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Classic Style

The team at Showplace Cabinetry designs timeless kitchens that outlast fleeting trends

Article by Mary Barthelme Abel

Photography by courtesy Showplace Cabinetry

Originally published in Parker City Lifestyle

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When it comes to kitchen design, Jann Levinsky doesn’t think much of the word “trend.” An architect by training, Jann is the manager of Showplace Cabinetry Design Center. She and her design team—Jennie Claus, Lisa Parkinson and Karen Zirkle—help homeowners design classic, timeless kitchens that won’t need another remodel for decades.

With sky-high home prices and increasing interest rates, Jann’s team is pretty busy these days. “We have a lot of clients lately who have shopped around to buy new home only to discover it makes more sense to remodel their existing home,” Jann says. “And I say, if you like your neighborhood and you like your neighbors, stay put and remodel, because you're only increasing the value of your house.”

Renovating a kitchen can be a complicated and expensive investment, but Jann and her team are the experts who will guide overwhelmed homeowners through every step of the process—and that process starts with a visit to the Parker showroom, located at The Crossings at Stonegate on Lincoln Avenue. Filled with stunning kitchen vignettes, consumers are bound to see something that fits their new-kitchen vision.

For those who really don’t know where to start, Jann offers this tip: “Get on Houzz and Pinterest. If there's even just one element in that picture—a fixture, a tile, a color—print it and circle it so I know what you like and where your tastes are.”

But don’t worry (or consider yourself warned): Jann will not allow you to wander down the wrong path. “I don't do trends. The kitchen has to reflect the architecture of the house. I'm not going to take a craftsman house and throw in a very contemporary kitchen or bathroom. It just makes no sense.”

And if you think you can’t afford a professional kitchen designer, think again—what seems like an added expense will pay for itself with a smooth renovation process and years of enjoyment without regrets. So go ahead and take the first step—make an appointment with a kitchen designer.

If you think you can’t afford a professional kitchen designer, think again—what seems like an added expense will pay for itself with a smooth renovation process and years of enjoyment without regrets.

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(above image) Creating a Classic Kitchen

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1. White Always Works
White cabinetry is classic for a reason—because it always works. These Edgewater 275 cabinets from Showplace are painted a soft cream with a walnut brushing in a matte finish. 

2. Showcase Your Style
Including a few glass-front doors makes space for showing off your prettiest dishes and glassware. The seedy glass panels in these doors add a vintage touch.

3. Mix and Match
Why settle for one color of cabinetry when you can have two? The island cabinetry is rustic alder with a pecan stain, ebony stain and satin finish. Combining white and wood? Classic.

4. No-Frills Hardware
These simple, sturdy cabinet pulls by Schaub and Company have an oil-rubbed bronze finish, incorporating a little rustic flair in this Colorado kitchen.

5.Man vs. Nature
The perimeter countertops are a solid-color man-made quartz, which are durable and easy to maintain, while the island is topped with a beautiful, natural quartzite.

6. Make a Statement
This vent hood may look custom, but it’s actually one of Showplace Cabinetry’s standard hoods. A high-end range deserves a dramatic hood, and this one fits the bill.

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Previous page: The owners of this Parker kitchen didn't veer from the original layout, but the perimeter cabinetry was replaced with Showplace rustic alder, and the massive, 12-foot island was painted moss-green with vintage brushing. To open the space for multiple cooks, the range was replaced with a cooktop, while the oven and microwave were moved to the opposite end of the run.

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(above image) Timeless Touches

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Soft Touch
In a room made of hard surfaces and straight edges, choosing a backsplash tile with subtle color and curvy lines adds some much-needed visual softness.

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Pretty Pendants
Good, functional lighting is everything in a busy kitchen, but big kitchen islands topped with pretty pendants make the space warm and inviting.

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Chef's Dream
For serious cooks and avid entertainers, quality, high-end appliances are a must. And stainless steel will never go out of style.

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Meet the Showplace Design Team

Why should you hire a kitchen designer?

Jann Levinsky
A kitchen designer can create a detailed plan that works within a client's budget. We help make thoughtful decisions and have everything in place to avoid costly mistakes or changes. And we keep everything on track and on time.

Karen Zirkle
We see things from a different perspective. Our experience and training enable us to see details or imagine possibilities beyond what many contractors and/or clients can envision. We know how to balance different textures, colors, lines and overall scale.

Jennie Claus
We are here to help educate our clients with options they may not know exist, offer advice on how to improve the overall function of their kitchen, and coordinate all aspects of the project. Our job is to guide them in the right direction, one decision at a time.

Lisa Parkinson
Our clients have full access to our expertise and our commitment to designing a kitchen that functions properly and has the look and feel the client envisioned. Each of our designers listen and incorporate the client’s ideas with our knowledge to create something we know the client will love. 

Showplace Cabinetry Design Center of Denver
The Crossings at Stonegate
17051 East Lincoln Ave.
Parker, CO 80134

  • From left: Jann Levinsky, Karen Zirkle, Jennie Claus, Lisa Parkinson