It should come as no surprise that Robb Report chose an iconic St. Charles kitchen to grace the cover of their 2015 summer feature.


Karen Williams with her copy of Robb Report magazine, which boasts her kitchen design on it’s cover.

The kitchen, boasting a state of the art La Cornue amongst other top tier appliances, elegantly transformed the space into a multifunctional kitchen with two prep areas and cleverly disguised pantry storage.

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La Cornue Chateau Range

Read the full article online here.

Hamptons Magazine Features St Charles

Take a look at this issue of Hamptons Magazine  – our Sag Harbor barn project was featured! Just click on the image to see the full story.

Homeowners Jennifer and Adam Miller transported part of the barn from Vermont to Sag Harbor with hopes of integrating its old-world beams and salvaged structure into a distinctly up-to-date home, with the kitchen as a dramatic hub.

I used fumed oak and blackened stainless steel to make the new kitchen feel integrated into the weathered structure, as well as Vermont soapstone and antique iron brackets for a rustic, yet modern feel.

Another Project in Glossy Pages

Wanted to also share this coverage of our 2012 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse kitchen in #Design Trade magazine with you. Fellow St Charles Principal Robert Schwartz and I love supporting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club through its Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. Each time we try to design a kitchen better than the last…this marks the 4th year we have participated (other years include 2003, 2006 & 2009)! Thanks to #Design Trade for the feature.

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A Look Inside My Kitchen in NYC

Designing my own kitchen was a great pleasure, because I knew just what I wanted–both from a cooking and a design perspective. That’s why I’m so glad I was able to share my project with Better Homes and Gardens’ Kitchens & Baths magazine in their Winter 2012 issue. As anyone who lives in NYC knows, space is precious and always a challenge. However, there are solutions to create more out of less.  I shared some of my space maximizing tips and tricks with the magazine’s editors. Below are a few key things I kept in mind when thinking about my kitchen planning.

Consider counter space: While more counter space may seem like a good idea, it can be a catchall for all kinds of clutter.  In the cooking zone, for example, you only need enough counter space to use as a landing spot for a pan, a platter, or a spatula.

Add variety: Use different materials in the same cabinent type or the same elevation–it can change the overall architectural feel of the room.

I’ve shared some pages of the feature with you here. It’s also on St Charles USA‘s Facebook page and the issue is available at newsstands now. Thanks to Better Homes and Gardens’ Kitchens and Baths!

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Friday Fun

It’s Friday and what better day to share something fun with you. As part of Condé Nast’s “Fingerprints” series showcasing “style innovators,” I filled out a short and irreverent questionnaire. If you click on this link, you’ll find out that, in addition to poring over glossy design publications, I do enjoy a shot of gossip mags with a side of mac n’ cheese every now and again!

Much like a Pinterest board, the inspirational product collage you will see was put together by Condé Nast using my questionnaire responses. It was interesting to see their choices. I was excited that they included one of my “Signature Elements by Karen Williams for St Charles” pieces, the Aldyn credenza, which was specially designed for the 2012 Kips Bay Show House.

I hope you enjoy checking it out and that you browse through some of the boards of my industry peers–perhaps while sipping a glass of wine or indulging in some mac n’ cheese!  It is Friday after all.

Wishing all a great weekend.

~Karen Williams


Breaking News!

Big things are happening over here at St Charles of New York. Robert Schwartz and I [Karen Williams]  have some exciting news to share with our loyal readers… We are proud to announce that we have recently acquired the exclusive design and manufacturing rights to the iconic St Charles cabinetry brand from the Viking Range Corporation.  We broke the news last week and have been making headlines. Below is the official press release. Stay tuned for more!



(New York, NY, August 2012) St Charles of New York is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of the exclusive design and manufacturing rights to the iconic St Charles cabinetry brand from the Viking Range Corporation. Moving forward, St Charles of New York, the multi-disciplinary design studio led by Principals Karen Williams and Robert Schwartz, will conduct all business under the St Charles name. The company’s New York location in the prestigious A&D Building in Midtown Manhattan, will serve as both national headquarters and a NY showroom. St Charles will provide a full breadth of services including kitchen design and interior architecture as well as upscale cabinetry and signature furnishings that bridge the kitchen to other rooms in the home. The recent development broadens St Charles’ nationwide reach and enhances its offering of high-end design products and solutions.

The acquisition gives new life to the beloved American brand, which launched in St. Charles, Illinois in 1935. Called the crème-de-la-crème of vintage cabinets, the made-in-the-USA line has been installed in some of the most prestigious and trend-setting homes, including Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. This corporate pedigree is completely in line with St Charles of New York’s reputation for creating the absolute finest and most exclusive kitchens available. In fact, Williams and Schwartz have been selected as the kitchen design team for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, a nearly unprecedented, four times in the last ten years.

“St Charles of New York is a three generation boutique kitchen design firm that can trace its partnership with the national St Charles brand back for more than 50 years. When we learned about the opportunity to purchase the brand, we could not resist the chance to broaden our national reach and image. We are already busy with projects in markets as diverse as Louisiana to Thailand. The timing was perfect for this new chapter in our development as a brand and design firm,” says Williams.

“St Charles is known worldwide for its timeless design, enduring style and unsurpassed quality. We wanted to build on this tradition of excellence and bring it to another level. We are leaders in the luxury market and pride ourselves on designing, manufacturing, delivering and installing complete environments from start to finish. This acquisition of St Charles will serve to further enhance our offerings and help us to continue to satisfy the needs of our discerning clientele,” adds Schwartz.

In light of the exciting acquisition, St Charles will be launching a new website in the coming weeks, It will offer a comprehensive overview of the company and spotlight a wide range of projects. It will also host Karen Williams’ lively blog, which is currently accessible through An industry speaker and culinary/entertaining tastemaker, Williams’ blog provides tips and observations on kitchen design and lifestyle trends. Finally, the company will also soon be announcing a new Facebook page and Twitter handle, @StCharlesUSA.


Robert Schwartz on the cover of East Coast Home + Design magazine

The cover story this month on East Coast Home + Design magazine is a Brooklyn kitchen designed by Robert Schwartz. Centerpiece of the stunning kosher kitchen is a dramatic underlit marble island, crafted with custom black cabinetry accented by silver trim and glittering Swarovski hardware.

East Coast Home + Design cover

The cover of East Coast Home + Design features a stunning kitchen by Robert Schwartz.

The magazine noted that Schwartz is “renowned for creating one-of-a-kind, highly custom culinary spaces for discerning clients.”  In this case, he devised both a meat and a dairy kitchen all correlating around the island as the axis of the room.  A separate coffee bar continues the use of rich millwork and marble, with the added advantage of a hidden two-sided pantry. Read all about it at www.echomeanddesign. com.

East Coast Home + Design magazine

The magazine noted that Schwartz's kitchen is a "study in how varied textures and finishes can combine to elevate a room design to new levels."

Karen Williams’ Blue Ribbon Color Palette Featured in Beautiful Kitchens & Baths magazine

Beautiful Kitchens & Baths magazine writes in its Winter 2011 issue about Karen Williams’ quiet and serene Blue Ribbon color palette, created for a 1,000-sq.-ft. showhouse kitchen. French blue and soft white cabinetry are set off with satin nickel hardware, all underlaid with elegant circles of glimmering glass tile.

Beautiful Kitchens & Baths Winter 2011 Blue Ribbon

Featured in Beautiful Kitchens & Baths magazine, this quiet palette of blue and white by Karen Williams is enlivened with a glass mosaic tile floor.

“For this large space, we wanted a delicate, slow-moving palette,” Williams said. “Your eye goes softly from one element to another, and it’s all tied together with white marble countertops with gray striations. The glass tile on the floor is unexpected and entertaining.”

Beautiful Kitchens & Baths Winter 2011 Blue Ribbon

A soft blue and white palette unites a large showhouse kitchen designed by Karen Williams.