Lots of white cabinets.
A wood and marble-like island.
With gleaming silver tiles and drawer pulls, black lacquer shelves and confidently placed cabinets. And elegant glass front display "storage."
|Chef Lisa Pensiero cooking demo|
Others were lounging in the kitchen’s sitting area fronted by a fireplace and big screen TV.
and still more coming and going leisurely to the outdoor garden kitchen.
I liked the idea of the indented or square-shaped area built into the wood island counter top – much like a built in bowl – for fruit or other display. How intriguing… Yet here again, I’m thinking if one is a semi-serious cook, or even an absent-minded one, you could inadvertently put the oil or mixed ingredients down into an “empty” sloping bowl. It could spell disaster. It's a design solution in search of a need....
And I'm not entirely sold on the idea of the mix of Caesarstone and wood island counter top. It looked nice but is it enduring? I thought it could appear as if one or the other textured material was added in rather than designed in. Not sleek.
The Kitchen was as engaging as a couple’s rainy Sunday romp through a Home Depot Expo. There was lot’s of “Honey, look at this.” And “Check this out.” Nice inspiration.
|Don't you just love the pop of green sink color? Convenient, hidden trash receptacle|
The aluminum island front and backsplash – not unlike my own inspired mirror backsplash design in our home kitchen – is just a brilliant detail.
It opens up and reflects the light and space. Not that one needed that in Rockefeller Center, but you will at home…
The Pizza Oven seems to be a must-do in today’s outdoor kitchens. Men love them. And this Napoleon model was said to heat up very fast to a very high temperature.
The Frontgate seating was conservative and rich-looking, indulgent -- and made for relaxing while reading a good magazine or enjoying a pitcher of sangria with friends.
The planters and island planters offered symmetry and contributed to a tranquil outdoor living composition. There were nice container display gardens with a mix of grasses and vines and flowering plants.
We bonded over culinary design, foodie interests -- especially jam and local homegrown ingredients. Instant friends. Food can do that...
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