Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kitchen Details for the Home Chef

Late at night when I'm trying to sleep, I plan kitchen storage. 

My pantry (above and below) is narrow but wonderfully functional. White dishes and Ironstone are stored on bookshelves. Canned items and staples are hidden behind doors. A counter holds my KitchenAid and breadbox. On the opposite wall, a tiny sampling of cookbooks are stuffed into a small library stand. Vintage draperies make me smile.

Square islands are great for two cooks. This one has plenty of drawers and prep space. 

This kitchen belongs to a chef.

This kitchen has two handsome pot racks and plenty of work space. 

Speaking of pot racks, Martha Stewart has a fine one.
Other: Martha Stewart's kitchen on Houzz

A studio vibe sets the tone in this industrial style kitchen. It's unfitted and customized for someone who loves to cook.

Sleek and modern, this kitchen has plenty of elbow room--and a separate baking/prep area.

A calming contemporary L-shaped kitchen has storage galore.

Do you recognize this famous kitchen?
It's Barefoot Contessa's studio kitchen, equipped with twin Sub-Zeros, a pro range, a cooktop on the island, and generous counter space.
Other Barefoot Contessa's kitchen on Houzz

Here, the footprint dictated the layout, but the owner chose to use vertical space to
store essentials. The reclaimed wood counters are a showstopper.

Open shelves add charm and function to a coffee station. 

Instead of building a pull-out spice drawer, this homeowner opted for utensil storage--a great idea.
I don't know about you, but my spatulas are always buried in a drawer.

A pull-out knife rack is tucked away, leaving the counters open for prep work.

A deep, divided drawer is an ingenious use of space to store pans.

A wide utensil drawer: the stuff of dreams.

A cabinet holds spices, oils, canned goods, dishes, and staples. Below,
you'll find storage for serving pieces.
Traditional Kitchen by New Rochelle Closet & Home Storage Designers transFORM | The Art of Custom Storage

In this home bar, the dust-catching bottles are tucked away in pull-out drawers.

This walk-in pantry added lazy Susans in the corner. 
Tablecloths hang on a rack.

Wooden pegs keep dishes from sliding around in deep drawers.

If you don't have a walk-in pantry, you can find storage in lower cabinets:
Double doors hide a small gourmet store in this cook's kitchen.

A white galley pantry keeps a chef's tools handy.

Whoever planned this storage took time to measure platters, bowls, and small appliances.
The result is a well crafted kitchen.

A built-in cabinet hides spices, condiments, bottles, and jars.

Bandwidth's perfect kitchen would include heavy duty metal racks.
I like them, too. 

Today's kitchen gawking has put me in the mood to cook. 
See you tomorrow at the Foodie Friday Linky party.


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