KraftMaid® Products Create Memorable, Functional Space in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

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May 19, 2014

Visitors to the San Francisco Decorators Showcase can truly say that the kitchen design highlighted in the $18 million estate overlooking the Bay is the kitchen of the year – House Beautiful magazine’s Kitchen of the Year, that is. This year, for the first time, the two projects have joined forces; with KraftMaid® Cabinetry products featured front and center.

Dubbed the “must-see destination for brilliant kitchen design and innovative culinary happenings,” by showcase officials, the kitchen and butler’s pantry, designed by Steven Miller of Steven Miller Design Studio in San Francisco, showcases a full array of KraftMaid Cabinetry products that enhance the architectural details of the 9,000 square-foot red brick estate while providing a high-level of functionality to the space, which includes a contiguous family area that sweeps out onto a deck with access to European-style gardens. 

“Mr. Miller worked with our talented design team to tease out the absolute best products and design combinations to create a space that really stands on its own – while perfectly complementing the existing architecture of the house,” says Karen Brawn, director of marketing for KraftMaid Cabinetry. “The use of our Harlowe Maple Door in our rich deep Onyx finish against both the lighter-colored interior walls and the red brick pulls together the look of a very large space without compromising his design goals. He went with a very bold look and it is spectacular.” 

The focal point of the kitchen is created on the cooking wall through the placement of cabinets featuring glass doors revealing custom Peruvian walnut shelves, adding a strong contrast within the cabinets themselves. Almost all of the cabinets do not have center stile doors, which allows for increased accessibility and a more custom feel.

More than any other place in the home, the kitchen has to marry form and functionality. And this kitchen is no exception. KraftMaid Cabinetry offers a vast line of products to support utility and beauty – many of which are featured in the San Francisco Decorators Showcase home. The kitchen includes a variety of storage solutions intended to help make the most out of every space. Included in the design are:

• Two double-bin wastebaskets to help the homeowner sort recyclables, compost and regular garbage

• Deluxe roll-out trays throughout to maximize storage and enhance accessibility

• Knife-cutting center and wood-tiered cutlery dividers to organize flatware

• Tilt-out and Sink base door to keep the under-sink area tidy

• Wooden lazy susan for extra storage space of frequently-used items

• Vertical tray dividers above the refrigerator to store infrequently-used oversized items like serving platters 

“At KraftMaid Cabinetry, we believe that kitchens have to look good and function even better,” Brawn says, “Mr. Miller really understands that symbiosis and used it expertly in this space.”

While the major features of the kitchen make the biggest statement, the detail pieces truly allow the design to flow beyond the kitchen. Matching appliance panels were incorporated through the archway between the kitchen and butler’s pantry to create a customized, built in look, while end of cabinet runs feature caps with integrated end panels to finish off the design. The look is carried into the sitting room/family area with a 40.5-inch high base cabinet and furniture drawer for the wet bar, which provides bar-height accessibility while maximizing storage space.

“The one prominent element that truly draws the entire design together is the large cove crown moulding used throughout the kitchen, butler’s pantry and sitting room,” Brawn adds. “Using the ceiling height crown moulding supports the custom, built-in look created with many of the other design elements and ties all of the spaces together, without being overwrought. That’s what good designers and good products do.” 

Miller, who has appeared on several HGTV shows, has owned Steven Miller Design Studio for more than 10 years and has a degree in Interior Architecture from the California College of Arts. He has been featured in the San Francisco Decorators Showcase in the past, although this is his first kitchen design for the program. Throughout his career, Miller has developed the theory that, “A healthy reverence for history doesn’t have to look dusty and tired and that contemporary design doesn’t necessarily have to be all cold and stark.” He practices this in the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year – which happens to be in a home built in 1907.


Tracy Riel, manager of design services for KraftMaid Cabinetry, worked with Miller on the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year design. Primarily responsible for product displays for dealer/retailer showrooms as well as KraftMaid Cabinetry product placements on nationally broadcast network television shows, Riel is a certified Kitchen Designer by NKBA and has a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase, featuring the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year will be open to the public for tours from April 26 to May 26 on Tuesdays through Sundays and on Monday, Memorial Day. Additionally, the showcase will host private functions for participants in the program as well as a Donor Gala and Opening Night Party. Proceeds from all events, as well as public tours, benefit the San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program.     

About the San Francisco Decorator Showcase

For the past 36 years, the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase has benefited San Francisco University High School's financial aid program, raising over $12.5 million and benefiting hundreds of students. Thanks to the generosity of the Showcase sponsors, the participation of hundreds of accomplished designers, the school's trustees, parents, faculty, alumni, students, friends, and the thousands of Showcase visitors each year, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase allows San Francisco University High School to offer financial aid to its students. It is through the community's continued support that quality education has been made available over the past three decades to hundreds of deserving Bay Area students

About KraftMaid Cabinetry 

KraftMaid Cabinetry leads the semi-custom cabinetry industry in innovative product design, offering the flexibility to create a space that perfectly fits any lifestyle and budget. With a robust collection of more than 55 on-trend door styles and more than 100 furniture-quality finishes, KraftMaid Cabinetry helps customers create the home of their dreams. Based in Middlefield, Ohio, KraftMaid® brand cabinetry is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit To stay in tune with the latest news and updates from KraftMaid Cabinetry, be sure to check out , , PinterestHouzz or the KraftMaid By Design blog.  

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