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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Peeking through the window...

Aren't you curious how other people live? 
What their homes look like on the inside?
I always am, especially during travels.

In this kitchen below, my sister who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, was on a job site photographing and I am lucky enough to be able to share this kitchen design with you.
It's simple, clean contemporary beauty works so well
At first glance, I LOVE how the Quartz countertops 'spill' over the sides of the cabinetry, and onto the floor
 I love COFFEE so anything that hints a warm freshly brewed cup makes me smile and feel wrapped in a cozy hug of hospitality. 
I also love the use of smaller appliances here.  
Encourages more fresh buying a little more frequently
 Gorgeous upper cabinetry that allows the sun's light peek through the glass fronts and backs
Great use of opaque glass so the light comes through but the details of what is stored, stays mysterious
 This mix of stainless and the warm chocolate tones of cabinetry are beautifully balanced.
I also enjoy a display of favorite cookbooks.  The use of the open back, into the next room, creates more of a bar look here which works very well
 Interesting sink, isn't it?! 
A prep side, a small scrape bowl and a larger prep sink built into the Quartz counters.
Looks like the cook top has a burner for high heat, a wok perhaps? Yum
Sometimes having your cooking source so close to your sink can actually work really well.
I would allow maybe a little more space of countertop in between...

 The absence of hardware creates a clean look.
One concern when doing that, is it will wear down your cabinetry finish when you pull/grab at the same location time after time. Especially mid-prep if your hands are wet, or 'saucy'
Looks-wise, it's beautiful, but function may not be the best for you and your family.  Something to think about

Quartz countertops are a great resource for tops.  Many of them included recycled products with the stone, such as glass, porcelain, etc.
 Thanks for the sneak peek!

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