You have no idea just how excited I was when I found these appliances! They are stainless steel and look pretty much the same as all the other appliances out there you say? Well, yes, but LOOK at the overall dimensions! 24″…..for a fridge? Pricing is not to shabby either. For the average suburban homeowner this may not be a big deal, but for a cramped condo city dweller, the smaller appliances mean so much more. What does it mean? Well, 24″ or so of increased cabinet space goes a long way way when you don’t have place to store dishtowels, pots, or dry pantry items.
Efficient? Yes. Gorgeous design? Heck yes. Do I want my next kitchen to be a perfect balance of white and charcoal like this kitchen? Yes yes yes! This is the newly renovated and impressively well appointed kitchen in Sparrow Manor.
Nothing is as clean and refreshing in a kitchen as white cabinetry. Let’s take a look at some of my recent favorites shall we?
Why does white cabinetry seem so appealing? Because it is classic! Time honoured and true, these white painted, face-framed cabinets are symmetrically balanced and are enhanced by the Calcutta Stone countertop and camel back apron sink. This particular design is by Karen Williams.
Planning on going with a subway tile backsplash but want it to still look interesting? Think about adding the Heath Oval tile, visually it packs a punch while keeping somewhat traditional as a subway tile look.
The designers at Novanni have produced an entertaining and useful take on the kitchen sink with this gem. The Avado (EFT402211) stainless steel top mount sink has a super long shallow basin that empties below into an extremely large bowl below. Grandma’s caserole dish could get lost in there! And how fun is the drain tray? Look out though; a minimum cabinet size of 45″ is required!
Prep sinks just make sense. A larger kitchen with an island often call for additional access to plumbing so you can easily prep your next meal. The Crevasse Prep Sink by Kohler is a wonderful choice; at just 8 1/8″ total width, it doesn’t take up much space! Now the first thing I thought of when I saw this sink was: where is the faucet? Don’t they usually display an accompanying bar faucet so we can visualize using it? Oh but they are!
This well balanced kitchen by Caroline Decesare is quite thoughtful in its design. The first thing I notice is the strong look of the coffered ceilings, and wonderfully, the pendant light fixtures are spaced on four corners that place them directly over their respective island task areas. The double islands allow the chef to prepare and entertain easily with a prep sink at the outer-most island, which has seating for guests. They can probably join in helping prepare meals without getting underfoot. The larger sink is located in the heart of the kitchen, so dishes are not on the “entertaining island”. Well done.
Clive Christian is a company for luxury homes of the world. This luxury kitchen is decked out with light painted cabinetry and many pieces of richly carved corbels and scrolled details. With such a large and open room, you can have auxiliary features such as the two ornate display cabinets with niches for limestone sculptures. Because nothing says excess like a kitchen that also serves as an art exhibition. Oh the vanity!
But I love it.
Designer Cynthia Leibrock has spent three years renovating Green Mountain Ranch to be a universally designed home they can live in for the rest of their lives. It is a beautiful home that marries function and gorgeous aesthetics in the best design relationship I have seen. The kitchen is another great example of accessibility and looks. There are few upper cabinets, but the lowers are made of Santos Rosewood and that veneer has been carried up to the ceiling to continue the look of the interesting grains of the wood. What I love the most about this kitchen is the Timpani Vessel Lavatory Sink by Kohler that sits on the antimicrobial countertop. Usually used in bathrooms, this sink becomes a fun prep sink for guests to use if they are helping out without getting in the way of the hostess. Bowls on counters as a accent are common, but this is a new twist that will get plenty of use.
Designer Julie Charbonneau of de Portier in Montreal features many wonderful wares for her discerning clientele. She show houses many French and Belgian antiques, and reproduction furniture. In the showroom, items are displayed in “rooms”, like this functioning kitchen. There are so many things to love about this design.