Using Cabinetry To Make An All-White Kitchen Interesting


This classically sleek, all-white kitchen is located in a British West Indies-style home in Southwest Florida.

It was designed by Missi Davis, CKD (photo below), who came to the project when decorator Joan Simonsen-Hickok asked her to consult on a client’s house plans.

“[The kitchen] did not work in terms of the client’s needs,” says Davis, who ultimately was hired by the homeowners, based on the totally new plans she designed and presented to them. “That is probably one of the strongest tools I can bring to the table. I am a huge proponent of form following function. If the kitchen isn’t easy to work in, I haven’t done my job.”

As a kitchen designer, Davis is responsible for placement of the cabinetry, and styling, textural feeling, overall ambiance, and placement of the drawers, doors, and accessories. On this project, her job also entailed making sure an all-white kitchen was interesting from a cabinetry standpoint.

“A case in point is the glass pantries opposite from the range wall,” Davis says. Instead of placing them against the wall, she built them into niches, topped with understated pediments.

Davis also designed the cabinets so they do not go up to the ceiling.

“Taking only the custom hood up to the crown line is a great way to define the scale of the room. The room feels bigger when you can see the back of the walls behind the [top of the] cabinets.”

Although she has designed many kitchens, this one, Davis adds, is one of her favorites. “We do a lot of white, painted cabinets, but the light in this room is amazing. And, it just makes me happy to stand in the middle of it.” ~Janis Lyn Johnson







Cabinet Design: Missi Davis, CKD  / Cabinets Provided/Installed By: Bailiwick, Inc., Missi Davis, President / Custom Cabinets Manufactured By: Premier Custom Built, New Holland , PA / Cabinet Doors: Weatherburne II 5/4 door (Doors are 1”, instead of 3/4” thick, which is what most kitchen doors are, according to Davis.) / Cabinetry Color: White Dove Painted Finish / Counter Tops: Carrera Marble / Sink: Rohl Farmhouse Sink and Under-counter Prep Sink in White / Appliances: SubZero (Two 36” Refrigerator and Freezer units); 48” Wolf Dual Fuel Range; Miele Built-in Coffee Maker; Wolf Microwave Drawer in The Island / Hardware: Brushed Satin Nickel by Top Knobs / Floors: Travertine / Back Splash: White Subway Tile / Interior Design: Joan Simonsen-Hickok, President, Simonsen-Hickok Interiors / Photography: RL Caron

By |2015-08-31T07:57:20-04:00August 31st, 2015|Homes & Gardens, Kitchens|5 Comments

About the Author:

Janis Lyn Johnson is a happily married SW Floridian and Texas-born (1960) fan of timeless style and healthy living.


  1. Catherine S. Vodrey August 31, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Drooling over that marble-topped island! Gorgeous!

    • JLJ August 31, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Yes! And the huge window!

  2. Donna Venegas September 1, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply


    • JLJ September 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      Donna, thank you so much for visiting–and for leaving a comment about this great kitchen. I visited your site and your company’s work looks beautiful.

      • Missi Davis September 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        Donna Venegas does some of the MOST innovative, gorgeous kitchens I have ever seen. She and her team are true talents in our industry. Thanks for the lovely compliment, Donna!!! ….Missi

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