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As a working designer, I sometimes forget that it is important to share projects I am currently working on.  This a remodel of a kitchen that is about to start construction. We completely re-designed the area with a sitting area to enjoy the view, lots more storage, and more light.  Can’t wait to see the work begin.  satre Orr Front Door in Color

The front entry will be enhanced with a Store Front door and side windows, to let in additional light and make more of a statement entry.

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The kitchen is completely re-designed to make the space open and user-friendly.

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There will be lots of storage and a raised bar area at the entry to the house.

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The window wall will give you lots of storage with a view.

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The inside aisle will be a cooks dream with a gas cooktop and two ovens.  I will keep you posted as the work begins.

Happy to help you with all your interior design needs.

 

 

Working Projects

Top Kitchen Innovations From Milan

Dream kitchens, live presentations of the latest smart-home appliances and cooking demos by famous chefs greeted visitors to EuroCucina and FTK (Technology for the Kitchen), the biennial events that took place during the latest installment of the Salone del Mobile trade fair in Milan, Italy, from April 17 to 22.

We kept an eye open for signs of how the most lively and innovative space in the house, the kitchen, is evolving. Among the exhibits were increasingly flexible setups, commercial appliances redesigned for the home cook and innovative new technologies. Picking up on the current trend of the integration of kitchen and living spaces, designers also presented kitchen features that either blend seamlessly into their surroundings or disappear altogether. Here are some of the kitchen innovations coming your way in 2018.

Top Kitchen Innovations From Milan

How High Should You Hang Your Upper Kitchen Cabinets?

 Here is a relevant article from Houzz.  Don’t let industry norms box you in. Here are some reasons why you might want more space above your countertops
A client of mine recently raised a good question: “Do upper cabinets have to be installed the standard 18 inches off the countertop?” It got me thinking outside of the usual cabinetry box. Of course, there are lots of ways to install your upper cabinets, and if you’re willing to have an open mind, you might find that elevating them comes with unexpected benefits. Here are situations where you might want to hang your cabinets a little higher.
How High Should You Hang Your Upper Kitchen Cabinets?

 30 White Kitchens out of the ordinary!

.Another wonderful article from Dwell Magazine.  Lots of great photos and ideas.  Go to their website for more information.
These 30 White Kitchens Are Anything But Ordinary

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More than just a blank slate, these pristine white kitchens expertly use the tried-and-true shade to open up small spaces, visually tidy, and give old cabinetry new life.
 A cooktop and refrigerator from Gaggenau, Bulthaup cabinets, a Miele oven, and an Asko dishwasher outfit the all-white kitchen, which is located on the entry-level floor.

 The living room, office, and kitchen are sunken into the concrete floor, providing delineation in the open plan.

An expansive skylight extends the full width and length of the kitchen, flooding natural light into the core of the open and connected living spaces.

A crisp, clean, eat-in kitchen with high-end appliances from Viking, Bosch, Sub-Zero, and LG make this space a chef’s delight, while exposed beams, an arched stove hood, and a second arched carriage entrance along the back wall connect the room to the home’s rich past.

Photo: Shannon McGrath Faced with size constraints in the kitchen area—the designers were unable to build above 10 feet on the West side of the house—Robson and Cohen installed steel clerestory windows, which add extra illumination. A black Aggregato Saliscendi Suspension light, designed by Enzo Mari and Giancarlo Fassina for Artemide, accents against the white Calacatta marble countertops and MAP’s oak Milky Stools.

“There’s a nice tension that exists in this renovation. The building has exquisite original architectural details, and we kept the delicacy of that detailing at the front of our minds as we designed—allowing it to serve as our inspiration for the slender proportions that prevail in the kitchen and the dressing room millwork. We added arched elements on the existing windows. An extra arched framing device that springs from corbels acts as a divider between the kitchen and dining room.

Built on a hilly, South-facing site populated with mature heritage trees in an established neighborhood, this home finds its sophisticated form through the traditional motifs. The highly linear, open floor plan is adorned with chic finishes, including a sleek wall of custom cabinetry.

 The all-white kitchen has an L-shaped work area and several cupboards. The work surfaces and cabinets are made of Corian, which gives the kitchen a soft elegance that blends beautifully with the oak parquet and the black steel wall. The highlight is the corner window seat.

 The interior features neutral colors and streamlined appliances like the Miele oven, stovetop, and refrigerator, along with the Espace Cuisine cabinets.

The design studio, Studio Block, strives for their work to be “enduring and uncomplicated, modern yet warm, and embracing simple luxury with playful moments.”

“The ground floor layout and kitchen have been designed for simplicity and functionality. The darkly weathered zinc on the exterior communicates with the blacks, whites, and grays of the interiors. The design of the interior achieves a softer touch by using bespoke detailing and a rich palette of materials such as stone and timber

12. A Minimal Yet Mighty Home in Brooklyn, New York

A couple takes a minimalist approach to their Brooklyn apartment, focusing on supple materials, subtle gradations of color, and custom finishes by local craftsmen. The Mandayam–Vohra family gathers under one of Workstead’s signature three-arm chandeliers, shown here in its horizontal configuration. Bartenschlager designed the white cabinets and is responsible for the walnut counters both on the kitchen island and near the stove.

The open plan of the white kitchen helps keep the interiors bright, while also creating a greater sense of spaciousness.

 The narrowness of the house required the design to make effective yet frugal uses of space. Precise positioning of walls, doors, and windows was crucial as each floor was planned to serve a purpose. The first floor is a continuous public space with a living room, dining area, kitchen, and library opening to gardens in the front and back.

The open concept design in this cabin features wooden details and a white kitchen.

 A minimalist interior located in Tel-Aviv, Israel, has been designed by Yael Perry. The apartment was renovated and includes a bright living space, kitchen, and one bedroom, along with a wide bathroom. The designer, who wanted to provide a unique aesthetic that made the space feel more spacious and bright, chose to design the apartment in one shade of color: white.

 The cooktop, refrigerator, and wall ovens are by Jenn-Air; the sink and faucet are by Kohler, and the countertops are from Caesarstone.

While minimally modern in the aesthetic, this home provides a comfortable space for the occupants to immerse themselves in nature.

 The architect placed the windows at Sabrina’s eye level so that she’d be able to see her son, Rocco, playing in the yard outside.

For the kitchen, architect Ivan Priatman selected an oven, hood, and cooktop from Teka and a Samsung refrigerator. While the table is his own design, the bar stools and chairs are from Informa.

Along the Southern side of the passageway is a living room, dining area, and kitchen, along with a workspace and guest bathroom. The door next to the kitchen opens to a striking courtyard.

For convenience, Eva and restoration architect Victor Drapszo moved the kitchen from the second floor to the first, which originally housed a garage, laundry area, and guest room. The cabinetry is Gamma by Arclinea, the countertops are Lagoon quartz by Silestone, and the floor is polished concrete.

The homeowners,  avid cooks worked with a design duo and contractor for the home’s renovation. To make the kitchen seem larger the team decided to place the largest cabinets and appliances near the entryway, making less clutter toward the window.

 The kitchen has been designed in collaboration with Henrybuilt. The laminate cabinets are paired with a marble countertop.

 Three thin slabs have been staggered vertically through the space to create three distinct floors and allow light to flood in from the front, back, and roof. The white Saari kitchen makes the most of a compact space.

To complement the white-washed custom cabinetry in her kitchen, the architect designed a tile backsplash to resemble “melting butter in a white pan”. Daltile arranged her two-color AutoCAD design white and off-white onto a mesh backing for a small fee. To soften the edges of the cabinets’ drawers and doors, Schaffer requested radial edging.

This kitchen was renovated in the late 1970s and has been beautifully maintained since.

The white kitchen is undeniably the focal point of the house. All lighting is custom made by the architects

The orientation of the kitchen was changed to allow sunlight from the slanting windows to better illuminate the cooking station.

The interior palette in the extension includes bespoke limed oak cabinetry from the kitchen to the bathroom, polished concrete floors, and black steel accents, such as in the staircase and windows.
 30 White Kitchens out of the ordinary!

 Painted vs. Stained Cabinets

This is an article from Houz with good information.

Kitchen cabinets are largely about the finish. Whether you’re buying cabinets for the first time or you’re a seasoned kitchen remodeler, it probably didn’t take you long to realize that stain and paint are two totally different slices of pie. Not sure which one you prefer? Here’s the scoop on the perks and pitfalls of both finishes.

 Painted vs. Stained Cabinets

CONQUER KITCHEN CLUTTER

Here is another interesting article from Kohler, on how to declutter your kitchen.  I love a simple and clean countertop, so hide a lot in the pantry and in an appliance garage.  Here are a few more ideas.

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Looking for the secret to easier cleanup, clearing away clutter and getting your kitchen organized once and for all? Zero in on hard-working products that speed up your workflow and keep everything in its place to make kitchen time more enjoyable.

Cut Down On Counter Clutter

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Shown: The Riverby under-mount kitchen sink with utility rack, soaking cup, colander and cutting board.

Adding simple storage to your space is a great way to keep your cleaning tools organized and within reach. Pare down the number of sponges, scrubbers, and brushes crowding your countertops and drawers by swapping them for tools with multiple uses. Our kitchen accessories feature a variety of simple, purposefully designed products, from dishwasher-safe caddies to a one-of-a-kind squeegee/brush combination. You could be enjoying a clutter-free kitchen in no time.

Accessorize your Kitchen Sink

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Many of our kitchen sinks have added accessories like prep bowls, utensil trays, colanders and cutting boards to make cooking and cleaning faster and easier. Using integrated tools within your sink space transforms your standard sink into a fully usable workstation. So you’re not only containing your messes to one easy-to-clean area, but you’re also keeping bulky accessories from cluttering your countertops.

Go Hands-Free with Your Faucet

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Upgrading to a faucet that accommodates the way you work around the kitchen can save time and effort. And when it comes to function and cleanliness, motion activated faucets just make sense. Touchless technology turns on with the wave of a hand, making messy tasks easier and keeping the kitchen more sanitary — especially during cold and flu season.

The Final Ingredient
Achieving a cleaner, more organized kitchen that you love is doable without a remodel. You just need the right recipe and the active ingredients to make it work.

CONQUER KITCHEN CLUTTER

What is over-looked in the kitchen?

Here is another article from Dwell.
A panel of experts from Dwell suggested the following and I added a few comments in Italics. 

1. Don’t dismiss the kitchen’s potential as a modern-day parlor.

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 Kitchens are modern-day parlor rooms, incorporating stunning visual elements in the design. A majestic range takes center stage in this kitchen. Kitchens are modern parlor rooms. In modern homes, kitchens serve a double function of both cooking and entertaining zones.
 As everyone knows, no matter how small a kitchen happens to be, people always end up hanging out in there during parties.
Historically, the parlor was the room in which the world encountered the private sphere of a family’s home. Colloquially, it was referred to as the “best room.” The family’s best furniture and artwork were displayed in the parlor room.

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2. Don’t skip over the layout.

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The most overlooked thing in kitchen design would be space design/planning. Everyone wants to jump straight to materials without thoroughly vetting the layout—this can be fatal, as you can’t “polish a turd.” No amount of expensive materials can compensate for a lack of planning.

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3. Sniff out hidden opportunities.

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The best kitchen remodels simplify an owner’s life and make efficient use of every available square inch. Sometimes this means considering what is hidden as much as what’s visible. With counter space at a premium, valuable space can be saved by designating an enclosed area to tuck away those space-sucking counter-top appliances and gadgets. It’s a great way to condense kitchen “clutter” into one enclosed space that can be out of sight and out of mind when not in use.

In our kitchen the appliance cabinet hides my food processors.  I do have a popup cabinet for my Kitchenaid mixer, as it was too tall and is too heavy to carry around.  It works great until I put it high and it just about jumps off the pull-up counter.  

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4. Don’t underestimate the power of lighting.

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One of the most overlooked features in kitchen design is efficient, well-designed lighting. Not only is good lighting essential to the function of the kitchen, but it highlights and accentuates the design. Often lighting isn’t on the forefront of the client’s mind when they are thinking about new cabinets and appliances, so it can easily become an afterthought. [The kitchen] is the one room that I think all three types of lighting should be incorporated: ambient, task, and accent lighting.

Undercounter lighting can be added easily to a design. Many of them offer outlets, places for Iphones and Ipads.  We have a TV mounted under the cabinets so I can watch cooking shows while I cook.  Love the Great British Bakeoff. 

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5. Incorporate details that make everyday life easier.

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 The details of the kitchen are so often underestimated during the design phase. A few overlooked features that clients must consider include a coffee station, pot filler, the kitchen’s connection to the [other spaces], skylights, and island outlets

6. Choose meaningful embellishments.

Homeowners tend to focus predominantly on the utilitarian components of their kitchen remodels (cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures, countertops) and place less emphasis on decorative elements such as tile, open shelves, visual art pieces. The kitchen is the heart of our homes and the most occupied space. Meaningful embellishments   add beauty and a personalized touch to a kitchen remodel, such as a display of heirloom teacups, framed photography or original art.

What is over-looked in the kitchen?