Thursday, November 14, 2019 / by Shoshana Socher
The final step in creating your fabulous kitchen is to choose the finishes for what will certainly become the new favorite room in your family’s home. While each of the steps in the kitchen design process requires purposeful planning and thoughtful consideration, it is this step – the kitchen finishes - that often seems more complicated and challenging than the others. Kitchen finishes can include everything from:
the color and material of a backsplash and
your kitchen’s flooring, to
your island’s stools.
Two features of your kitchen where you should first focus on what finishes you want for them are your countertops and your cabinetry.
Often one of the first features noticed in a new kitchen are the countertops embracing the stove and the sink and on the room’s large island. This component of your kitchen is one of the biggest single items displaying your texture and c ...
Monday, October 28, 2019 / by Shoshana Socher
Now that you’ve thoughtfully planned what your ideal kitchen will look like, designed its zones, and selected your style, the next step in the kitchen construction process is a (relatively) easy one – selecting your kitchen appliances. Like your cabinetry and countertops, your appliances will not only be readily noticed every time you enter the kitchen, but also frequently used (and depended upon) to either cook or cool your day’s meals. While there are many established brands of appliances available on the market today, one of the best appliance designers and manufacturers is Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla (SMEG). Considering the importance of the sustainability, efficiency, and beauty of this integral kitchen component, it’s easy to understand why this Italian manufacturer of upscale appliances is renowned for their superb engineering, gorgeous style, and trend-setting innovation and is t ...
Sunday, September 29, 2019 / by Shoshana Socher
Whether you live in a cozy home on a cul de sac, a modern new build on a tree-lined street, or a renovated family estate on a beautifully-landscaped property, your home is your refuge from the hustle and bustle of the day’s agendas, traffic, and demands of work. After you’ve identfied the 5 distinctly-different zones in your kitchen, you’ll next want to consider which of the functional and aesthetically-distinct kitchen styles best meets your needs, budget, and taste.
Kitchen Style: French Provincial
The functional and fabulous French Provincial Kitchen is an artful balance between rustic and chic and perfect for families who appreciate the ornate styles found in Paris. This country-manor kitchen style can encompass everything from lots of glass, beautiful period friezes and skirting, and decorative bronze, copper, or brass handles, to wonderfully-detailed cabinet doors, moldings, turnings, and carvings.
Kitchen Style: Rustic
The rugged yet refine ...
Monday, September 9, 2019 / by Shoshana Socher
The kitchen is the heart of every family home. It’s the space where messes are made and stories are told; it’s where you can go to grab a post-work refreshment or catch the kids (both big and little) trying to snatch that midnight snack. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, remodel, or completely gut and build a brand new kitchen in your current home or your newly-purchased home, there are several purposeful steps to take that will help make the whole kitchen design process an enjoyable, stress-free, and exciting one. The first step toward bringing your ideal kitchen to fruition is kitchen planning.
The recipe for kitchen planning success includes 3 integral ingredients:
Take the time to create a list of the features you absolutely must have. Undoubtedly, these will be the things that compelled you to start thinking about improving your kitchen. Whether it’s a magnificent island with chairs for socializing ...
Monday, September 9, 2019 / by Shoshana Socher
Once you’ve taken the time to list the must-haves for your new kitchen, identify your motivation for deciding to create your dream kitchen, and establish your budget, the next step after all this kitchen planning is kitchen design. As you consider and select the best choices for your kitchen, be sure to envision the room’s whole space. You can do that easily by being mindful of the 5 integral zones that make up every kitchen.
The Preparation Zone
Perhaps of all the zones in the kitchen, it is the Preparation Zone that most homeowners dream of expanding. This is the space where vegetables are carefully chopped, pie dough is gently kneaded, and all the appetizers, entrees, and desserts for the family’s meals are prepared. It’s the space where utensils, small cooking appliances, and regularly-used seasonings and other pantry items are placed.
The Cooking Zone
From where all the wonderful culinary creations come forth, the Cooking Zo ...