stunning traditional kitchens

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I am a designer by trade and my primary focus is kitchen design. So, it might not come as a surprise to most people that when it comes to spending time looking over design magazines, I devour kitchen photos, traditional kitchen photos to be exact.

The other day I came across this beautiful article in Architectural Digest (probably don’t need to use the word ‘beautiful’ if Architectural Digest is also in the sentence, right?) that grabbed me and wouldn't let go until I promised to would share it with you. So here you go... oh, and you're welcome!

New trends come and go every day, but investing in a traditional kitchen that unites timeless decorative details and easy functionality is a no-brainer. The elegant aesthetic may look simple but every element is carefully considered.

In a traditional kitchen, the cabinets feature stylish glass fronts or touches of ornate molding, the pendant lights are architectural statements, and the countertop is crafted of the most luxurious stone or dark-stained wood. Together, these details create a warm, cozy hub of the home that also happens to be sophisticated and streamlined.

Here are some of the photos that Architectural Digest selected as top contenders for stunning traditional kitchens.

Architect Robert A.M. Stern helped reconfigure his son's 19th-century Greenwich Village residence as an exquisite family home. The kitchen features a Wolf cooktop and hood.

In a Hamptons Shingle Style dwelling designed by Juan Montoya, the kitchen is painted in a Farrow & Ball white and features Roman shades in an Old World Weavers fabric.

After replacing the linoleum flooring and metal cabinets in the kitchen of an apartment in Manhattan's Pierre Hotel, designer Alexa Hampton installed a cooktop and ovens by Gaggenau, Waterworks sink fittings, and a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator.

At a Hamptons getaway decorated by Matthew Patrick Smyth, black-granite counters and backsplashes offset white cabinetry in the kitchen, which features a bespoke hood; the range is by Wolf, and the dishwashers are by Miele.

Cox London light fixtures hang in the kitchen and the breakfast area of a grand London townhouse transformed by designer Hubert Zandberg.

In architect Jim Joseph and musical theater composer Scott Frankel's historic Livingston, New York, house, the kitchen’s glazed cabinets were fashioned from antique windows. Above the island hangs a copper lantern, and the drop-leaf breakfast table is Federal.

In business executive David Jimenez's Kansas City apartment, the kitchen is outfitted with custom RH cabinetry; the lantern is by Williams-Sonoma Home, and the sink fittings are by Grohe.

Designer Douglas Durkin transformed this formal Bay Area house with soft colors and subtle textures. An Ann-Morris light fixture presides over the island in the kitchen, which also includes a Waterworks-tile backsplash, a Wolf range, and Erika Brunson chairs upholstered in a Rose Tarlow Melrose House fabric.

The kitchen in late fashion designer Vince Camuto’s Hamptons estate, painted in a Benjamin Moore white, features custom-made holophane lights by Ann-Morris Antiques and cabinetry by Eppley Building & Design; the oak bench and ebonized bobbin chair are antique.

The cabinetry in designer Timothy Corrigan’s Los Angeles kitchen is awash in Farrow & Ball paint in shades of white and green; a set of antique Mexican Talavera plates is arrayed against the backsplash.

The kitchen of a Philadelphia home by designer Thomas Jayne features mahogany cabinetry inspired by 18th-century models and is outfitted with Miele ovens, a Viking cooktop, and Rohl sinks with Dornbracht fittings.

In the Houston home of decorator J. Randall Powers, Knoll's Brno chairs surround an antique table in the kitchen, where Powers paneled the ceiling and installed cabinets whose rich gray-green hue gives the space a sense of intimacy; neolithic Chinese pottery is displayed at the top of the upper cabinets, and the hood, ovens, and range are by Thermador.

At the kitchen island of the Regency-style Atlanta house of designer Suzanne Kasler, the barstools are ones Kasler designed for Hickory Chair; the cabinetry is by Downsview Kitchens, the sink fittings are by Michael S. Smith for Kallista, and the tile is by Waterworks.

Architect Allan Greenberg devised the kitchen cabinetry of this Houston home decorated by Elissa Cullman; the light fixtures are by Ann-Morris Antiques, the range is from EuroChef USA, the wall oven is by TurboChef, and the sink fittings are by Waterworks.

A bespoke Ann-Morris pot-rack light fixture is suspended in the kitchen of a Hamptons retreat decorated by Carrier and Co.; the backsplash tiles are by Country Floors, and the double range is by BlueStar.

OK, I think you are going to have to give me a minute here to catch my breath.

Which one would you choose as your favorite?  I have a couple but my Number One would have to be Carrier and Company.  Absolute perfection, in my opinion.