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Aug-7-13

A Lived-in Feeling Kitchen

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A Lived-in Feeling Kitchen

Old-world light fixtures and warm, multicolored wall tiles give this new kitchen a lived-in feeling. A thick wooden bar and wicker chairs invite you into this cozy space, and the soft, intimate lighting and fine detail entice you to stay.

Aug-5-13

The Heart of the Family

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The Heart of the Family

Traditional and warm is the way to go for Melissa and her family. Setting her kitchen design in warm tones and woods, she wanted a smaller island to complement and balance her kitchen. With a full brick wall dedicated to the built-in fireplace and the family kitchen table nesting inside the space, the island acts as an anchor. It also replicates the clean lines of the room. With barstools for one side and storage opportunities and a sink on the other, this island is a nice example of a how a smaller-in-size island can have a big impact. Photo courtesy of Melissa Gregg

Butcher Block and Wood Countertops

 

A warm alternative to cool stone, character-rich wood countertops are staging a comeback. Traditional wood surfaces often are reserved for lower-traffic applications, such as islands that double as eating areas.

True butcher block, made from strips of wood bonded together, serves as a work surface. It is the only countertop material appropriate for slicing and chopping. Most wood countertops are made from maple, though oak, cherry, walnut and teak are also used. Eco-friendly bamboo is gaining popularity.

Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

The kitchen has become more than just a food-preparation area, yet it remains one of the smallest rooms in the house. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) considers any kitchen 150 square feet or smaller to be a small kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look more spacious with some big ideas.