Location: GV, New York
Favorite Kitchen Stores
- kitchensource.com - lots of nifty gadgets, especially stuff by Hafele for organizational fanatics.
- homeclick.com - good source of renovation projects. Free shipping and no tax outside of NJ. Discount prices for design-y brands such as Duravit, Franke, Axor etc.
Small is definitely more (and functional too).
The original footprint of the kitchen was a modest 7x7 and I enlarged it to 7x8 by borrowing a foot from the dining area in order to fit the refrigerator. I love my kitchen because it does everything that a kitchen is supposed to do in its compactness while looking stylish. And more importantly, I love it because it has allowed me to do things such as hosting dinner parties, make Thanksgiving meals, and throwing kick-ass New Year's Eve soirees for my friends and family.
In the end, isn't that what we all want from a kitchen?
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3 Compelling kitchen cooking/design tips:
- Learn how to make risotto well and you'll be the most popular and frequent houseguest
- Make sure there's good lighting, both overall and task lighting. Do an electrical plan ahead so wirings can be hidden and outlets installed in the right places.
- There's nothing like having a marble countertop. You have to baby it more, but if you love your kitchen, that shouldn't be an issue.
I live in a large alcove studio that had only one prior owner when the building was built during the early 50s. The studio has several saving graces, one of which being a windowed kitchen, and thereby bringing in a lot of light throughout the day.
I got this kitchen from the Poliform showroom as part of their display sale. Literally, everything was included in the package including the proverbial kitchen sink and lots of nifty features (see photos).
I'm quite partial to European kitchen design to the extent that European manufacturers emphasize functionality and compactness. And no, I could not have afforded this kitchen if it wasn't a sample sale, but as all New Yorkers know, there are always bargains in the city...you just have to know where to look.
One drawback of buying kitchen displays off the showroom is that you have to make sure all the pieces work in your own kitchen, not always an easy thing to do due primarily to size constraints. However, a little bit of imagination, ingenuity, and elbow grease can go along way of steering one away from the Home Depot standard issued look that's so pervasive in this day and age.