Designer Spotlight | Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Photography by John Cole
Renowned designer, Jennifer Gilmer, has created innovative, high-end kitchen designs for twenty years. Gilmer’s mother was the first female draftsman in the aerospace industry. Inspired by her mother’s legacy and exposure to drafting, Gilmer began Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in December of 1997. Appearing in numerous publications and receiving many awards, we are excited give you a glimpse of Jennifer Gilmer’s work.
Red always makes for a statement piece, but red crocodile cabinetry? Gilmer made sure this design turned heads! The island is complete with a Raven bar, the perfect spot to watch the chef in action or enjoy hor d’ouvres.
Photography by John Cole
Gilmer’s secret is working with a team. This design was completed with the help of Sarah Turner, contractor Paul Lappas, and staging by Charlotte Safavi. If you’re hunting for another secret- just look at the genius cabinetry and hidden pulls!
A major flood led this Georgetown homeowner to renovate her kitchen to better suit her active family. She wanted a warm European feel with clean lines and lots of counter and storage space. Gilmer and Paul Bentham paired smoky woodgrain melamine cabinetry with high gloss brown-grey uppers. For a sleek look, they topped it off with Haze counters and a waterfall-edge island.
Deep, wide drawers in the base units are accessed with uniform 12” pulls that complement the horizontal wood grain. Tall pantry storage on both sides of the kitchen make access convenient for both the cook and kitchen visitors, with a deep corner countertop pantry to conceal small appliances. You can say every detail is well planned.
Gilmer also creates more “transitional” designs too. This all-white kitchen with paneled appliances invite a cohesive, warm feel. London Grey counters give the kitchen a little pop of color.
As kitchen fanatics, we’re in love with the finer details such as this custom hood and thoughtful storage solutions (who doesn’t love a good breadbox!). Jennifer Gilmer worked with Thorsen Construction for this beautiful design.
Gilmer extended the white cabinetry to the master bathroom vanity and topped it with Quartz Reflections. The three mirrors give us a glimpse at the other side of the room- a large shower with matching subway tile as seen in the kitchen and plenty of open shelves for towels.
Gilmer created a rustic-meets-elegant kitchen by breaking down walls, creating an open floor plan, and adding cottage style windows to bring in natural light.
The client didn’t want the kitchen too exposed to the cooking area on the back wall, so Gilmer and Meghan Browne raised the height of the thick Pure White breakfast bar. The team made it look like a table but attached it to the island, then added driftwood legs for more character. Genius!
How do you make a functional kitchen appear like an extension of the living room, make the room look longer without adding a square foot, and reduce the number of cabinets while increasing storage? Just ask Jennifer Gilmer and Sarah Turner! They replaced the traditional pantry door with a hidden door painted the same color as the surrounding wall then added larger cabinetry and a fully integrated fridge and freezer drawers.
Now take a closer look- the kitchen is complete with Lagos Blue, and so is the sink! Talk about creating a seamless look! The team also added a waterfall edge, double ovens, a built-in espresso machine, and wine fridge for easy entertaining.
Color lovers unite! Gilmer made this kitchen pop with a bright orange backsplash and contrasting dark zebra cabinetry. Blizzard was used for the perimeter while a dark Caesarstone quartz was integrated with the island.
When working on a kitchen in a Ritz Carlton complex, you must be on your A-game. And that she was- mixed cabinetry, Caesarstone quartz counters, and an overall sleek look. We’re in!
If you want an even sleeker design, make your way into this Chevy Chase kitchen! In the middle is a long, beautiful island topped with Eggshell and a waterfall edge. Gilmer worked with designer Sarah Turner for this bright and modern design.
We complete the tour with a kitchen that won Honorable Mention- Large Kitchen in the NKBA Baltimore/ Washington Chapter Design Contest in March 2016. With the help of Paul Bentham, Gilmer took over the existing dining room to create one large contemporary kitchen. To make the room feel infinitely larger, the team played with reflections to give the island the illusion it floated. The dual level island and perimeter features Calacatta Nuvo tops that were grain matched and mitered to form waterfalls on both ends.
Congratulations to Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath for a wonderful 20 years!
All photography by Bob Narod unless otherwise stated
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