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Alison Victoria's Best Kitchen Design Ideas

The host of Windy City Rehab is all about turning timeworn homes into the neighborhood dazzlers, and her killer kitchens stand at the heart of those makeovers. We’ve collected her very best HGTV kitchen designs.

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New Recipes for Classic Ingredients

What does the quintessential Chicago-style kitchen look like? Alison Victoria’s so glad you asked. On Windy City Rehab, she combines historic elements and design motifs with contemporary layouts and amenities to suit 21st-century palates — and the spaces she serves up won’t spoil over time. If your own kitchen feels a bit bland, consider this a tasting menu of her very best work; then re-season to taste.

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Photo: Big Table Media. From: Alison Victoria.

Heirlooms for Entertaining

Alison demolished an awkward wall between this home’s kitchen and living room to create an airy and integrated cooking, gathering and dining space. She installed an expansive island with intricately carved legs and a gloriously veined slab of stone, then topped the range with a copper hood that will develop an ever-more-excellent patina as the years go by. Countertop-to-ceiling cabinets create a symmetrical frame for the hood and offer all the storage a host could need.

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Photo: Big Table Media. From: Alison Victoria.

Strategic Play

Tasked with taking this kitchen down to the studs and fulfilling her clients’ dream of checkerboard flooring, Alison delivered a design that’s sophisticated and whimsical all at once. She sidestepped retro-kitsch by pairing the graphic treatment with clean and decidedly contemporary finishes like a counter-to-ceiling backsplash of white subway tiles, a sleek and squared-off brass hood and a luxe range with warm hardware.

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Even More Mantel

We mean it: This repurposed mantel calls for extended meditation. Installed here, it lends the space the gravitas of a much older and more traditional kitchen, where an inset hearth would function as the principal cooking area. Although in this case, Alison installed a modern exhaust system, created contemporary nooks for gourmet supplies and used inset task lighting to dramatize the pale stone she chose for a backsplash.

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