed, and HVAC duct was moved. In order to seat 8 people and make cooking times conversational, we created a paisley shaped island with a downdraft cooktop.  The original refrigerator position became a tiled tower with cabinet and appliances. Our new refrigerator position allows “guests” to reach for their needs without pushing past the chef. This kitchen was the first to feature a new line of tile from Italy.  Look for the glossy accent pieces mixed in with the matte finished field. This is the first time we’ve ever created a 3 piece art deco crown molding of the vertical oriented type you see pictured. The porcelain floor was set by Barrale Brothers according to our custom arrangement.




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Leggy Lady’s Bath

A loving mother in Wildhorse Creek honored her daughter with this Italian New & Old bathroom for a princess.  Pupillo Home Improvement had worked in the home before, so top quality and efficient turnaround were expected – and delivered!  The vanity cabinet was custom-made to give an 1800s antique look, set in a modern European tiled-high dynamic.  The soothing palette and clean shower are accented with polished chrome feminine sculptural faucetry & accessories.  Princess approved!

Custom-legged vanity.  We are able to select custom legs and unique door styles to create a “leggy” cabinet for your powder room or daughter’s bath.

Pinwheel floor is matte with polished gray dots.

Shower in Calacatta polished porcelain.


Product selections and sketch phase.

Hand-picked Italian marble at the stone showroom.

Base of shower is low-profile man-made marble.

We found this in Taormina at a garage sale – wink!

Sconces are knock-out, feminine, and light the face well.

Banjo style natural marble for a lady’s cosmetics.

Real Italian Marble on “Coffee Grinds Cherry.”

Shampoo shelves and foot rest for shaving.

Small footprint, but this is quite a spa-like retreat.

Luxurious contours and crystal finial.

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The Canoe

**This kitchen won the Platinum award for Kitchen of the Year 2015 from St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles magazine!!  Read the magazine article here.**

Friends from Ladue sent this lovely, charming and dignified newly married couple from Richmond Heights our way with a joyful assignment: Take a 1937 multi-generational home with many original features, and make it Theirs, not solely His!  This couple entertains regularly.  They use the dining room just West of the kitchen for dinner guests, but the kitchen itself was shy on preparation space or any central gathering spot for conversation.

The Canoe serves as their desired gathering spot, with comfortable traffic flow on all sides, and doubles as a wonderful prep island just across from the new Jenn-Air downdraft range.

We encouraged our newlyweds (although senior to me-congratulations!) to keep the wall dividing kitchen from breakfast room.  They wanted to expand by removing this wall or pushing the exterior to the East.  An addition would run up the price of remodeling dramatically.  But we were confident that the 1937 spaces were well-suited to conversation and for daily joys of the Love Nest: a cup of coffee on a Cherry Wood breakfast table, looking out the window to the pool while preparing the meal, reading the paper on the window seat or chatting.

The roughly 10 foot East wall allowed little room for prep work, and the soffit and poor lighting made the whole place a bit dreary.  My desire as the designer was to draw heavily from inspiration in 1930s automobiles.  I showed images to my clients of awesome old cars like the Phantom Corsair and others of that era – proving to them how “modern” was the aesthetic when their home was built.  Thus, I justified the curvy reformulation of this stunning new arrangement.  Special attention to positioning, plaster curves, feats of tiling, framing and trim were overseen by Keith Johnson of Johnson Interior Improvements.   (There is 1 cabinet in the room that’s set flat to the wall).

The arched doorways sort of blended out of view before, but we placed everything to highlight them, and used a color of paint that energizes the shapes of the plaster and feels current, but classic at the same time.

Moving room to room felt awkward at points like this where cabinets and counters were thrusting into hips rounding the corner at the doorway.  We are very careful to make sure that movement comes first in our kitchen projects.  When the people move comfortably, any space feels larger and more peaceful.

This custom-designed Cherry table rendered by Pete Voss has become the favorite respite of our Lady of the Manor.  The built-in Banquette draws one magnetically to take in the dappled sunshine and stay awhile in repose.  We shaped the lumbar support so that sitting back feels therapeutic.

Part of the magic of this Breakfast Room is the position of the legs at the ellipse table top.  2 couples  may enjoy drinks or breakfast on a weekend visit and no one is ever trapped on the bench.  The passage from front hall through Breakfast room to Kitchen is quite roomy and relaxed. The glass tile is Hirsch – Thanks, Ashley, as always! The fabric is by Kravet.

I (JC) created a Terra Cotta potted garden on the window sill/plateau corner featuring epiphytes and succulents that only require a spray of water twice each week for maintenance.  The various epiphytes (Bromeliads) will bloom at different times of year.  This combination of a North and East window provides the 8-10 hours of light these plants like without scorching them.

Granite: Hawaii.  Cherry and painted maple cabinets. Porcelain tile floor.  Ceramic herringbone backsplash.  Paint by Benjamin Moore. Silgranit sink and Blanco color-matched faucet. Appliances by Jenn-Air and Fisher & Paykel. Chrome Ellipse knobs from Locks & Pulls Design Elements. All lighting is LED. Thanks to Keith, Brad, Tyler and the incomparable Anne Matheis for these photographs.

If you are considering an addition project for your kitchen, we may be able to save you tens of thousands by redesigning within the 4 existing walls of your home.  Ask any question you like by emailing to JC@KitchenLiberty.com

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