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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Embracing appliances-Part I

Appliances offer so many important roles in great kitchen design
From speedy cooking, providing chilled storage for perishable goods, creating a great cup of coffee, cleaning our dishes and so much more.
It can prove to be a challenge to balance the metal to the wood in certain designs but my motto is, "Pick the dream appliances and I'll make it work in the design"
This kitchen below was a challenge in the fact of within two walls, there were EIGHT difference appliances
A refrigerator, a microwave, an oven, a warming drawer, a coffee machine, a hood vent, a range, and a dishwasher...lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
 By hiding the hood vent within a beautiful wood hood, and paneling the large refrigerator, it balanced out the wood to stainless ratio quite nicely.  The micro, oven, warming drawer, coffee machine and range are all left in the steel they should be in.  Meant to be wiped down, glossy and HOT working away.
I love this coffee machine that my clients have and think it has already paid for itself...something to consider if you are an avid drinker.  A $3 Latte daily adds up!  In one year, you can save and pay for this delightful little machine.

Below shows the large, beautiful island to seat a family of six comfortably.  To keep the island 'quiet' with little change, I recommended paneling the Dishwasher so it blends with the rest of the cabinetry.  Another perk to paneling is the dishwasher is touched/handled so much that often the stainless steel looks constantly messy with drip marks and fingerprints.

What appliance would you love to incorporate? 
Which would you like to panel and have it visually disappear but still function daily for you?

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