What’s new in sinks?

June 12th, 2007 § 2 Comments

Take a look at KOHLER for new trends in sink shapes. For a secondary sink at the island, I love the new shape shown here in Kohler’s newest white, “Sea Salt”. An absolute must is ordering the matching cutting board.

The clean, organic shape of the Fête island sink brings multipurpose convenience and a fresh aesthetic to kitchen spaces. Its unique, upper-and-lower basin design helps you easily accommodate both preparation and presentation, depending on your needs.

Fête K-6494-FF island kitchen sink in Sea Salt with K-5821-NA cutting board and Simplice™ K-649-VS entertainment sink faucet with pull-down spray in Vibrant® Stainless.

Not ready to call it quits to a double bowl, but envy the size of a single bowl sink? Low Rise sinks have half the divider and twice the sink.

Kohler introduced the Smart Divide in many different shapes.

Mark Cutler Design: 5 Books I Love About Architects

June 10th, 2007 § 2 Comments

Mark Cutler Design: 5 Books I Love About Architects
Designers are continually looking for inspiration and fresh ideas to keep current. Part of that process is gleaning from the past. Check out Mark Cutler’s site where he lists some great reading material on talented Architects.
I am an avid bookworm and collect monographs on the works of great architects I admire. Whenever I find my self on work overload, I pull open a book on work of Wallace Neff, Frank Lloyd Right, or Paul Rudolph. Lately I have been reading up on the work of Susan Susanka, an architect who embraces smaller spaces I wish more homeowners in Santa Monica and West LA would have read before building their McMansions.

Recipe for success

June 10th, 2007 § 1 Comment

Whipping up a functional kitchen? I am asked all the time what is the first thing to consider when remodeling. I like to think designing a kitchen is a lot like buying a good pair of shoes. What one person considers essential is another person’s drudgery. I personally haven’t worn pumps (intentionally) since the 80′s and would be very grumpy if forced to wear them every day. Getting a good fit for your kitchen and new appliances is as important as getting a good pair of shoes! Style and trends are fun to look but if it isn’t your style then you could be very disappointed in the long run. First and foremost make sure your new design and appliances suit your personal style.

“The friend of the family expert”. Everybody’s got one! Be it a sister, an aunt, uncle Lou, cousin Bob, neighbor Ned. If I had a dollar for every time a client started to second guess what they wanted because the “family expert” came over to critique their decisions, I would buy myself a yacht and sail away. Sometimes enlisting unsolicited advise derails the process of getting a great design; and who’s kitchen is this anyway? Don’t be swayed to buy into someone else’s idea unless you are absolutely certain it’s your style.

Size is important, how big is your kitchen? Bigger kitchens are not always better. Too many steps from the cold storage to the prep area or cook top makes cooking a chore.

Interior designer Ann Jones (picture above) finds the wood counter tops in her Sonoma kitchen attractive, practical and inexpensive.
What I love about Ann’s kitchen is the warmth of the wood tops, the open and airy brightness to what would typically be a narrow, confining small space. Notice the walls are absent of standard wall cabinets. I like the open shelves! Chronicle photo by Eric Luse. Cooks Kitchens

Use: who is cooking, how many cooks, what’s your cooking style? I noticed those who enjoy cooking want “visual” access to plates and pot and pans. Remember Julia Child’s kitchen?
The visual cook prefers pot racks and open shelves and have fresh herbs in pots at the kitchen window.

The meticulous cook may be clutter phobic and more prone to ask for appliance garages and methods for containment to conceal everything.

Counter surfaces: are you considering bigger appliances? Make sure you are not sacrificing counter top landing space. Also important is storage space. Taking down that wall may mean an open space to the den, but what happens to your glass and dinner plate storage? Don’t overlook using a hutch in place of wall cabinets to contain glassware and dinner plates. Immediate picture above and below courtesy of Smallbone of Devises, typical bespoke handmade fitted kitchen designed cabinetry.

Mary Risley (shown above) has a large kitchen for entertaining (shown) and a small, everyday kitchen, just beyond her dining room table. Chronicle photo by Jerry Telfer. Notice in Mary’s big kitchen, (great for dueling cooks and entertaining), two sinks, two ovens, two cook tops. Any where she turns around their is a landing space, a prep space and she is close to a water source for clean up. Nice! And I love the big farmhouse table.
Now if you are jealous of Mary’s BIG Kitchen, after all this is far from the norm, take stock of what is in your cupboards? What do you refuse to part with and what can you mark for a garage sale? Make working in your kitchen easy with enough drawers and roll out trays to retrieve items out of the base cabinets. Make space for cook books, the microwave off the counter, a pantry, and don’t forget about the family pooch! Family pets not to be overlooked!

Limestone floors were a durable, easy-to-clean choice for architect Heidi Richardson’s client who has large dogs. The beige and gray floor colors even camouflage shedding. Photo by Colin Mcrae. Full article available at COOKS KITCHENS/ Professionals share their recipes for design success.

Recipe for success

June 10th, 2007 § 1 Comment

Whipping up a functional kitchen? I am asked all the time what is the first thing to consider when remodeling. I like to think designing a kitchen is a lot like buying a good pair of shoes. What one person considers essential is another person’s drudgery. I personally haven’t worn pumps (intentionally) since the 80′s and would be very grumpy if forced to wear them every day. Getting a good fit for your kitchen and new appliances is as important as getting a good pair of shoes! Style and trends are fun to look but if it isn’t your style then you could be very disappointed in the long run. First and foremost make sure your new design and appliances suit your personal style.

“The friend of the family expert”. Everybody’s got one! Be it a sister, an aunt, uncle Lou, cousin Bob, neighbor Ned. If I had a dollar for every time a client started to second guess what they wanted because the “family expert” came over to critique their decisions, I would buy myself a yacht and sail away. Sometimes enlisting unsolicited advise derails the process of getting a great design; and who’s kitchen is this anyway? Don’t be swayed to buy into someone else’s idea unless you are absolutely certain it’s your style.

Size is important, how big is your kitchen? Bigger kitchens are not always better. Too many steps from the cold storage to the prep area or cook top makes cooking a chore.

Interior designer Ann Jones (picture above) finds the wood counter tops in her Sonoma kitchen attractive, practical and inexpensive.
What I love about Ann’s kitchen is the warmth of the wood tops, the open and airy brightness to what would typically be a narrow, confining small space. Notice the walls are absent of standard wall cabinets. I like the open shelves! Chronicle photo by Eric Luse. Cooks Kitchens

Use: who is cooking, how many cooks, what’s your cooking style? I noticed those who enjoy cooking want “visual” access to plates and pot and pans. Remember Julia Child’s kitchen?
The visual cook prefers pot racks and open shelves and have fresh herbs in pots at the kitchen window.

The meticulous cook may be clutter phobic and more prone to ask for appliance garages and methods for containment to conceal everything.

Counter surfaces: are you considering bigger appliances? Make sure you are not sacrificing counter top landing space. Also important is storage space. Taking down that wall may mean an open space to the den, but what happens to your glass and dinner plate storage? Don’t overlook using a hutch in place of wall cabinets to contain glassware and dinner plates. Immediate picture above and below courtesy of Smallbone of Devises, typical bespoke handmade fitted kitchen designed cabinetry.

Mary Risley (shown above) has a large kitchen for entertaining (shown) and a small, everyday kitchen, just beyond her dining room table. Chronicle photo by Jerry Telfer. Notice in Mary’s big kitchen, (great for dueling cooks and entertaining), two sinks, two ovens, two cook tops. Any where she turns around their is a landing space, a prep space and she is close to a water source for clean up. Nice! And I love the big farmhouse table.
Now if you are jealous of Mary’s BIG Kitchen, after all this is far from the norm, take stock of what is in your cupboards? What do you refuse to part with and what can you mark for a garage sale? Make working in your kitchen easy with enough drawers and roll out trays to retrieve items out of the base cabinets. Make space for cook books, the microwave off the counter, a pantry, and don’t forget about the family pooch! Family pets not to be overlooked!

Limestone floors were a durable, easy-to-clean choice for architect Heidi Richardson’s client who has large dogs. The beige and gray floor colors even camouflage shedding. Photo by Colin Mcrae. Full article available at COOKS KITCHENS/ Professionals share their recipes for design success.

What the pros use in their home.

June 9th, 2007 § Leave a Comment


APPLIANCES: What the pros use in their homes
Here’s what the experts say about theirs.

I came across an interesting article from the San Francisco Chronicle, What the pros use in thier own home, by Jill Storey

Mary Risley, (pictured left), cooking school director, has several ovens and stoves in her home, including one she confesses to buying because the salesman was cute. (It’s not the best of the bunch.) Chronicle Photo, 1999

It just goes to show their are various reasons we all have for buying a particular type of appliance.

What the pros use in their home.

June 9th, 2007 § 2 Comments


APPLIANCES: What the pros use in their homes
Here’s what the experts say about theirs.

I came across an interesting article from the San Francisco Chronicle, What the pros use in thier own home, by Jill Storey

Mary Risley, (pictured left), cooking school director, has several ovens and stoves in her home, including one she confesses to buying because the salesman was cute. (It’s not the best of the bunch.) Chronicle Photo, 1999

It just goes to show their are various reasons we all have for buying a particular type of appliance.

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