I am about to take on a kitchen remake for clients with a large family who adore entertaining at home. The stove is HIS domain and SHE wanted a large island just for smoothie prep where the kids could also do their homework after school. Solution? Two islands......just like a bathroom, separate prep stations may just make for a harmonious cohabitation!
Here are two ideas I found while preparing some ideas for them:
I love the idea of separating out the island design from the rest of the kitchen. I also love the idea of painting an island one color and the cabinets another. I used this design scheme in another project a few years ago but I painted all of the cabinets a delft blue and left the walls white:
I usually try to create a triangle pattern between the refrigerator, stove and sink. This is optimal for serious cooks as it means less frequent and easier trips to the kitchen. This kitchen I designed in 2016 had an almost perfect triangle:
I absolutely adored this wall of glass stretching all the way to the ceiling!
I designed this one for my family and I loved the way it reminded me of an old-time NOLA neighborhood place. The gorgeous island, which I sadly sold with the house, was purchased in Connecticut. I loved it so much I moved it down to NOLA with my family. The layout was not perfect but we made due with the best floor plan that old house could yield and I loved spending time there:
Of course as a Wellness Within Your Walls Ambassador and Certified Design Professional, I almost always try to incorporate organic, sustainable materials and the concepts of environmental responsibility. I loved the sustainable aspects of my old kitchen with its Energy Star rated energy saving appliances. These days, bamboo is my latest obsession and I am drooling over this gorgeous, simple yet elegant kitchen:
When purchasing appliances, always look for the energy star label:
All this kitchen planning is making me peckish! I am going to my pantry:
Just kidding but I wish.....
Seriously, I am headed to my small pantry cabinet to grab some Bella Cucina Artichoke Lemon Pesto. Tonight I am going to make an easy pasta dish for my daughter and me. Just some shrimp and some whole wheat linguine tossed with about a this delicious pesto and with a salad, its the perfect weeknight meal. I love all of the Bella Cucina products so much, we are now carrying them in the store. Here is a teaser of what we are offering and yes, I may have gone a little pazzo but that's la vita!