This Overland Park home’s kitchen will make you lose your marbles—or, rather, make you want to cover your own kitchen in marble.
The space, which was nominated for the 2022 HGTV Designer of the Year Awards in the Kitchen and Dining category, was designed by local group McCroskey Interiors, helmed by Laura McCroskey.
HGTV’s annual awards feature world-class designs selected by the home and garden giant’s audience and editors. More categories in the annual contest include Living Large in Small Spaces, Color and Pattern, and Waterside Retreats.
“[The client] had one request: to have a well-organized gathering place perfect for her family’s needs,” McCroskey says. “We leaned into a French modern aesthetic to govern the remaining kitchen design.” McCroskey’s passion for cooking also helps tremendously in her kitchen designs. “I’m always walking a recipe out in a kitchen to make sure the design flows as one’s cooking should.”
Although the dreamy OP kitchen didn’t win in its category, it—and McCroskey Interiors—has received national attention, and McCroskey says to stay tuned because the firm’s national reach is only growing.
That reach will also grow thanks to McCroskey’s just-launched line of quality, in-home art pieces curated, printed and framed by professional designers. “We noticed there was a high demand for quality in-home art,” McCroskey says. “Access was limited, and prints from retailers couldn’t offer the level of refinement needed to meet the standards for quality art.”
The hidden pantry is tucked behind the kitchen. Its cabinets are embedded with mirror-paneled doors and a wood finish, and black-and-white checkered floor covers the ground. “[The pantry] gives the client plenty of room to make a mess behind the scenes when hosting,” McCroskey says.
The counter stools complement the waterfall kitchen island—the room’s focal point—where the client’s children sit and do homework or arts and crafts. The island’s marble is a greige-veined Calacatta Vagli marble sourced from Italy, which adds warmth against the kitchen’s contemporary white cabinetry.
Sliding panels, made from the same Calacatta Vagli marble as the island, offer easy access to a trove of spices and other cooking essentials. McCroskey spotted this panel idea, which originated with German kitchen manufacturer SieMatic, during her travels. It’s become a staple in her designed kitchens.
“The original construction documents for this kitchen showed a fourteen-foot vaulted ceiling, which is extremely hard to design a kitchen around,” McCroskey says. She decided to replace the original concept with a coffered ceiling. The result is a classic, timeless design that ties in the French details of the space.