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Aug-7-14

Clever Kitchen Ideas Tuck Away the Toaster

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Storage space was limited in this compact modern kitchen, so San Francisco-based KBC-Design  invented some creative storage options to accommodate everyday appliances and to reduce visual clutter. Here, above a Sub-Zero refrigerator drawer and a maple butcher-block prep surface, a secret solid-paneled door reveals a slide-out plywood platform that supports a toaster and a coffeemaker.

Hidden, but accessible. A magnetic touch latch opens the bright red door, providing access to the toaster and the coffeemaker. Hiding these appliances not only cleans up the look of the kitchen, but it also increases prep space on the butcher-block countertop.

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Textured glass in upper cabinets helps define the open storage without demanding neatness. Mismatched dishware is muted behind textured glass panels.

Feb-19-13

Cute White Kitchen Design With Smart Storage Solutions

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This amazing white kitchen is designed by its owners – I’d say they decorated it like professional designers. The space is rather small, that’s why it was decided to use light colors – white. The style is modern and all the materials were chosen very carefully – they should have looked great and be practical for cleaning. The furniture is very different: a lamp from Istanbul, some from IKEA, some more various pieces. Everything needed is here, smart storage solutions help to do that. The kitchen turned out to be very cozy and the lack of bright colors is compensated with the cheerful company of kids of the owners, they bring joy! What do you think of the design? contemporary kitchen design, minimalist kitchen design, modern kitchen ideas, sleek kitchen design, small kitchen, stylish kitchen design, white kitchen design
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Oct-9-12

Kitchen Stoveside Organizer

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Stoveside Organizer

Whether you use one crock or several, it’s wise to have essential tools in arm’s reach when you’re at the stove. Martha keeps ladles, whisks, pastry brushes, wooden spoons, and flexible spatulas in separate containers.

Rolling Cart

A cart provides storage where you need it. Martha usually parks this stainless steel one, with tools for cooking, by her range. A small freestanding island on wheels can serve the same purpose and is especially useful in a tight kitchen; it provides a work surface and a casual sideboard. “By adding a custom-cut marble top, a rolling cart can also be used as a bar when entertaining,” Martha says.

Also on the rolling cart: Martha’s mise en place — ramekins of various salts and often-used spices. A pinch is easier to gauge with fingers or a spoon than it is with a shaker.

Jul-20-10

Kitchen handles

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The handles you choose for your kitchen cabinets, cupboards and doors have a much bigger impact than you’d probably imagine on the overall effect of your design.kitchen-handles.jpg

The handles you choose make a big statement about your kitchen

So The handles you choose make a big statement about your kitchenmake sure you choose the right fittings for the style you’ve gone for with your kitchen.


Hidden handles

One of the kitchen trends you’re sure to have noticed, particularly if you’re planning a contemporary design, is that of hidden handles.


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Jul-2-10

Kitchen Storage

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The next step in planning your new kitchen is to plan enough storage to suit your needs. As already explained in Kitchen Shapes, different shapes of kitchens automatically provide different amounts of storage space. However, there are a lot more possibilities and styles than you might think. In this section storage solutions will be discussed and useful tips will be given to make the most of even the smallest of spaces.

Below-worktop area

It is obvious that the bigger the worktop, the more you can store below it. After you have planned the position of your sink, fridge and hob/oven, the rest of the space below the worktop is yours to play with, because cupboards are not the only option.

Storage below the worktop is especially handy for heavy items such as electrical equipment and heavy pots, pans and oven dishes. Think about how many of those items you have and how much storage space you have to give to those items. Remember to leave enough room for expansion as in the future you will buy more utensils and the items you already have will take up more space than you think!kitchen-storage.gif

 Products like bottles of wine and vegetables that don’t need to go in the fridge will also need their space beneath the worktop. Think of different ways to store them than the usual cupboard. For bottles for example a cupboard doesn’t really work, as you can’t see the bottles in the back of your cupboard. Think of a cabinet that you can pull out or maybe a pullout trolley. If you are a big wine lover you can think of special shelves to put your wine on display.

Vegetables must be kept in a dry place to prevent them from early decay so don’t store them too close to an oven or a hob. Wicker baskets will give a rustic accent to you kitchen and will keep your vegetables dry and dark.

 Most of your cutlery will be stored below the worktop as well. Try to store your cutlery close to the dishwasher or sink for quick storage after cleaning. Drawers are still the best storage option for cutlery, but you may find it handy to keep you ladles and wooden spoons in a jar on your worktop. Knives can be kept at a magnetic knife holder that you can attach to your wall or in a separate knife-block on your worktop. Make sure though that your worktop is free from too much clutter as this will give your kitchen a messy look. Read the rest of this entry »

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May-26-10

Kitchen Cabinets

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Cabinets are the heart of a kitchen’s organization and the key contributor to its appearance. Hundreds if not thousands of styles are made from a broad range of materials: fine hardwoods, laminates, veneers, painted particleboard, and more.

From the highest quality models to the bottom-of-the-line units, all cabinets have one thing in common: Fundamentally, they’re boxes.Some of the boxes stand on the floor and are capped with countertops while others hang from the walls. Some are fitted with doors and shelves; others hold drawers or other specialty accessories.

A kitchen-cabinet system is made up from several separate units, joined together side-by-side. Base cabinets may have drawers, doors, shelves, or pull-outs, or a combination of these. Plumbing bases have no shelves or drawers, reserving the space for a sink and plumbing. Upper wall cabinets offer storage above counters and appliances.
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Mar-13-10

Kitchen Storage Planning

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Kitchen Storage Planning — China Kitchen Cabinetry

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The best kitchen designs are laid out with work zones in mind. Using what’s called “the work triangle,” kitchen designers place everything from ovens and cooktops to sinks and refrigerators — as well as the cabinets themselves — within various zones.

Harmony® Storage Solutions by KraftMaid are organized by zones as well. These zones include Food Storage, Tableware Storage, Preparation, Cooking and Cleanup. Specialized Storage Solutions work within these zones, allowing you to maximize storage, accessibility and comfort in your kitchen.

Review the many options in this section. You’ll see how easy it is to create a kitchen that’s more organized, more efficient and more livable than you ever imagined.

This zone contains all of your basic food items, including canned goods, dry goods, perishables, refrigerated foods and bulk storage. In your kitchen layout, it should be placed near the Preparation and Cooking zones, and should be easily accessible for unloading groceries. Harmony® Storage Solutions that make this zone work hardest and smartest include lazy susans, pull-out pantries, multi-storage pantries, a variety of roll-out trays and utility cabinets.

This zone is used to store dishes, glasses, stemware, serving pieces, silverware and other items that you use in your daily kitchen routine. This zone should be planned so that it is easily accessible from the eating area as well as the Cleanup zone. Think about Harmony® Storage Solutions, like cutlery dividers, china display cabinets, base drawer storage and more.

This is the main work area in your kitchen. This zone will contain work knives, utensils, mixing bowls, food processor and other small appliances. Of course, it should be designed in proximity to the Cooking and Cleanup zones. This area will gain efficiency and practicality from Harmony® Storage Solutions, like base pots and pans cabinets with adjustable drawer dividers, cutting centers, floating island base cabinets, tambour storage, utensil ensembles and much more.

As you can imagine, this zone will include your cooktop, ovens and microwave. It will also contain your cookware, bakeware and cooking utensils, as well as your spices and cooking oils. This zone is the true focal point of your kitchen layout. And you can keep the focus on efficiency with Harmony® Storage Solutions, like a base cooking center, roll-out trays, spice racks, tray dividers and microwave cabinets.

The Cleanup zone is another area that can define your kitchen layout because it most likely will be dictated by plumbing access or the placement of your dishwasher and windows. This zone contains your sink and dishwasher, trash and recycling bins, cleaning tools and cleaning supplies. Make your Cleanup zone more efficient with Harmony® Storage Solutions, like a sink base door storage cabinet, pull-out wastebaskets and more.

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