This “Ski Chalet” designed by Hunter & Company Interior Design and built by Bear Mountain Builders features cabinets by The Old World Cabinet Company. The horizontal linearity of the cabinets is a nod to modern sensibilities, while the liberal use of wood in the kitchen offers echoes of traditional ski chalets.
This “Ski Chalet” designed by Hunter & Company Interior Design and built by Bear Mountain Builders features cabinets by The Old World Cabinet Company. The horizontal linearity of the cabinets is a nod to modern sensibilities, while the liberal use of wood in the kitchen offers echoes of traditional ski chalets.

Today’s cabinets are not the cabinets of your grandmother’s era. The choice of materials, technologies available, and design vernaculars has grown exponentially over the past few decades. Add to that the fact that the way we inhabit our houses has changed. With more open floor plans, having a consistent look for the cabinet work throughout your home is essential to creating a thoughtful design.

There are many ways to approach cabinets in your home—and most will start with the decision: do we go pre-fab or custom? If it is within your means, custom cabinetry is a no-brainer. You get the benefit of experienced and talented craftsmen taking into account your specific vision, needs, and situation.

Here’s a look at five different rooms and the cabinets dressing them up.


For most of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Not only do we gather there, and nourish our families there, but in today’s homes, the kitchen is more like a command center—it’s where we spend most of our time at home; kids do homework there, we keep our calendars there, charge our devices there, catch up on the day’s events over tea or coffee or Cabinet-4cocktails.

Whatever your design aesthetic—classic or contemporary, high-tech or low, formal or casual, the kitchen grounds that aesthetic for the rest of your home and the cabinets are at the heart of it all.

While today’s kitchens tend toward welcoming and fun, they still need to be practical. The “work triangle,” a concept that grew in popularity in the 1950s, advocates connecting the sink, refrigerator, and cooktop to allow for efficiencies while cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. And whether your kitchen is classic and homey or minimalist and tech-centered, the space layout is key.


The flush profile of these sleek wood cabinet doors are very contemporary while the wood hints at traditional design. Modern technology allows for quiet and controlled closure.

One of the things to remember when designing a contemporary kitchen is that the space opens to the high-traffic living areas. Storage and work flow is still key, but so is providing for enough covered storage space so that the look is not cluttered, which is anathema to the modern movement. These slab-style cabinet doors offer a clean and contemporary look while providing ample covered storage space.


An “unfitted” kitchen is a kitchen designed to look more traditional and to play up the charm that a variety of pieces can bring to the space—without sacrificing functionality. Lynn Harker of Woodland Designs says, “An unfitted kitchen showcases the fine craftsmanship of handcrafted individual pieces of furniture. There’s nothing more custom than an unfitted kitchen. Each piece can speak to the individual homeowner, their aesthetic, and their needs.”



If you’ve remodeled a kitchen lately, “transitional” is a term you are sure to have run across. It’s an aesthetic realm for people ready to bring some of the contemporary leanings into a more traditional mix. It’s a look that bridges the two seemingly disparate design practices. If done well, a transitional look gets the best of both worlds.

In a design age that is leaning ever more contemporary, it can be a challenge to find the clean lines and simplicity of a contemporary design with the character that traditional homes offer. This transitional kitchen by Idaho’s Woodland Furniture offers handcrafted detailing in the refrigerator that gives it an “unfitted” look while blending that with simple and clean-lined white cabinets. The islands are a blend of the two looks as well. The impact is harmonious, full of character, and unique.


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The closet can often be the deal-breaker for a couple looking for a new home. All other considerations—kitchen, bedrooms, outdoor living space—may swing in favor of one home, but if the master closet isn’t up to par, then good riddance. There’s just something about having a closet that allows you to kick off your day in the right way.


Woodland Furniture is known for going above and beyond, and they bring this dedication to eCabinet-15very room in the home—even the smallest or most intimate. This closet is an example of a great collaboration between the homeowner, designer, architect, and Woodland. Not only is the craftsmanship beautiful and eye-catching but Woodland also created special details specific to the homeowner’s desires and collections (of shoes!).



Whether it’s a guest bath or the master bath, the bathroom is an intimate space and the design and craftsmanship should reflect that.



This Mindful Designs project features an open and large office area in a transitional space in the home with cabinets by Jerry Short Cabinets & Millwork.

Today’s home in the Mountain West prioritizes style and function. In the luxury market, specialty spaces feature craftsman cabinetry and millwork that not only speak to the homeowners’ desire for elegant living, but also the commitment to quality that the design and build teams brought to the projects.


The mudroom or entryway should be functional, for sure, but why not beautiful as well? This mudroom designed by Hunter & Company Interior Design with cabinetry built by The Old World Cabinet Company offers ample storage space so everyone in the family will have their coats, bags, and shoes at hand whenever they need them.