House Beautiful 2019's Kitchen of the Year

House Beautiful 2019's Kitchen of the Year

Taken too literally, kitchens can be spartan, as functional as garages—and just as eye-catching. Not so in the homes of itinerant designer Michelle Nussbaumer. “I’ve held the line in maximalism for the last 30 years,” says the dynamo behind Ceylon et Cie, the 11,000-square-foot Dallas showroom.

Nussbaumer stuck to a mantra—“Do things that are not trendy, things you actually respond to”—while outfit­ting the newly converted warehouse home she and her husband, Bernard, own in Dallas. She installed what amounts to four kitchens: The main one (with a walk-in porcelain pantry) and a speakeasy occupy the first floor, while upstairs is a full art kitchen and a cocktail bar for entertaining.

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