On Wednesday morning I had breakfast here. Hosted by Kravet and House Beautiful, breakfast guests were given an amazing tour of “the pop-up” by HB’s Editor-in-Chief Newell Turner. The pop-up, of course, is House Beautiful’s 2012 Kitchen of the Year, it’s fifth annual week-long free-standing kitchen design extravaganza in the center of midtown Manhattan.


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The designer behind this year’s masterpiece? is none other than Chicago-based Interior Designer, Mick De Giulio, pictured below, during his introduction at the Wednesday breakfast.  Yes, he talks with his hands, and he spoke very gracefully about his aesthetic for this year’s #KOTY.  The designer explained that his mindset for kitchen design is, “I want to be a rich man who lives like a poor man,” to paraphrase Picasso’s well known quotation. What he’s talking about is “the simple life,” that we all perhaps dream of living. Mick crafts each detail of his design from the perspective of an individual able to savor and relish every flourish that De Giulio can dream up.  In this kitchen no meal, no task, and no celebration can go unmade, undone, or unheralded.

Photographer: Sarah Sarna.

Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Author at, empowering women to decorate and dress with confidence.