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2016 Tour of Kitchens

Find inspiration for your own lifestyle and preview some of 417-land’s most elegant kitchens, all while supporting Junior League of Springfield.

By Karlee Renkoski | Photos by Brandon alms

Sep 2016

The kitchen is a hot spot for cooking savory meals and gathering with family and friends, so a combination of efficiency and style is important. The six kitchens highlighted at the third annual Junior League of Springfield’s Tour of Kitchens bring both of these aspects. On September 24, participate in a self-guided tour and discover ideas for your own remodel or DIY projects in addition to learning how to create cocktails and make delicious meals.

Last year’s event brought in 275 attendees, and this year’s showcase is sure to bring just as much inspiration and excitement. At your leisure, stroll through the beautifully designed kitchens on display, starting at the kitchen of your choice, and get ideas for tackling your own home design. The six kitchens showcased range in style, including  industrial farmhouse style and contemporary design. 

All proceeds from the event go toward Junior League of Springfield’s mission to encourage volunteering, develop the potential of women and improve communities. With more than 40,000 volunteer hours and funds, this nonprofit organization focuses on the prevention of child abuse and neglect in 417-land through education and charitable projects. Preview the kitchens here, but be sure to attend the event on September 24 for the full exhibition.

The Shaver Kitchen

Heith and Tiana Shaver designed this modern, eclectic kitchen to be simple, clean and inviting. The room has a bold look with a color scheme of white, gray and black, and countertops made from sandblasted granite and white quartz. Tiana brought in the outdoors through an herb garden on the wall to create a natural feel. Not only is the room trendy, but it’s also very functional with in-range appliances, two sinks and an abundance of cabinet and pantry space. The Shavers often celebrate holidays at their house, and their kitchen makes for a perfect area for company.


The Hansen Kitchen

Eric and Jana Hansen decided to replicate the kitchen from their previous home in Tulsa because they loved how they had designed it. And who wouldn’t, with its layout so conducive to entertaining and an additional prep kitchen for catered events. Stainless steel is incorporated with the many appliances in the room, and strips of it line the cabinets to add some flair. Don’t forget to check out the large black-and-brown granite island, a perfect place for entertaining and Jana’s favorite part about her kitchen. 


The Michels/Lynch Kitchen

The kitchen in James Michels and Stephanie Lynch’s historic home was designed to be highly functional. Whether they’re making a quick salad or a complex meal, Michels and Lynch are just a few steps away from great appliances, cabinets and countertops. In the center of the island is an additional sink with a garbage disposal, perfect for chopping vegetables. The sink also holds ice and beer during parties or family get-togethers. The two ovens and an infrared griddle on the stove top are in constant use. Come see what else makes this classic kitchen so efficient!


The Stahle Kitchen

Jan and Pam Stahle’s contemporary kitchen makes a statement with its combination of contrasting wood from the cabinets to the ceiling. Appliances and countertops are in convenient locations for cooking meals and laying out food in a buffet style when friends and family come over. The two large pantries and many cabinets allow plenty of space for every need. With this room’s design, decor isn’t a priority, and less is more for a clean look. You’re sure to enjoy this kitchen’s unique style, just as Pam loves the feeling she gets when she’s cooking in it. 


The Barbo Kitchen

Gino and Dana Barbo designed their Old World, Mediterranean kitchen around artifacts they had collected over the years. Large beams of dark wood complement the reclaimed brick from Chicago, and detailed, wooden supporting beams from Paris add beauty to the island. Guests tend to comment on the chandelier lighting up the space, which came from a ballroom in New Orleans. Dana’s favorite part about her kitchen is the brick column with mini statues inside and incorporated glass pavers with lights. Due to its large size and unique artifacts, the Barbos’ kitchen is the focal point in their home.


The Skiles Kitchen

Designed and constructed by Justin Skiles himself, this modern industrial farmhouse kitchen is easy to maintain and keeps a cool, clean appearance. The focal point of the room is a wood island used as a gathering area for the family and accentuated by three industrial gold and silver lights. Laura Hover Skiles says the island is perfect as a homework and art station for her four kids and includes charging outlets and a butcher paper roller that provides easy cleanup after messy projects. Although the flooring looks like wood, it’s actually porcelain tile, which doesn’t scratch. With a modern layout for accessibility and very functional appliances, this kitchen is worth checking out.