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October 20, 2010 (San Diego) -- The American Society of Interior Designers’ self-guided Kitchen Tour, set for Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will showcase nine  remodeled kitchens in San Diego County designed by some of the top designers in the region.


Tour sites include three in San Diego's inland regions (La Mesa, Rancho Bernardo and Poway), as well as San Diego, La Jolla, Carlsbad and Vista.  


Individual tickets are $25 and discounted group tickets are available. For information, call the ASID Information Line at (858) 646-9896 or visit

Stylish projects range from expansive great room renovations to cost-conscious tract home remodels. The designers show how to transform dated, dark and inefficient areas into open, spacious and multifunctional showplaces. These kitchens display the latest trends in sustainability, space planning, appliances and storage solutions.

“The ASID kitchen tour is a wonderful opportunity to see real functioning kitchens and speak with the designers who are experts at the design process and knowledgeable about all the available options,” said Kellie McCormick, ASID, San Diego chapter president. “In this new economy, people like to research and get a better understanding of what is available, so they have clear idea of budgets and how to prioritize. This tour is also a great, non-threatening way to chat with designers and see the benefits of hiring a designer, especially those who have never worked with one.”


Green design specialist Morgan Lloyd, Allied Member ASID, designed a Rancho Bernardo kitchen with curvilinear lines and organic materials to create a warm and spirited space. Highlights include a river rock and slate backsplash that is reminiscent of a winding river and a curving slate and wood floor.


Annie Johnston, Allied Member ASID, transformed a poorly designed and inefficient galley kitchen in La Mesa into a multifunctional great room by removing a wall and reconfiguring the space. Natural stone on two structural pillars and the new fireplace façade adds warmth and style. Highlights of the homey kitchen include a farmhouse sink, open display area, pull-out baskets, wine storage and a seedy glass-fronted hutch.

Designer Joan Peters, Allied Member ASID, created a multifunctional living space in La Jolla by pushing out an exterior wall, raising the ceiling, and combining the original kitchen, dining room, nook and family room. The sleek new room has a simple and elegant Asian flavor that beautifully showcases the client’s Asian antiques and art collection.

Kathy Novo-Shumate, ASID, the dean of budget remodels, designed a stylish kitchen as part of a remodel that gutted the entire 1970s Poway house. The new contemporary kitchen features a vaulted ceiling, recessed lighting, a tumbled stone backsplash with glass inserts, and granite countertops. It is an example of what can be done when client and designer look for bargains and scrupulously watch the budget.

Lynn Wyndham Morris, Allied Member ASID, transformed a dark, dated gallery kitchen in Carlsbad into a transitionally styled open space that adds new efficiency, seating and storage. Eco-friendly details include low voltage fixtures, occupancy sensors, and an underlay with radiant heat mats. Clean-lined cabinetry is modern, yet the warm stain adds a traditional element to blend with the home’s architecture.

John Mills Davies, ASID, updated the tiny nondescript kitchen in a 1940s, 740-square-foot, Pacific Beach bungalow into a craftsman-style jewel box. The blue and white coastal color scheme complements the owner’s collection of cobalt blue glass, as do the white cabinetry, blue Silverstone quartz countertops, and glass-fronted cabinets.

Carol Spong, ASID, designed a new kitchen in a 30-year-old La Jolla home as part of a whole house remodel. She took care to locate appliances and storage within reach of the petite owner. The homeowners are delighted with the exotic Verde Fuoco granite from Austrailia and a small eating area at the end of the island. The remodel contains numerous design surprises, including a lovely meditation room right off the kitchen.

Laura Wireman, Allied Member ASID, gave her client’s Vista kitchen a complete overhaul, resulting in a space with a grand attitude for a gourmet cook who entertains often. The new cooktop location enables the owner to cook and socialize or watch television on the large flat panel TV on the new stone fireplace wall. Appliances were selected with the serious cook in mind. Copper silk window treatments blend with the earthy palette of sandy beige, dark bronze, and glimmers of copper and steel.

Christine Diveley, Allied Member ASID created a warm contemporary kitchen, keyed to her client’s gourmet style, in a Downtown high rise. Highlights include mahogany cabinetry with hammered frosted glass inserts, iridescent Malt Glass tile backsplash, and mother of pearl solid quartz countertop. Chefs’ dream appliances include a six-burner Dacor cooktop, GE Avantium convection/microwave wall oven, and KitchenAid wine chiller.

The 2010 Kitchen Tour is chaired by Natalia Trepchina-Worden, ASID, and Kristy Kropat, Allied Member ASID. As past participants, they share enthusiasm for the tour.

"The ASID Kitchen Tour is a fantastic way to stay in touch with today's trends in everyday living and discover what’s hot in the local market,” said Trepchina-Worden. “Visitors can take away an understanding of the details, craftsmanship and personal touches that make every kitchen unique. Most importantly, visitors can question the designers who created that experience."

The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers has more than 500 professional and allied members and is part of the oldest and largest organization of professional interior designers in the world. Professional membership is earned through accredited education, years of qualifying experience and postgraduate examinations. ASID helps protect the health, safety, and welfare of consumers by encouraging and requiring members to keep abreast of evolving technologies, regulations and safety issues. For information on ASID and chapter events, visit the chapter’s website or call the Hotline at (858) 646-9896.


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