Serious Cook’s Kitchen

serious cook's kitchen - renovated black and white kitchen with a pro range and two sinks - AtticmagHow a retired chef created a serious cook’s kitchen with great storage and two amazing sinks.

When Care Morgenstern set out to create the kitchen of her dreams in a 80’s house in the California wine country, she thought about all the “crappy kitchens” she’d had to put up with over the years. “Function was my primary goal,” Morgenstern says. “I hoped that it would look nice but I really wanted it to work the way I wanted.” As a retired, self-taught personal chef, her needs were for a serious cook’s kitchen — basic but not simple.

serious cook's kitchen - white kitchen before renovation of a California kitchen - AtticmagIn this house, she had struggled against a kitchen with a peninsula that created a logjam. And like many kitchenistas, she craved a six-burner range plus double ovens even though the working space is a modest 15- by 16-feet. Reality bit when two different contractors explained the ovens wouldn’t fit and the budget proved to be an issue as well.

Many good kitchens have such a story — a path to beauty and success that required a detour. In this case, it was question of accepting what could be done “without knocking down walls and making do with the space I actually had. I really thought about the kitchen and the end result is much better than my original design,” she says.

serious cook's kitchen - renovated black and white kitchen with a pro range and two sinks - AtticmagA cousin who is an interior designer came to her aid on the aesthetics and helped communicate what she wanted to the father-and-son contractor and cabinet maker who dispatched the remodeling job in just six weeks. The result is a highly original open kitchen with a unique island, customized dining area, and top appliances that function superbly for someone willing to make intelligent renovation trade offs.

serious cook's kitchen - M. Teixiera Barocca custom soapstone sink in front of bay window - AtticmagThe keys to this cook’s kitchen are two big sinks. On the kitchen’s perimeter in front of the new bay window is the custom M. Teixeira Barocca soapstone farm sink used exclusively for clean up. The drain and disposer are located in the top right-hand corner so they are “not covered up when there are a lot of dishes,” Care says.

serious cook's kitchen - wall with Miele speed oven, microwave and Sub-Zero in black and white renovated kitchen - AtticmagA Miele Optima dishwasher sits on the left of the sink. The faucet of choice is the large Kohler Vinnata pull-down.  Nearby [right] is a Miele speed oven — “it heats up quickly and is the right size for cooking for two” — microwave and Sub-Zero BI-36. Perimeter base cabinet drawers are contrast painted with pale green-gray, Dunn-Edwards Serene Thought.

serious cook's kitchen - island with Kohler stages sink & Blue Star range in renovated black and white kitchen - AtticmagThe second sink – used exclusively for prep — takes up one end of the 9-foot-long island which replaced the peninsula and opened up the kitchen to the dining area.

serious cook's kitchen - Kohler Stages sink in black and white kitchen island - AtticmagIt is a 33-inch stainless steel Kohler Stages – the small version of the best and most functional sink on the market right now. “I knew it was perfect for me,” she says. “I had originally planned a 6-burner range in the island and a 18 to 20-inch prep sink. So I gave up the two extra burners for the Stages. I haven’t regretted that decision at all since I spend so much more time at the prep sink and I rarely need that extra burner.”

serious cook's kitchen Kohler stages sink with knife tray in black and white kitchen island - AtticmagThe Stages features an interior rim and a stepped down integral ledge which helps keep things off the counter. Two inserts – a utensil tray and natural wood cutting board – slide across the top or stow away in a rack under the sink. A smaller Vinnata faucet keeps the counter styles consistent.

serious cook's kitchen - Kohler Stages sink with cutting board and utensil tray inset in M. Teixiera soapstone counter - Atticmag“When I have company, I cover the sink with the cutting boards and use it as a countertop. It’s perfect.”

serious cook's kitchen - dark green Blue Star range with orange knobs in black and white kitchen island - Atticmag

The island also houses a 30-inch, black-green Blue Star range, retrofitted with “Signal Orange” custom knobs. Orange is the favorite accent color for the kitchen which is painted in Dunn-Edwards Pearl White. The 36-inch island hood from FuturoFuturo “does a great job with smells,” Care says, though she adds it’s a bit noisy when cranked all the way up for wok cooking, as most hoods are.

serious cook's kitchen -pull-out condiment and spice storage in the island of the renovated black and white kitchen - AtticmagTo make every inch of the island count, two narrow spaces became condiment and spice pullouts fitted with Rev-a-Shelf inserts – one on the range end and the other nearer the prep sink.

serious cook's kitchen - surprise fold-back corner storage on the island of the black and white renovated kitchen - AtticmagThere’s even a surprise corner cabinet on the non-working length of the island as well as a special edge on the soapstone. Concealed hinges have a definite advantage when used on this type of cupboard to cover corner spaces easily and discreetly and are easy to install with just a few instructions.

serious cook's kitchen - detail of chiseled edge on outside edge of soapstone counter in a renovated black and white kitchen - AtticmagThe chiseled edge of the island is “very subtle,” Care  explains. “Most people don’t see it right away but when they do they go “Oh!” And they always want to touch it.”

serious cook's kitchen - eat-in dining area adjacent to the black and white kitchen - AtticmagTo create a congenial dining area, one set of French doors was replaced by a pair of windows and a 6-foot long banquette. Existing cabinets flanking the new built-in seating were reworked and hardware was replaced. Even with all the great details, the room isn’t completely done. “We really need to replace the dining room table and chairs,” says Care. “So if you find or think of something that might work, please let me know.”

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40 Responses to Serious Cook’s Kitchen

  1. Sweet Bee Cottage January 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    I just love that kitchen! I have never seen a range built into an island like that. The dining area is superb too! Thanks for sharing this one!

  2. Handy Man, Crafty Woman January 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    Wow, great kitchen! Love the “surprise” corner on the island. Very cool!

  3. Karen - The Graphics Fairy January 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    What a fabulous kitchen!! That farm sink is amazing!!!

  4. melinda January 10, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    Great Kitchen. That banquette flanked with closed in bookshelves is exactly what I would love to do in my kitchen. Sooo jealous!

  5. Carrie January 10, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Very impressive! I love the spice rack and have begging for years to have something similar in my own home.

    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

  6. Judy January 10, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    What a fabulous kitchen – it has so many great features! It’s not only very practical, it is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy!

  7. mindstorm January 10, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Such interesting features through the kitchen! It looks like she has a two toned kitchen with the inset doors/drawers one colour and the fascia in another colour (what are the colours btw?).
    Love the live edge on the counters also.

    I really like her layout – it is compact but with ample (not excessive) space for anything. One can see being very efficient in that space.

    (Must confess the thing I find most appealing and heart warming in the pics above is the dog’s bowl in the corner of the dining area. We have this in our otherwise shiny, updated house also and it is always a bit embarassing – so nice to see that other people also have these little annoying realities to contend with!)

    • Care January 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm #


      I had to laugh. My husband took the pictures for this article and he had just said that he was sorry that he hadn’t removed the bowls. I told him not to worry because lots of people have those same issues and they like to see what others have done. And then I read your comment.

      I spent hours trying to find a spot for the dog bowls but when the cost was going to be in the thousands to keep them out of the way the decision was a simple one. We did put the china cabinet up on the legs so that we could open the doors and not hit the bowls.

      The white in the kitchen is Dunn-Edwards Pearl White and the base cabinets are all in Dunn-Edwards Serene Thought. Serene Thought is very subtle and doesn’t photograph as well so it’s hard to see the color of the base cabinets except where we did the contrast with the drawers and the fascia (I learned a new word!).

      • mindstorm January 10, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

        Ooops! I hope that was a good laugh not an annoyed one.

        Please tell your husband that he has made one home-cum-pet-owner pleased as punch with his remission 😉 You’re exactly right – it is much nicer to see what others have done.

        Plus you made the right decision. i too tried to find something clever to do with the pet feeding spots. However, when I started musing that perhaps we would need to expand the house to support a dedicated pet feeding site, *my* DH put his foot down. Old fussbudget! So we too just share our kitchen spaces with the quadrupeds.

        Thanks for sharing the paint shades. Serene Thought may be subtle but I tend to think that the more subtle interconnections make for the more pleasing whole. And your kitchen is the last word in aesthetically pleasing.
        Well, the paint colours + the layout render it so.

        Congratulations on a really lovely remodel.

      • Lanne February 18, 2011 at 2:07 am #

        Are the top cabinets all in the D&E Pearl White?

        • Care February 21, 2011 at 11:27 am #


          Yes, all of the top cabinets are in Pearl White.

      • Karen January 19, 2014 at 11:33 am #

        Just came a cross this kitchen when searching the Kohler Stages Sink. You have designed a spectacular kitchen! Could you offer an opinion regarding the Stages Sink? I was wondering if you would still have installed it if you were not able to have an additional dishwashing sink?

        I love the idea of having both, but my kitchen has limited wall space due to being an interior room with openings to three other rooms. Having that second sink would require me giving up general work space. I would have platy of work space behind the island where I would put the Stages Sink so it is an option, but an additional consideration to a second sink is the fact that it would overlook a family room and would be a bother to those watching tv when in use, so I am pondering the Stages Sink as the only sink

  8. Kathy January 10, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    I’m in awe! What a beautiful and functional kitchen. Wow! I’d love to have this kind of set up.


  9. Linda Queen January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Wow love this kitchen, they thought of everything. Always love a great design that utilizes space , every inch of it , well!

  10. lynne@lynnesgiftsfromtheheart January 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Wow! Gorgeous.. not one detail missed. hugs ~lynne~

  11. Darcy from The I.Design Box January 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    I love the sink with the drain in the top right corner. It is my pet pieve when dishes pile up over the drain. Love the color combination, classic! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  12. Sayde January 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Love the kitchen! So well thought out, comfortable and looks like a delightful space to be in. Care, your Blue Star looks great and helped me make the decision to get mine. Thanks!

  13. Jane F January 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    So glad you all liked Care’s kitchen as much as we did. There are so many which are beautiful but few which also excel in terms of ideas. What a pleasure!

    P.S. to Mindstorm: I knew you would love that gray-green. It’s almost like that DK color in the can you sent me LOL!

    Also want to add that I have serious, serious, serious Kohler Stages envy. It didn’t exist when I did my first kitchen and it wouldn’t fit in the second. Makes me want to move!!

  14. H January 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    I’ve wondered about putting a range in an island as our kitchen has a similar set up. Glad to see it can be done. It’s beautiful!

  15. John Z. January 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Inspiring kitchen- also ordered a Futuro Galaxy hood.

  16. Jenny1963 February 5, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Fabulous kitchen, Care! I LOVE it!

    Wondering how large your gorgeous farm sink is?

    Jane, I’ve also been obsessed with the Stages sinks and haven’t given up yet on attempting to fit one in my tiny kitchen (11″ x 11″) reno (though I should.)

    • Care February 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Jenny1963,

      I went with a “standard” size for a custom soapstone sink. The company had about 5 sizes that they offered. It’s 30″ x 18 1/2″ x 9 3/4″. Because of the thickness of the sides the interior is about 27″ x 17″. The sink is made from slabs of the soapstone that I ordered. Hope that helps.

  17. Liliansreno December 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Hi Care,
    I was floored when I saw your kitchen because not only is it inspiring, it has almost exactly the same layout that we are planning on having in our new townhouse. In ours, we won’t have a window and on the island the locations of the cooktop and sink are switched. May I ask some questions about it? First off, our island will only be 8 ft long (with a 30″ induction cooktop). Do you think this will be too small to have a Stages sink in it? If not, where would you give up the 1 ft of space? I’m thinking about putting the sink right next to the cooktop so the faucet can be a pot filler too. I’m also thinking about just getting a smaller sink or splurging for a custom sink/countertop. What would you recommend? Thank you so much!

  18. Care December 3, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    Hi Lillian,

    Thanks for the lovely compliment. When I was researching info for my kitchen it was always great to see something similar to what I had planned. I always got great ideas that way.

    I love my Stages sink and I worked really hard to fit it into my island which is 9 ft long. I just don’t see a good way to fit it into an 8 ft. island along with the 30″ induction cooktop. The only measurements that would work would be 12″ on one side of the cooktop and 18″ on the other side. 33″ of Kohler and then 3″ between the kohler and the edge of the countertop. The adds up to 8ft but I have a real hard time with only 18″ workspace next to the cooktop. I have almost 29″ and it’s just barely enough even with using the Stage’s sink as a workspace.

    I don’t know how much you cook but bowls, food processor, ingredients, and all that stuff take up quite a bit of space. When I’m at the stove, I want all of that right at hand. More than anything else you always need workspace. So my personal opinion is that you need to find a different sink. You didn’t say if this was going to just be a prep sink or if it will be used as a main sink for dishes too. That would affect what you should choose.

    And because of the workspace issue I wouldn’t put the sink right next to the cooktop. Once again, I always need that space for ingredients, hot pans, stirring utensils…all kinds of things. I think that pot fillers are a nice idea but they are way down the list when compared to work space. And even if you fill the pot when it’s on the stove, you still have to pick it up to pour the water out. I wouldn’t give up my workspace for that. But if it is important to you, try to find a sink faucet that would be long enough to reach a pot without compromising your working area.

    I hope that I haven’t dashed your dream but I know that there’s lots of great stuff out there that will work for you.

    • Liliansreno December 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Care,
      Thanks so much for this feedback. It would only be a prep sink, as I would have a clean up sink across the aisle like yours. I guess I thought the Stages sink with the cutting boards in it would function as a flexible workspace. What I’m trying to achieve is something that functions like, where you put cutting boards in and they slide back and forth, and you have a “counter” or a sink depending on what your needs are at the moment. But, it sounds like, in your experience, the Stages sink really doesn’t work that way. Correct? The smarter sink at is also like the Stages but the ledge moves back and forth. Maybe just a small prep sink at the end of the island is best for me, or a combo cleanup/prep with two faucets against the wall. I’d be happy to hear what you think.

  19. Jane F @ Atticmag December 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Kohler has 2 other sinks which are similar to the Stages ranges, the 8-degree and the Poise, but unfortunately, all seem to be 33″ wide.

  20. Liliansreno December 4, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    @Jane, Just when you think you’ve seen all the sinks…
    @Care, I had one more idea. What if I put the stages sink on the end of the island, going across the 3′ side? Then I would have about 34″ of uninterrupted counter space between sink and cooktop. I do cook a fair amount, mostly simple things, but I do want to cook more in the future. I agree it’s great to have a big width of uninterrupted space; for me 4′ would be nice. But, I really want to fit a sink on my island.

  21. Care December 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm #


    Wow! I hadn’t been paying any attention to sinks and such for awhile since I’ve completed my kitchen. That galley sink is cool.

    I didn’t mean to give the wrong impression. The Kohler does work as an additional surface. I usually leave the wood board in and use it for cutting vegetables and such. It does move and I use the higher stainless steel ledge for cleaning seafood, peeling tomatoes, etc. Still that 29″ in between the sink and the stove gets used a lot for the cusinart or mixer or bowls of already prepped foods even with the Kohler board. It works but even with that space I would love some more.

    Your idea of placing the sink along the 3′ section could work. I like the idea of the extra workspace it would give you. I do have some concerns about it though. None of them are deal busters but they’re things that I think you may want to consider.

    One problem I find with the 3-4″ to right of the sink is that occasionally if I’m not careful with the faucet the countertop/and or floor get sprayed. With a 3 foot space and a 33″ sink that gives you even less wiggle room on the sides for things that fall on the floor or for water spraying.

    Because of where I needed to be facing placing the sink at the edge wouldn’t have worked in my kitchen but it might work in yours. If you placed the sink at the edge, what would your back be facing and what would you be looking at? You have to think about that.

    Also, I like having the prep space close enough to the range top so that I can do prep and keep an eye on things at the stove. I just have to move over a foot or so to give something a stir or change the heat. If the sink is at the edge, that’s a bit of an extra walk. It’s not much but it could make it less convenient. Currently when I’m at the sink my back is almost to the trash can. I can gather up trash, turn around and dump it (in the can, of course). Think about where your trash will be. It’s not fun to walk too far with dripping things.

    One of the best things to do is to imagine yourself cooking maybe even with a mock layout to see if it works for you. Only you know how you like to have things set up when you cook.

    Hope this helps.



  22. Care December 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Oh, I forgot to add. You can have decent size prep-sink on your island with the 8 feet. Something 18″ would work fine. That’s just a bit smaller than the size of the sink itself on the Stages. I was totally prepared to do that if I couldn’t get the Stages to fit and I think that it would have worked fine.

  23. Liliansreno December 5, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Hi Care,
    Thanks for this great feedback. You bring up a very important point. If I put the sink on the short end, on the plus side, I’d have the best view of the house, looking over the cooktop to the backyard. But, my back would be to the refrigerator. Even with french doors and a 42″ aisle, that sounds like a bad idea. I could move the fridge over, which would still work overall, but like you said, I’m not sure I’ll like having to go around a corner to get to the rest of the counter or cooktop. I might be better off just getting a smaller sink. So, thanks so much for your advice on that. You’ve been a big help.

    Yes the galley sink is cool. I love the functionality, but I think it is just too big for my needs — and $1000/foot sounds like an awful lot too.


  24. Liliansreno December 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Oh, Care, I forgot. One more thing — when you say 18″ sink, do you mean the interior width of the sink? –Lilian

    • Care December 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

      Hi Lillian,

      Glad that I could be of help. I was just saying an 18 x 18 inch sink. That may be a bit smaller on the interior. I did a very cursory check online and Kohler does have an 18 x 18 Poise sink that comes with a bamboo cutting board that looks like it will fit over the sink completely . I would do more research if I were you because there are so many cool sinks these days. You need to find a style that will go your needs and your kitchen. Good Luck with everything!

  25. Liliansreno December 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi Care,
    It’s me again! I hope your holidays are going great. After doing some mock-up cooking, I realized as a right-hander, I should really have my prep sink on my right side. Did you plan to have your prep sink on the right and range on your left? Did you have a preference? Do you mind having the range between the fridge and prep area? In our current layout, the prep sink is where your range is so it’s closer to the fridge, but it feels awkward to me to prep with the sink on my left, so now I’m thinking I should maybe lay it out like yours.
    ps. I have been researching sinks, and yes there’s an amazing array of sinks nowadays.
    Have a great new years!

    • Care January 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      Hi Lillian,

      Happy New Year! I don’t know whether being right-handed makes a difference. Here are the two criteria that I used for the sink placement. First of all, I had had a cooktop in the spot where I was going to put the new one. That way I didn’t have to move gas lines. Less money spent. Second, I put the sink on the right because I wanted to have a clear view of the Family Room TV while I was doing prep. Simple as that.

      While I don’t mind having the range in between the cooktop and the sink, there is a small advantage to having the sink closer. It saves a few steps when getting things from the frig for prep. But the current placement hasn’t been an issue for me. As you can see, my reasons for placement had less to do with the actual cooking than with other factors. Hope that helps.

  26. Vicki July 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    Hi Care, Thank you for sharing your amazing kitchen with us. Since you have had some time to adjust to everything and give it plenty of use, I would love your input on 2 particular areas:
    soapstone counters and the Blue Star Range. I am in the middle of a whole house renovation, and my plan from the beginning has been soapstone and Blue Star. I read many pros and cons on both, but they continue to tug at my heart.

    Have you been satisfied with the performance of the range? Any service issues?

    Do you find the soapstone to be all that our hearts long for, and are the imperfections created by ‘real use’ an added bonus to its character? How often do you oil yours? Are scratches truly easy to oil or buff out? I’m not a fan of polished or perfect look. We are striving for vintage farmhouse, with a modern industrial twist:-) Soapstone fits this bill perfectly, but I’ve never been able to speak with a “soapstone” person before. Thank you for any input that you would be willing to offer me!

    • Care July 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm #


      You have asked two really good questions. I had them myself when I remodeled the kitchen. I couldn’t get them answered to my satisfaction then so I took a leap of faith with both.

      I have been really happy with the Bluestar range. The burners and the oven have been a dream. Overall, it works as advertised and I love the colors that I chose. There are a few things to mention.

      1. The simmer burner in the back is sometimes a little hotter than I’d like. Most of the time it is not an issue, but I have occasionally needed to use a flame tamer which is a small metal piece that diffuses the heat. You can get one from Amazon.

      2. The cast iron burners do have some oil spots that I haven’t been able to get out. They don’t stick out but I do notice they are there. I have had no problems cleaning the oven interior. The oven window has been a little tougher to get the oil off. It’s not so noticeable from the front of the range, but I see it when I open it. Still it’s much better than my Miele speed oven which is a cleaning nightmare!

      3. Because the oven is so big it takes a bit longer to pre-heat and I have found that I have to set the temperature very slightly above what I want for it to be perfect. However, I have found that I have had to adjust the temperature in every oven that I have ever owned. It always helps to start with a good oven thermometer and figure out the adjustment.

      Service: I had an issue recently. I decided to exchange the aluminum foil in my drip trays when I was in a hurry. I hadn’t noticed that one of the lines for the ignitor had gotten pulled down and when I pushed (a little too hard, I might add) the drip tray back, I accidentally severed the line. D’oh! I contacted Blue Star and they sent me a new line. They walked my husband and me through its installation. Although it took both of us to do it, it was much easier than I would have expected and we didn’t have to pay a service person to come out. Other than that, we have had no problems.

      Soapstone…a little trickier to answer. If I had it to do over again would I get the soapstone?Absolutely. Has it been more trouble than I anticipated? Yes.

      I have Barroca soapstone and if I understand it correctly each soapstone is different in softness. Mine is supposed to be in the medium range. It has been softer than I thought it would be so that it chips and scratches more easily than I had expected. For the most part, the chips and scratches just blend in with the rest of the soapstone and are not particularly noticeable. At first I tried buffing them out. It does work but then I just gave up because there were more than I wanted to deal with although I don’t want to give you the impression that they were everywhere. They aren’t. Without buffing, the mineral oil makes them mostly, but not completely, disappear. A few of the chips have annoyed me when I saw them and then I have just forgotten that they were there. Then there are a couple (not terribly big) that I don’t love seeing. To be honest, no one else sees them. I wish it didn’t scratch as easily as it does but it really is part of the “living” look that you get with soapstone.

      The bigger issue is the oiling. I really thought that I wouldn’t have to oil it as often as I have to. I will let it go a couple of months and it begins to grey out. It doesn’t look bad at all but it doesn’t have that deep black and white contrast that I fell in love with. I have tried mineral oil (Snow’s from Amazon) and beeswax (Clapham salad bowl wax-also from Amazon) and I can’t tell you which one does a better job of keeping the color. When I oil with mineral oil, there is a little bit of oily residue that takes some wiping and a couple of days to get off. You don’t necessarily see it on the countertop, but you feel it. I wish I didn’t have to oil it as often as I do but I live with it because…

      the soapstone is so beautiful and when it’s not oily (which is rarely an issue) it is so wonderful to touch. There is something so soothing about the surface. I don’t worry about spills. I can take my very hot pans and put them on the soapstone without any worry. And did I say how beautiful it is? I really makes me happy to use and to look at.

      Now there are different soapstones which may not have the issues that mine does. Before I bought my soapstone, I brought a sample piece home but I really only checked it for color. I would recommend trying to scratch or chip it to see how it holds up if you think that will be a big concern for you.

      Ultimately, I think you’ll love your soapstone as long as you’re okay with its quirks. Also, when everyone else sees the soapstone they go “Wow” which is what you really want to hear.

      Hope this helps,


  27. Care July 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm #


    One more small note. When I talked about the oil spots on the burners, I should have said grease spots. They came from cooking. The burners didn’t arrive like that. Also I meant to say grease instead of oil when I was talking about the oven door.

  28. Robynne July 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    I really wish soapstone was available here in Australia – no one seems to have heard of it apart from as a very soft stone for carving ornaments. I wonder how much it would cost to ship to Australia!

  29. Gareth March 5, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    I love the idea of having a 2nd sink just for food prep! Especially built into the island like that. Great post :)

  30. Soofriver March 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    Love this kitchen! The responses remind me of the days we were planning our kitchens. Ten years later, I’ve never regretted using the Kohler (large and small) faucets in my kitchen. Sometimes I wish I had used soapstone instead of concrete. Thanks for a great kitchen post.

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