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BY THALITA As a mother of two twin boys under two, the kitchen is where I hang my many hats. More than a place to prepare meals, it’s a storage spot for baby gear, overflow for laundry, and snack time headquarters.


While it’s perfect for my growing family now, not long ago, this space was anything but functional. As the central hub of our forever-home, our renovation goal was to create a space that felt grand, airy and open. But more than being good-looking, we needed the space to cater to our family. With function top of mind, our oversized island offers tons of surface area for everything from coffee to crafts—but it’s what’s inside that really counts: tons of storage and the whisper-quiet Frigidaire Gallery® Smudge-Proof dishwasher. With napping toddlers, it’s a game changer plus there’s no do-overs, all dishes come out perfectly clean and dry in ONE cycle. When the boys wake from their slumber, the Frigidaire Gallery® Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator makes mealtime easy and clean up efficient with over a 100 ways to customize the shelves so it’s easy to be prepared for whatever is on the menu that week. Lastly, thanks to the Frigidaire Gallery® Stainless Steel Slide-In Induction Range only the pans get hot, not the cooktop, making safer for the boys and this multi-tasking mom. With appliances that fit the bill for both form and function, the long journey to creating our dream kitchen has been well worth every sleepless night—both at the hands of the renovation and our two tots.