For a meal that already requires days of prep, serving food buffet-style is a surefire way to lighten the load on the hostess. And on a holiday that's as food-centric as Thanksgiving, there's no better way to give guests the freedom to come back for a second (and third!) helping of their favorite dishes. I set up my buffet on a vintage wood sideboard. This is a great time to get creative and think about repurposing furniture from other parts of the house — an old dresser, desk or even a wood door propped up on sawhorses would make a perfect buffet.
The homeowners wanted a stylish, functional kitchen that would serve their every day needs as well as when they entertain. Designers started with a neutral color palette that would reflect the lovely ocean sun. Then, they added a stylish brick backsplash above the stove a section of wood panels in the ceiling and complementary granite countertops throughout the space. Two large islands with their own prep sinks make food preparation easier, while a breakfast nook gives the homeowners a casual dining option for every day.
One of the things these homeowners wanted for the design of their new home was a fun, functional place for their family to spend time bonding-particularly over food. So, in the kitchen, designers kept the concept simple, open and functional. Elegant materials and colors keep the space stylish, but minimal decoration helps maximize the useful space and minimize clutter. Designers made sure that the homeowners had tons of counter space for easy prep and serving, as well as plenty of cabinets for storage and a large sink, making for easy cleanup.
This eat in chef's kitchen is every cook's dream. The elegant wood of the cabinets blends perfectly with the rich exposed beams in the ceiling that help to give the space the Moroccan inspired look the homeowners desired. To complement the wood, designers chose a natural colored tile for the kitchen's backsplash and a complementary travertine tile for the floors. Not only is this kitchen beautiful, though, it is also functional. A large kitchen island with a huge prep sink adds plenty of counter space for food preparation and serving, while gourmet appliances make cooking easy-whether it's for ten people or a hundred.
This large, open country style kitchen has everything a family could need. The beautiful custom cabinets provide plenty of storage space, while the large kitchen island gives the family plenty of space to prepare their food. Cabinets and countertops extend along the sides of the room for more storage and preparation options. Appliances in this space include a dishwasher, a refrigerator, a double oven, a two sided prep sink and a wine cooler. The final touch for this family was to add some casual seating at the kitchen island. This option allows the family extra seating when they have guests or simply gives them a place to have a casual meal.