Huette Monin Kitchen Accessories November 28, 2017 07:11:35
“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.
Gas ranges with their high BTUs are the most sought-after appliances for avid home chefs but if one s out of reach you might want to consider a single gas Bunsen burner with gas propane on the side says Sue Adams an interior designer with a flair for kitchens from Andover Mass. “It s not a fine design element but it can provide the high heat you want if you re a serious cook particularly in an outdoor kitchen“ she says. If you ve got a source of gas heat even from a residential-style range you can cook much more effectively if you invest in really good pots or pans or even just one says Eric Tanaka executive chef for the posh Tom Douglas Restaurant Group in Seattle. “The thinner stainless steel or copper pans have hot spots where a heavy enamel pot like an All-Clad spreads the heat evenly.“
Hambright s most treasured knife is a quirky one that her husband gave her designed by celebrity chef Alton Brown of Food Network s Good Eats fame. It features a razor sharp blade 33 layers of stainless steel and a 10-degree angled handle that prevents your knuckles from hitting the cutting board as you work. “It may sound silly but I just love the way it feels in my hand“ she says. “You do need to find a knife you can hold comfortably; otherwise you re not going to want to use it.“
Microwave. I don t have a fancy one don t need a fancy one. Forget the word “oven“ — this is a substitute for the top of the range. I cook vegetables in it melt butter and chocolate and yes I ve saved a zillion dollars reheating coffee rather than making a whole new pot. Just the time saved not washing dishes more than pays for this handy albeit mundane convenience.
When choosing your kitchen gadgets pick more stylish items that you won t be embarrassed to keep out on the counter. Opt for a bright KitchenAid mixer to display or choose a retro-inspired toaster like in this loft kitchen by Caitlin McCarthy Designs.
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.“