Meghan Browne brings light and functionality to a compact kitchen in Chevy Chase.

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Small Kitchen—First Place

To make a small kitchen in Chevy Chase light and accessible, designer Meghan Browne first removed a wall separating the kitchen and family room, flooding both spaces with natural light. She then added a door to the dining room from the kitchen’s prep area for better flow between spaces. A cleverly planned layout concentrated the sink, dishwasher, double ovens and refrigerator along one wall—where Browne was able to create more functional storage by placing the sink off-center beneath the window to accommodate a larger lower-level cabinet.

Crisp, white floor-to-ceiling cabinetry by Decor is combined with a glazed ceramic subway-tile backsplash and honed Calacatta marble countertops to create a clean-lined, transitional look. Along one wall, the cabinetry is stained dark with frosted-glass doors that display dishware and decorative objects. An island with an extra-thick countertop provides space to eat as well as work, while airy, geometric pendants add a final, modern touch.

The Details KITCHEN DESIGN: Meghan Browne, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd., Chevy Chase, Maryland. CONSTRUCTION: Paul Lappas, Lappas Construction Co., Bethesda, Maryland. CABINETRY: APPLIANCES:, COUNTERTOPS: BACKSPLASH: