Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Accessories November 28, 2017 07:11:31
“I would never skimp on a KitchenAid mixer“ says Hambright who bakes even at home and uses her mixers primarily to beat batter and whip egg whites. “I have four ranging in age from one to 17 and they are machines absolutely built to last.“Hambright uses one of her mixers as a juicer and admires the many attachments that can enhance the machines from food mills to sausage grinders. “But they cost hundreds of dollars so you should really figure out whether you re going to use one of those attachments a lot getting it down to how much it will cost per use before making the added investment“ she says.
Art is definitely one of my go-to s for styling kitchen counters. You can casually lean a canvas against a wall like designer Caitlin Murray did here. You could also display a series of prints or paintings in the same frame if you like a more uniform look.
Quality design elements like a kitchen island or bar area equipped with choice stainless steel appliances can greatly improve the functionality and appearance of your outdoor kitchen. Start by considering the equipment you ll use the most. Grills sinks and refrigerators are natural choices. Extras like pizza ovens rotisseries and side burners may sound like must-have add-ons but don t lose sight of what s most important to the outdoor cook.
“When planning a kitchen layout placing the sink under a window is a great option” says designer Karen Sealy. “Having a nice view can make washing the dishes or prepping food more enjoyable.” In this space she specified shutters to complete the room’s transitional style. “Using shutters is a low-maintenance alternative to drapery that still controls light levels and views” she says.
“I like the whimsical pulls used as a detail put here and there to personalize the kitchen. They say I like grapes or I love antique cars and they ll always have a place“ says Morea. “That kind of whimsy works really well at a second home or a vacation home. I have one client in Florida for example who used 125 hardware pieces in one beach house kitchen all starfish and it looked great. Pulls shaped like twigs and leaves work in a mountain retreat kitchen.“ In an ordinary kitchen pulls in fun shapes and colors strike a nice note when used sparingly. “For a personal touch I might use a few on a wine drawer or the doors of a wet bar or maybe one or two on overhead cabinets that aren t real close to the main cabinets.“
Larger pulls are “in“ these days too particularly among urban kitchen owners who follow the latest trends. “Those customers are gravitating towards larger drawers and horizontal cabinets and so we re designing oversize pulls that look good in proportion“ says Atlas Homewares Morea. “One of my favorites is the more modern matte black pulls that give that Asian feel and make a simple stylish statement.“