She Dreamt Up a Winning Kitchen!

Tour the inviting Colorado kitchen of our Grand Prize winner in the New Kitchen category.

Winning Kitchen

Winning Kitchen

Dramatic curved windows and charming antique-look cabinetry caught our judges' eyes when they spied photos of Jody Mankins' new kitchen. They promptly awarded her the top prize of $300.00 in our New Kitchen division.

But it was also the warmth of this large yet inviting space that drew them in…and that's exactly what Jody was trying to achieve when she and her husband, John, built their home in Bayfield, Colorado in 2002.

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"A warm welcoming kitchen was a must," Jody says. "The kitchen is where our family and friends always seem to gather.

"We had other requirements, too. Our kitchen had to have a roomy feeling because we entertain a lot and host large family get-togethers. And it had to be an efficient working kitchen that catered to my love of cooking."

Jody's kitchen feels cozy but not crowded, thanks to the U-shaped design, 10-foot ceilings and warm shades of cream and rust. "The colors are neutral enough to tie in almost any other color I choose to use," she notes.

"There are plenty of handy time-saving features, too. That's a big help since I work full-time. I handle accounting and manage the office for our real estate business. John has been a broker for 27 years."