The Solaire, NYC
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I live near Broadway Panhandler so I visit often and recommend it. Beware though, they always have a sale on.
I like Amazon a lot. That is my recommendation for appliances.
I'm not really entering the competition but I was suddenly inspired to post pics of the kitchen in our rental in the solaire (www.thesolaire.com
- we're in the N line if anyone is interested in floorplan) because of all the comments about cold looking kitchens.
I don't agree with a lot of the cold comments so would be interested in examples of a warm kitchen. I figured that the dark wood and lived in look of this kitchen my qualify so would really appreciate others ppls' opinions on whether this is a warm kitchen or not.
To be honest I am not keen on the look at all. I don't like the dark wood, the handles or the expanses of black trim around the stainless steel appliances... (more after jump)
3 Compelling kitchen cooking/design tips:
In terms of design hints, if you can, I would change all drawer slides to the full extension kind.
I got a load for a good price at www.wwhardware.com.
Also, you simply cannot beat the island/peninsular/breakfast bar countertop so if you are desiging a kitchen from scratch and have the space, try and get one in.
However, what I do like and what makes this kitchen great is the layout. It is11' X 7' including the breakfast bar and I think it is a great use of space.
I can sit with my kids at the breakfast bar which is the perfect height for their high chairs and enjoy meals together with them. This kitchen also gets a lot of use. We cook at home a lot now because of the kids.
We had a the 36" top and bottom sub zero in our former apt and although I much prefer the clean look of the sub zero to the whirpool we have now, I must admit I can't imagine living without the ice and water dispenser now. Also the side by side design, even though the capacity is similar to the sub zero, is much more useful and we don't seem to run out of space as we did in the sub zero. The bottom drawer freezer was not the best design.
As I hinted, I am really interested in the no holds barred opinions of all the ppl that have commented on other kitchens so far. This is not my deisgn or taste so I want to hear all comments, contructive or not because I am trying to understand other ppls' taste.