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October 2022

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM OCTOBER 2022 30 B lueStar ® , the manufacturer of professional-performance kitchen appliances for the home, is excited to announce the 2022 Kitchen Design Contest winners. Six kitchens have been chosen for their exceptional design using BlueStar appliances, showcasing the brand's limitless customization options and restaurant-quality performance. This year's grand prize winner is Jenni Vetter, interior and project manager of Vetter Architects in Wisconsin. The husband-and-wife duo behind Vetter Architects set out to design their dream kitchen – an open concept cooking and entertaining space designed to feel like a living room. The grand- prize design featured a 60" Matte Black Platinum Series Range in the heart of the kitchen, with brass knobs and trim that mirror the custom brass cabinet hardware. The color palette for the kitchen is rooted around the rich deep green Health Tiles that cover the walls. Paired with the warm tones of mahogany cabinetry and window trim, the kitchen also features an impressive 18' center island, complete with Vola faucets and leathered Mount Blanc quartzite that houses a 60" workstation sink. "There's a certain luxury of giving up an entire wall in a kitchen in favor of floor-to-ceiling windows to let the outdoors come in, and I absolutely adore the designer's choice here," said BlueStar Judge Karen Swanson of New England Design Works. "The materials selections lend wonderful support to this nature-based project, from the color and earthy feel of the tile to the wood tone on the island and cabinetry. The cabinetry all in the same opening widths with the same drawer heights and hardware being handled in a minimal way further contributes to the peaceful, cohesive vibe – I love the choices made here." Additionally, BlueStar is pleased to announce five regional winners: • Jessica Davis – Atelier Davis, Atlanta, Georgia • Allie Mann – Case Design, Falls Church, Virginia • Noz Nozawa – Noz Design, San Francisco, California • By Design Interiors – Tomball, Texas • Nancy Barnett – Nancy Lane Interiors, Houston, Texas "We are honored to foster creative kitchen design and share how BlueStar can be personalized and designed for any kitchen from coast to coast. Our design contest is an excellent showcase of the versatile points of view designers, architects, and creators hold," said Eliza Sheffield, president of BlueStar. With over a century of offering high-performance appliances and beautiful customizable designs, BlueStar is proud to recognize the talented designers that create dream kitchens throughout the US. The annual competition has become a coveted honor celebrating the incredible kitchen projects that incorporate BlueStar professional-style appliances such as ranges, wall ovens, vent hoods, and premium refrigeration for the home. The Grand Prize winner receives BlueStar appliances with up to $20,000 retail value, and regional winners are granted a cookware set retailed between $400-$600. BlueStar is also excited to share that the 2023 Kitchen Design Contest entries are now open. Entries must be submitted by May 20, 2023 and must include at least one BlueStar cooking appliance. All submitted kitchens should be completed no earlier than the 2020 calendar year. Please visit the BlueStar website at for general information and to submit for the 2023 year. M A N U F A C T U R E R [ A W A R D S ] RO BLUESTAR ® ANNOUNCES 2022 KITCHEN DESIGN CONTEST WINNERS Annual kitchen design contest recognizes six winners showcasing immeasurable talent within the kitchen design industry

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