More popular in Europe than in the U.S., conservatories are glass walled and ceilinged structures added onto a house as a garden or sun room. They are synonymous with greenhouse rooms or sun porches. These days, with formality on the way out, the concept of a conservatory is easily applied to the kitchen and with spectacular results. This kitchen style is a BOGO — designed like a greenhouse by the way the ceiling and windows are configured. One lovely example is the English-inspired Gothic Revival Kitchen which has a conservatory-dining space and kitchen in an open-plan room.… Continue Reading
Special kitchen features and approaches to accessories and appliances; specialty rooms
In some kitchens, a seating area can be restricted by structural elements such as windows, doors or pillars.
Two summers ago I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing top kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio when he created a Kitchen of the Year for House Beautiful magazine. One of the main points stressed during his introduction was not about the work triangle, appliance quality, or even about cabinets which are usually the most expensive fixture. Topic A was how kitchens had morphed into living spaces that made seating a key element. So built-in booths or banquettes, which can be fitted into awkward spaces have become a well-loved solution.… Continue Reading
I’m always on the looking for kitchen ideas that feel new or innovative, ones that set this room apart and keep it looking current. That’s not always easy because kitchens – traditional, modern, rustic and even cottage styles — have settled into a certain visual language over the past ten years and aren’t budging much. These days, really new kitchen ideas and features are found on the contemporary or modernist side, as we saw in the hidden cabinets of the Curved Oak Kitchen, or the Under Counter Refrigeration in a kitchen of that same name.… Continue Reading
How does a kitchen look with Andy Warhol’s neon cow but no full-size refrigerator? The answer is: just great!
Under-counter fridge/freezer drawers can replace a conventional refrigerator in certain kitchen situations. A large fridge might not be needed, or there may not be enough space on an unbroken wall. In the case in this kitchen (formerly a rental apartment) it is likely both. The owners, a high-end furniture restorer and his companion, have no family meals to prepare. Space and light at a premium on the ground floor of their 1864 French Empire house in New York City, which has a side yard.… Continue Reading
Kitchen cabinet lighting functions like the fridge in some modern cabinets.
Many European kitchen cabinet line combine tempered glass and LED technology to produce extremely bright light inside drawers and cupboards. Open a drawer and the lights go on, making everything inside more accessible. The LED (light emitting diode) illumination remains cool because the technology produces light rather than heat. It also uses very little electricity. Back in 2010, I featured the kitchen cabinet lighting in the Valcucine line on display at a home show. The “future feature” of 2010 is here and that extends to the bathroom, where Robern’s lighted bathroom vanity drawers are an excellent, similar, option.… Continue Reading
Don’t you agree that a banquette sofa is an especially logical choice for flexible seating at a dining table? Distinguished from a built-in banquette by the presence of legs and the lack of arms, a banquette sofa makes it easy to slide in without having to move the table. Three kitchens in different parts of the world illustrate the versatility of the the kitchen banquette sofa and it’s suitability for kitchens, whether the table is used primarily for breakfast or every day dining. We’ve been seeing banquettes for a few years now and detailed the trend in previous posts: Banquette Sofas Return, Formal Banquettes, Informal Banquettes and Big Kitchen Banquettes.… Continue Reading