Angela's published works speak for themselves. Read more about her style and design decisions below.
Marble and muddy cowboy boots
By Kimberly Field | Photography by Emily Minton Redfield
The open, unfit kitchen “has a rawness to it, like found pieces that came together over time,” says Angela Otten, kitchen designer with William Ohs Kitchens. Open shelving along with built-in cabinets featuring chicken-wire panels sit alongside furniture-inspired painted pieces and a floating island. Woods used include antique, reclaimed oak; knotty oak; and alder in rough-sawn, painted, and rubbed finishes. Parana white honed granite tops the counters and island, providing the cool look of marble with the durability needed in a hardworking kitchen. Concrete mimics earthen tiles on the kitchen floor and flows smoothly into the antique oak flooring in the main areas. A weathered metal range hood fabricated by Raw Urth helps define the space.
2016 Circle of Excellence WINNER
By Alison Gwinn | Photography by Emily Minton Redfield
On March 10, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine gathered with approximately 70 home industry design professionals to present the 2nd annual Circle of Excellence Awards, paying tribute to five pioneering experts who have paved the way for Colorado's design evolution.
If the kitchen is indeed the heart of the home, then Angela Otten is one of the most skilled heart surgeons around. Otten has been designing kitchens since 1999, working on everything from budget spec houses to ultra-custom high-dollar homes, and she has built a reputation as one of the top kitchen designers in the country. “We like to work with Angela because she can do any genre—modern, country, traditional, whatever,” says Steve Whipple, president of the Aspen design and development company Whipple & Brewster. “And she has good taste, which is something you either have or you don’t.”
Fantasy Islands - Mom's Domain
By Lacey Howard | Photography by Shauna Intelisano
When a single mom wanted to transform her boring, builder-grade, suburban kitchen into something that would encourage creativity in an activity she loves (feeding her family), she turned to kitchen designer Angela Otten, now at Inspire Kitchen Design Studio, and interior designer Kristina Sterling. The homeowner also requested a walk-in pantry in the corner of the room, a big sink, nice appliances and “a couple of things like the steam oven and a specific ice maker that I haven’t had a lot of people request,” says Sterling, who answered the call with a 48-inch Wolf range, a steam oven and a microwave drawer. The range hood was custom made and finished with liquid metal. Bridging the space between the range and hood is an Ann Sacks handmade-tile backsplash, which also inspired the color of the Homestead cabinets. “We went through about five different whites until we found the right one—not too blue or too yellow or too creamy,” says Otten. The upper cabinets have water-glass panels that echo the look of the translucent pantry door (not shown here). Pendant lights from Denver’s Fusion Light and Design continue the white scheme.
Adding color to the design mix are dreamy soapstone countertops (“nonporous, so a great material for a kitchen,” Otten says), a chalkboard wall (a family favorite saved from the previous kitchen) and blue stools (a DIY painting project for this mom and her preteen daughter). And as a reward? The Scotsman ice maker that “makes ice similar to Sonic Drive-In,” Otten says. “It’s the homeowner’s personal favorite."
Kitchen Designer: Angela Otten
Interior Designer: Kristina Sterling, Seek Interior Design
Angela's designer tip: One of my favorite things to do is work in zones, and the prep zone is most important. I always have a prep sink, a single pull-out trash, cutting boards and knives all in the same area.