Imagine the front of your refrigerator (a large visual space in your kitchen) with a digital photo surface of a favorite image: the Paris skyline? A redwood tree? Sunset over the coastline? Or how about the bottom pullout cabinets with a faux wood finish and the top section with a trompe l’oiel image of an elegant china cabinet? Or new materials like a thin sheet of slate with the look and texture rock? Design is moving toward customized appliance fronts so start thinking of your own wild ideas and let’s talk!
One of the best updates to my condo in San Diego was replacing both bathrooms’ and the kitchen faucets. New designs are sculptural and add elegance along with function. I like the taller styles’ graceful curves and ease of use, not just in the kitchen but in bathrooms as well. Kitchen faucets with pull-down spigots that flow or spray make washing large pots and platters much easier, washing vegetables gently a breeze, and cleaning the sink after second nature. Changing out all your faucets is a simple, beautiful, relatively inexpensive update to any living space that you will enjoy multiple times every day!
Moorea and I are still digesting all the wonderful new products we saw and design ideas we learned about at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in New Orleans last month. Some of my favorites are:
- Design for aging in place – planning for comfort and ease at home into your golden years
- Beautiful closets that make the most of storage space and provide easy access
- Flexible design for counters: movable extensions to add counter space or seating, reveal a sink or cooking surface when needed
- Trough-style second sinks that can be used for cold buffet service or beverages on ice when entertaining. May contain a removable herb garden insert when not in use. Has a fitted cover for more work space when needed. See example here.
- How to mitigate noise and reflectivity from a multitude of popular hard surfaces in the home (hardwood floors, smooth walls and ceilings, tiles, shiny flat-screens, etc.)
- Utility of two dishwashers: a busy family can take clean dishes from one and be loading the other. Timed to run after 8pm during non-peak hours, your one-year energy savings could pay for the second dishwasher!
- Use of low-energy-consuming LED lighting in drawers and base cabinets – finding what’s in the back just became easy
To learn more about any of these topics or discuss your own ideas, please call Moorea at 949-429-6422!
On Sunday, April 21, 2013 Moorea auditioned for HGTV! They had a booth at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in New Orleans and are looking for fresh faces and ideas for shows. Moorea did a fantastic job with her 15-minute, on-camera interview; informative, articulate, and poised (says her mom.) She spoke about her passion for creating beautiful kitchens in any style that work well for pleasurable cooking and entertaining. She noted that people who can’t prepare a sit-down, four-course meal for twelve in two hours shouldn’t be kitchen designers because understanding work flow and ease in a kitchen is fundamental to good design. Her charm came through when she told a story about working with an architect ten years ago who was dismissive about her ideas because she looked “really young.” ; ) The best part was when the interviewer asked if she had an idea for a new HGTV show. Moorea said she envisions “HGTV meets the Food Network”: a kitchen is redesigned with cooking in mind and then the homeowners cook with the designer to show how the kitchen functions superbly for a dinner party with their favorite friends. As we left the booth, an HGTV staffer from the wings called out, “You did GREAT!”
Kitcheneering‘s boutique showroom is moving half a block towards the ocean to 160 Avenida Victoria in San Clemente, California as of May 15, 2013. This newer, larger space with two designated parking spaces will make it easier for clients to visit us. Please come by to see and feel cabinet samples, tile, knobs and pulls as you visualize your perfect home!
Moorea’s new article, Perfectly Personalized, is featured in the current issue of STUDIOS magazine special issue for Spring 2013, organization & inspiration section (page 16-19). Her challenge was to design a perfect studio space using nothing but furniture and furnishings from IKEA! Imaginary gift card in hand, she visited her local IKEA to determine what would meet her needs given the variety of crafting projects she enjoys doing. Explore with her the process of doing this for your own perfectly personalized space. To help you visualize, the article includes product photos courtesy of IKEA and illustrations of the finished space by Evelyn Hernandez. Or go to IKEA with your own imaginary gift card!
The magazine can be purchased at craft and home improvement stores and is available online at www.clothpaperscissors.com.
Chef’s Secret – It’s the Burners!
How do you select the best cooktop or range top? Look for the following:
- Large (high BTU) burners in front (this is where you’ll saute’)
- Space around the burners adequate for 13-inch pans and pots (large pasta or soup pot in back and saute’ or simmer pans in front)
- Knobs in front or on the sides (so you don’t have to reach across hot pans to adjust the heat)
- Gas burners that generate 15,000 BTUs or higher (one BTU is the amount of heat to raise a pint of water one degree)
- Electric burners that generate 4,000 watts (equivalent to about 15,000 BTUs)
Have you heard of the heat “recovery ratio”? It’s how long it takes boiling water to return to a boil after you add pasta or vegetables. More importantly, it’s how long it takes for oil to return to optimum temperature after you add chicken or meat to brown. If the recovery ratio is long, your chicken dries inside and absorbs grease outside while it turns golden. The end result looks similar but the quality is inferior. It’s all about the burners. Heat is a chef’s secret ingredient!
For more Moorea’s book on buying the right appliances, KITCHENAPPLIANCES 101 (What Works, What Doesn’t and Why) please click here.
Moorea was selected to be one of the “Voices of the Industry” at the international Kitchen & Bath Industry Show!
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 – 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Trends in Kitchen Design-Adjacent Spaces
Mudrooms – Laundry Rooms – Pantries – Craft Centers – Desks. If you aren’t designing these kitchen-adjacent spaces, you are missing out on an important revenue stream for your business. Busy homeowners need room for managing life’s chores. Today’s clients often choose great-room style open concept kitchen-dining-living areas. For all the advantages of an open floor plan, there is an often-overlooked downside: when you mix the public and private spaces in a home, there is more pressure to keep the space neat. By combining a cramped mudroom, claustrophobic laundry room, and too-separate office into a chore-oriented service center, the space is not only more comfortable but also more versatile. At the end of this session you will be able to identify sales strategies to expand kitchen-remodel and new-construction projects to include adjacent spaces. We will discuss how kitchen design best practices can be applied to other work areas to increase sales.
Deeper Counter Space = Functionality
Standard base cabinets for kitchens are 24-inches deep and, with overhang, counter tops are typically about 25 inches. If small appliances are kept on the counter, this further narrows available the two-feet deep work space.
Cooking is easiest when everything needed is easy to see and easy to reach. When there isn’t enough horizontal space for this, we start to work vertically – we stack. Containers and pots and bowls and food are stacked on top of each other, or placed on top of the refrigerator, range, sink – anywhere we can find space. Does this sound painfully familiar?
Solution – 30-inch deep counter tops!
This is easily done by installing standard base cabinets six inches from the wall (called “furring out”) and topping with a 30-inch counter. The gap is covered by a 30-inch-wide side panel. You’ll be amazed at how much more space you have with six inches more depth along the length of your counters! Your coffee maker, toaster, food processor, canisters or display treasures can stay on the counter — and you still have about 18-inches of depth for your work space. In addition, you can make your wall cabinets 15-inches deep (instead of the standard 12-inches). This allows you to store even over-sized dinner plates and–wonder of wonders–platters! in a a wall cabinet.
I am pleased to announce the publication of another magazine article! You can find STUDIOS magazine, available in stores through 2/18/2013. The article, pages 10-15, includes photos of six great examples of spaces adjacent to the kitchen that combine the functions of laundry room, pantry, office, walk-in closet, mudroom, homework area – even craft space. Side bar columns are “Connect the Spaces, “Combining Spaces – By the Numbers”, and “Mom’s Headquarters”. I hope you will be inspired by this informative article about real families’ flexible, functional solutions to daily tasks are done in their homes.
To purchase your copy of Studios Magazine, click here.