Sep 18, 2019 | Dallas |
Kitchen of the Year 2019
Kitchen of the Year 2019

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the 2019 Kitchen of the Year is no exception.  This week, House Beautiful revealed that the year's best kitchen was not one but four kitchens, within renowned designer Michelle Nussbaumer’s Dallas home. The spaces were dubbed “The Main Kitchen,” “The Cocktail Bar,” “The Art Kitchen” and “The Speakeasy.”

The opening-night party to celebrate the Kitchen of the Year was a glamorous affair, with over 200 guests in attendance, including designers Bill Cates, Jean Liu, Denise McGaha, Jan Miller and Judy Aldridge. The lively event concluded with a lyrical closer by the original Sir Earl Toon from Kool and the Gang. 

Asked what her mantra throughout this entire project has been, Nussbaumer said: “Do things that are not trendy, things that you actually respond to. I like to incorporate whatever makes me happy in my own kitchen.”

Images by Kate & Co. Photography

EVENT GALLERY
House Beautiful market director Carisha Swanson, interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer and House Beautiful editorial director Joanna Saltz
House Beautiful market director Carisha Swanson, interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer and House Beautiful editorial director Joanna Saltz
House Beautiful market director Carisha Swanson, interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer and House Beautiful editorial director Joanna Saltz
The Main Kitchen
The Main Kitchen
The Main Kitchen
The Speakeasy
The Speakeasy
The Speakeasy
Shameika Love, Bill Cates, Laura Kline and Shannon Nogar
Shameika Love, Bill Cates, Laura Kline and Shannon Nogar
Shameika Love, Bill Cates, Laura Kline and Shannon Nogar
Virginia Davis and Jean Liu
Virginia Davis and Jean Liu
Virginia Davis and Jean Liu
DJ Lucy Wrubel
DJ Lucy Wrubel
DJ Lucy Wrubel
Jane Scott Hodges and Talley Hodges
Jane Scott Hodges and Talley Hodges
Jane Scott Hodges and Talley Hodges
Sir Earl Toon from Kool and the Gang (center left), Michelle Nussbaumer and Bernard Nussbaumer
Sir Earl Toon from Kool and the Gang (center left), Michelle Nussbaumer and Bernard Nussbaumer
Sir Earl Toon from Kool and the Gang (center left), Michelle Nussbaumer and Bernard Nussbaumer
Matthew Hare, Beatriz Sandoval, Michelle Nussbaumer, Joanna Saltz and Jennifer Levene Bruno
Matthew Hare, Beatriz Sandoval, Michelle Nussbaumer, Joanna Saltz and Jennifer Levene Bruno
Matthew Hare, Beatriz Sandoval, Michelle Nussbaumer, Joanna Saltz and Jennifer Levene Bruno
The Cocktail Bar
The Cocktail Bar
The Cocktail Bar
@housebeautiful
@housebeautiful
@housebeautiful
Juan Suarez, Joel Baldazo, Rob Dailey, Luis Araujo and Kurt Anderson
Juan Suarez, Joel Baldazo, Rob Dailey, Luis Araujo and Kurt Anderson
Juan Suarez, Joel Baldazo, Rob Dailey, Luis Araujo and Kurt Anderson
Jennifer Bianchi, Nikki Chu, Jessy Fofana and Brenda Saget Darling
Jennifer Bianchi, Nikki Chu, Jessy Fofana and Brenda Saget Darling
Jennifer Bianchi, Nikki Chu, Jessy Fofana and Brenda Saget Darling
Jennifer Levene Bruno, Beatriz Sandoval, Michelle Nussbaumer and Joanna Saltz give remarks to guests.
Jennifer Levene Bruno, Beatriz Sandoval, Michelle Nussbaumer and Joanna Saltz give remarks to guests.
Jennifer Levene Bruno, Beatriz Sandoval, Michelle Nussbaumer and Joanna Saltz give remarks to guests.
Sir Earl Toon from Kool and the Gang sings for the crowd.
Sir Earl Toon from Kool and the Gang sings for the crowd.
Sir Earl Toon from Kool and the Gang sings for the crowd.
Michelle Nussbaumer (center)
Michelle Nussbaumer (center)
Michelle Nussbaumer (center)
As an ode to the home’s Mexican neo-Mayan design theme, guests were welcomed by a mariachi band.
As an ode to the home’s Mexican neo-Mayan design theme, guests were welcomed by a mariachi band.
As an ode to the home’s Mexican neo-Mayan design theme, guests were welcomed by a mariachi band.
The Art Kitchen
The Art Kitchen
The Art Kitchen
Carisha Swanson, Joanna Saltz, Jennifer Levene Bruno, Tara Weedfald, Lisa Lachowetz, Matthew Hare, Laura Ives Colony, Whitney Otto and Kailin Villamar
Carisha Swanson, Joanna Saltz, Jennifer Levene Bruno, Tara Weedfald, Lisa Lachowetz, Matthew Hare, Laura Ives Colony, Whitney Otto and Kailin Villamar
Carisha Swanson, Joanna Saltz, Jennifer Levene Bruno, Tara Weedfald, Lisa Lachowetz, Matthew Hare, Laura Ives Colony, Whitney Otto and Kailin Villamar
Tara Shovan, Carolina Gentry and Shannon Carl
Tara Shovan, Carolina Gentry and Shannon Carl
Tara Shovan, Carolina Gentry and Shannon Carl
Arman DeLaughter, Jeff Hickman, Trevor Tacker and Alex Long
Arman DeLaughter, Jeff Hickman, Trevor Tacker and Alex Long
Arman DeLaughter, Jeff Hickman, Trevor Tacker and Alex Long
Melanie Zimmerman (plus date), Rodney Gibbons, Patrick Equi, Colleen Bonanni and Allison Berry
Melanie Zimmerman (plus date), Rodney Gibbons, Patrick Equi, Colleen Bonanni and Allison Berry
Melanie Zimmerman (plus date), Rodney Gibbons, Patrick Equi, Colleen Bonanni and Allison Berry
Michelle Nussbaumer and Bernard Nussbaumer
Michelle Nussbaumer and Bernard Nussbaumer
Michelle Nussbaumer and Bernard Nussbaumer
Beatriz Sandoval, Carolina Gentry, Chad Dorsey, Michelle Nussbaumer and Luis Araujo
Beatriz Sandoval, Carolina Gentry, Chad Dorsey, Michelle Nussbaumer and Luis Araujo
Beatriz Sandoval, Carolina Gentry, Chad Dorsey, Michelle Nussbaumer and Luis Araujo