Designer Kathleen Navarra granted the homeowners' wishes of a light, airy kitchen with crisp white cabinetry and a cerused oak island topped with marble while weaving in her trademark use of color. Navarra turned to rich chocolate tones for the grasscloth wallcovering, hardwood floor and La Cornue oven and hood and painted the ceiling with a sky blue lacquer to add depth to the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 kitchen.
The clean lines of the floating ceiling detail, oven hood and cabinetry work with the contrast of dark and light tones of the color palette to create a Zen-like feel in this open kitchen. The slate tiles carried across the island and up the wall and the granite countertops add a touch of earthiness to this otherwise contemporary space.
The three points of the frequently mentioned work triangle are the range, sink and refrigerator. Appliances can be broken up with the classic shapes; for example, the cooktop and wall ovens might be in different areas. Two sinks are important for a two-cook kitchen. This white kitchen is accented with a marble backsplash and a wooden countertop on the island highlighting the bar stools and exposed ceiling beams.
A vaulted ceiling, clean white walls and a front door with large glass panels help make this small kitchen and living area feel bright and open. White Shaker cabinetry conceals a small refrigerator, full-sized dishwasher, microwave and toaster oven. A farmhouse sink and barn-style pendant lights speak to a modern farmhouse aesthetic — as does the open shelving with beadboard backing. Saddle-style barstools provide additional seating.
Make It: Sweeten your seasonal decor by using tree ornaments made from cookie dough. You'll need four cups of flour, one and one-half cups of water, one cup of salt, clear protective food coating and ribbon. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Next, combine the first four ingredients. Knead the mixture into dough and roll out flat. Cut the dough into fun shapes using holiday cookie cutters, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. After removing from the oven, and while the cookies are still soft, use a knife to poke a small hole in the top of each. Coat the cookies with a clear protective food coating, thread ribbon through each hole and hang on the tree.
A mix of stained and painted wood define this luxurious traditional kitchen. A detailed, carved wood island adds casual seating and workspace while an ornate, metal overhead light adds visual interest. Intricate wood detailing above the oven and throughout the molding and cabinetry add to the luxurious detail of the space while a metal backsplash brings a modern touch to this otherwise traditional kitchen. Wood parquet flooring adds even more stunning detail.
This luxurious, Mediterranean-inspired estate in Newport Coast, California, features more than 11,000 square feet of living space and loads of distinctive design details, including the hand-picked stones used both indoors and out. The home is also filled with interesting nooks and crannies, including the twisting stairway in an indoor chamber that leads to a wine cellar. The entertainment-ready house features an elevator, theater, pizza oven, and a pool and spa with an outdoor kitchen and cabana.
The kitchen, designed by Chip Wade of HGTV's hit show Elbow Room, has created a lot of elbow room for the Williams family. The curved countertop adds a perfect nook for a rounded kitchen table with room to seat the family. The study area in the corner makes the perfect place for the Williams kids to study and do their homework, while the brick oven and modern appliances make the kitchen any chef's dream.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, a beautiful and functional new kitchen island looks out into the living room of this open plan main floor. Taking full advantage of the small space, Sarah packed a large sink, a second stainless steel oven and plenty of extra storage into the island's design. Two support beams, accented by gorgeous antique white corbels, are all that remain of the wall that once separated the kitchen from the living area.
This kitchen was designed for efficient cooking, and it looks fabulously French doing it. Designed to evoke the French Country style, its 10-foot ceilings, emblematic arches and intricate woodwork would have made Louis XIV proud. A decorative armoire, topped with iron pieces imported from Italy, hides the refrigerator, and a two-tiered Madura Gold granite island features a wet bar and two integrated white ovens. The island also features a raised seating area perfect for gatherings.
A cedar tree is the focal point of this kitchen, with lighting fixtures hanging between the upper branches near the ceiling. But even more impressive are the things you don't see. Electrical outlets and an exhaust panel are hidden within the granite and pop up at the push of a button. A built-in cutting board, wine storage area, Wolf double-stacked convection ovens and an incredible lake view add to the state-of-the-art kitchen.
This homeowner's love for color does not stop in the living room; this kitchen is chock full of color. The wood floor has been painted blue and green with an argyle pattern. A red kitchen island and blue double ovens accent the space. In the back of the bookcases, wallpaper has been applied to add more color to the space. The shelves are dotted with colorful pots, pans and dishes for easy access as well as decoration.
Terra cotta Ann Sacks tiles featuring a shimmery, geometric design offer a bit of a modern surprise in an otherwise traditional kitchen designed by Alison Davin for the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. The soft silver tone is perfectly matched to the stainless steel oven and hood for the ultimate custom look.
Homemade apple chips are a healthy snack, but they can take more than an hour to bake in a regular oven. Air-frying greatly reduces the cook time and yields a crunchy, satisfying treat. Choose your favorite apple variety and slice it into quarter-inch rounds. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over the chips before serving.
To give the homeowners much-needed space for entertaining, designers installed a large kitchen island that has enough seating for at least five guests. Not only does this space provide seating, it also gives the homeowners extra counter space for easy meal preparation, since there is direct access to the home's double ovens, microwave, refrigerator and stove from the kitchen island, which also contains a large prep sink for simple kitchen cleanup.
The stunning chef's kitchen boasts a combination of sanded stainless steel, granite countertops and hand-cut painted glass tiles. The kitchen is organized with sleek and ergonomincally functional cabinets, allowing its top-of-the-line applicances to be concealed yet easily accessible. The appliances include: a gas stove with a warming drawer, double ovens, an induction cooktop inset into the granite island, two dishwashers strategically placed on each side of the sink and a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer. Two walk-in pantries allow for ample storage of both food and china dishware.
Three ingredients (plus some basic seasonings) and just a few minutes prep the night before result in a hearty and comforting bowl of hashbrown casserole goodness in the morning. Pop the casserole in the oven when you wake up and in just 30 minutes you’ll have a warm bowl of cheesy hashbrowns. Get the recipe >>
For the cranberry and popcorn garlands, thread a long piece of embroidery floss onto a long embroidery needle. Thread the cranberries or freshly popped popcorn onto the floss until the garland is long enough to wrap around your tree a few times. To add fresh fruit to your tree, bake orange slices in a 200 degree oven for three to four hours until they're fully dried and use ornament hooks to hang them on the tree.