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Double the Designers Help Creative Kitchen Process

When we meet with new clients to consult about the look and feel for their upcoming space, it’s not uncommon to hear phrases like,  “we wanted to get an expert opinion” or “I’m not a designer…” But it was different when we partnered with client Adrienne Rosen, a certified interior designer and proprietor of Adrienne Rosen Interior Design LLC. A seasoned professional with a keen eye for details, Adrienne already had some great visions of the perfect kitchen she and husband, Tom, had always dreamed of. We caught up with Adrienne to talk about what the collaborative process of creating her new space was like and the motivation for some of the aesthetic and functional choices.

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Q: You are a interior designer by trade, how did you enjoy working with another designer on a project so personal to you?

A: I thought we worked very well together. My goal as a professional is to try to design with the client’s taste in mind, and I felt like the Kitchen Design Concepts team did that. We both brought a “fresh look” to each other’s ideas and designs.

Q: One major inspiration for your kitchen started in our showroom, tell us more about that.

A: I was visiting the Lakewood Showroom and fell in love with the Glazzio Tile for the backsplash. That decision really set the tone for the rest of the kitchen. Originally we had planned for a more transitional space. Ultimately, we opted for more of a contemporary look including slab kitchen cabinets [Ultracraft Frameless Slab Door].

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Q: The large marble island really stands out in the design. How did you go about selecting and finding that piece?

A: Yes, that’s a piece of Calcutta Borghini marble. I wanted something with a certain feel and not too much movement, as well as warmer tones – not greys and whites. The Kitchen Design Concepts team and I looked at many, many slabs before we found the right one. It fits the space perfectly. I believe in taking time to find exactly what you want and instilling that value with my clients, too. I think Kitchen Design Concepts shares the same sentiment.

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Q: Another major change in your kitchen is the induction cooktop, did you always plan to put that in?

A: No, originally I had an electric and I was leaning toward gas. I first saw the induction cooktop in the showroom. Then during one of my Continuing Education classes, I learned about pros of induction cooking including how it helps save energy. It was a learning curve in the beginning, but I am very glad we went with it [Thermador Masterpiece Collection]. In addition to heating up immediately only the magnet piece on the stove and pan get hot, which makes clean up much easier. And, I like the way it looks!

 

Own a Private Island

Before I moved into my house, I lived with tiny kitchens. The kind where you open the oven door and hit the countertops. When I moved into my house, I immediately fell in love with my intensely spacious kitchen.

Apparently, that was new house puppy love because I soon discovered that my big kitchen layout was an even bigger nuisance. Just making morning coffee was an exhausting challenge. Walking a million steps to the sink for water, to the fridge for creamer, to the pantry for sugar – I still get tired just thinking about it.

Then my mom picked up a garage sale treasure that became the savior of my culinary woes – a movable kitchen island. Suddenly my kitchen was totally functional plus I could just roll the island out of the way whenever I wanted to utilize all my space or to clean the floors. I had always dismissed them before – I never grew up with a kitchen island and thought they were nice, but not exactly a necessity. Now I can’t imagine how I ever lived without one.

I think I love how many options there are with kitchen islands the most. You can find skinny ones to keep narrow walking aisles open or islands with laptop plugs built right in for the whole family. They can have extra sinks, ovens and even mini fridges. I’ve even seen islands that are a combination of movable and permanent – just roll away the second half when you don’t need it. My favorite was an antique buffet repurposed as a kitchen island – it makes for a truly original focal point. Check out some of the fabulous kitchen islands Kitchen Design Concepts has created and get inspired for your own island addition!

Our intern is Desiree Johnson, a recent journalism graduate and Texas native. The 26-year-old loves painting, her dachshund Munchie and using what she calls her “real, adult-sized kitchen.”

A Kitchen For: Families

Next in our series is a kitchen designed for a family of seven. This beautiful yet functional space is sure to be enjoyed by the entire family. The main focal point of the kitchen is the gorgeous slate wall along the back. The slate tiles cover the entire wall, drawing your eye through the kitchen.

For this family, seating is important. We created a large space perpendicular to the main working island that can accommodate seating for seven. Now the entire family can eat, socialize, and relax in the kitchen at the same time.

This mom loves to cook so we gave her a stainless steel counter-top along the outer walls. This material is durable and easy to clean. Cabinets placed above the work space make finding the right utensils a breeze!

Since this kitchen has minimal wall storage, creative storage solutions were implemented as well as an ample amount of cabinets under the counter-top.

For more kitchen inspiration check out our galleries for traditional, modern, and transitional kitchens!