A house is not a home without a place to entertain, welcome friends and whip up some gourmet feasts. In any project I tackle, its imperative that adequate funds be allocated for the kitchen and dining area. It's the hub of the home and the centre of the action so I like to create a space equivalent to "mission control."
Never Sacrifice Your Need For Custom Touches
My design partner, Tommy, laughed at my inability to accept the in-stock kitchen cabinet choices exactly as they were offered. He mocked my dismay when I couldn't get everything I dreamed of, but then I showed him a thing or two.
By re-spraying some the upper cabinet doors and the door faces that opened onto the living and dining rooms, I was able to extract a reference to the muted olive undertones in both the kitchen counters and the living room fabrics; by cutting down pieces of in-stock laminate countertop with an aluminum edge, I was able to turn a dead corner into a stunning open display area with floating shelves; by sourcing handles and pulls from other retailers I was able to give my cabinets the high-end look I desired (and had satisfied my obsessive need to make it "mine").Keep your inner chef in check
No kitchen seems complete these days without sleek and sexy stainless steel appliances to give the cool look of a restaurant kitchen. But let's face it, top of the line professional grade appliances would have completely blown my budget, so I was on the hunt for a more palatable solution.
Instead of professional restaurant I opted for "café" appliances, which cater to kitchen enthusiasts trying to get it all for a little less. In the end, by making a few simple tradeoffs I happily ended up with a dynamite kitchen that guarantees "mission control" is humming whenever the chef is ready to roll.