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How to Design Your Dream Kitchen by Sharon Blaustein

There is no place like home! And there is no place in the home like the kitchen!

A kitchen is the heart of the house. It’s where loved ones gather at the end of the day for a family dinner and it's a place where friends can relax and drink a glass of wine while the food simmers on the stove. Since it is such a vital part of any home, and there are so many components, we believe it's a room that needs to be comfortable and reflect the personality of the homeowners. 

There are a few key ingredients to creating a dream kitchen:

Kitchen designed by  ODA Architecture

Kitchen designed by ODA Architecture

Space planning:

Space planning is the secret sauce for a functional kitchen. A thoughtful plan is important for the right flow within the kitchen whether you are working or entertaining (and more often than not, both!). The main component to consider is the kitchen's work triangle – the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator, to the sink, to the oven while you're preparing a meal. Make sure all three of these areas are in close proximity or easily accessible to one another.

Classic work triangle.

Classic work triangle.

 

Another important component to consider is the kitchen island, which acts as the centerpiece of the kitchen. It can function as additional counterspace as well as an eating area for when you're on the go. If you plan on placing seating around it make sure you have an overhang of 10” or more to allow for comfortable space underneath. You can read more on our favorite bar stool options here

Kitchen designed  Stefano Pasqualetti

Kitchen designed Stefano Pasqualetti

 

Countertop material:

We love natural stones! They are rich, warm and have so much character with their natural veining. However, it's important to keep in mind that most natural stones stain easily, scratch and need regular maintenance. If you like to cook, have a busy household with young kids or just don’t like to worry every time you use the kitchen, we would suggest to avoid natural stone (or stainless steel counters that scratch easily). Quartz is our go to. Brands like CaesarStone offer a huge variety of finishes ranging from stone replicas to cool, concrete-like finishes. They are super durable and need no maintenance. If you're curious about learning more about different countertops, you can read more here.

Kitchen trends:

Modern kitchens, especially in a modern home layout where the kitchen is open, are often designed to look like furniture that you will find in a living space. The appliances are mostly hidden behind panels and the kitchen cabinets are made with rich wood finishes and seamless details such as grooves and reveals to open the cabinets rather than hardware. 

 

A modern kitchen in our  Scarsdale Home  project designed by  B Interior

A modern kitchen in our Scarsdale Home project designed by B Interior

There are so many more ingredients to a perfect kitchen such as lighting, cabinets, drawings planning, fixtures, appliances and list goes on and on. We wanted to give you a taste of the perfect kitchen design and will go get back to you with more in our future blogs. Stay tuned!

 

Modern Entry Foyer That Will Leave a Great Impression! by Sharon Blaustein

Many people ask themselves how to create an entry that will leave a great impression. An essential part of any modern house is a modern entry foyer. Modern houses typically have large welcoming entry foyers where the staircase is a main component. An open style foyer will also provide glimpses towards the other rooms.

In this Scarsdale home, we transformed the gloomy entry into an impressive space that sets the tone for the rest of the house. Modern chandeliers crown the double height ceiling and warm wood floors keep the space cozy and inviting. 

View of the house before 

View of the house before 

View of the house after transformation

View of the house after transformation

 

It's all about the first impression! When going into a modern house you want to create the feeling of Wow! A double height entry and cool modern staircase will do just that. In this home, we eliminated the old traditional staircase and created a modern open tread staircase with sleek glass railing.

Before - a cramped uninviting entry hall

Before - a cramped uninviting entry hall

Staircase before

Staircase before

Traditional staircase

Traditional staircase

Staircase after

Staircase after

Modern open tread staircase

Modern open tread staircase

You can only make a first impression once! A double height entry will leave a great impression on whoever enters the home. The abundance of light flowing in through the modern pivot entry door, sidelights and the open tread stairs all create an inviting, bright and welcoming atmosphere when you step into this lovely modern home.