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Wine enthusiasts may want to consider the new 24-inch Column from Thermador that has storage for 98 bottles including those of variable sizes, allowing even collections with magnums to be well displayed. And in keeping with smart living, Home Connect can adjust and control the three temperatures zones remotely and also help with perfect pairings when it comes to recipes and entertaining. thermador.com
Some may think the openkitchen concept is about to expire, but I believe the informal layout of this plan reflects the way we live and entertain today, so it’s not going away anytime soon. Try as you might, you’ll never get your guests out of the kitchen so it’s best to make the space more inclusive and open. Panel-ready integrated appliances are a clever way to improve optics and also create a quiet backdrop to let the kitchen design take center stage.
Color is in! While timelessness can be a valuable component of kitchen design, bright shades can certainly be brought into this space without painting the cabinetry the color of the year. I like to use bold hues in pantries or sculleries which can include wallpapering or painting inside glass cabinets as well as on the ceiling. Don’t forget about adding a pop of color with a beautiful range, too! It all just makes life in the kitchen more fun.
If you know me, you know I love to cook and entertain. So one of my favorite trends in the kitchen is that people are now cooking together; it’s all about being social! It used to be that guests would come over for a dinner party and stand around while you entertain but now everyone is involved. With more people jockeying for the same space, I think a corner sink is smart, efficient and a total no-brainer for incorporating into a more social kitchen.
While white and gray kitchens are still quite popular, we’re going to see a movement toward color and texture in cabinetry, surfaces and tile, all while continuing the ideas of seamless integration and architectural minimalism. Induction cooktops are also becoming more popular because they not only cut cooking times and emissions, but they look perfect in integrated spaces. The seamless effect of an induction cooktop flush with the countertop really lets the clean lines of the kitchen sing.
COSTUME CHANGE The Axor MyEdition collection allows for complete individualization when it comes to your bathroom fittings. Six cover plates, including leather, wood, marble and glass options, can easily be switched out on the faucet and tub filler bodies, also available in several finishes. Now changing the look of a powder room or master bath to match new paint on the walls or upholstery on the settee is simple. axor-design.com
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PHOTOS: JUST CHILL’N: COURTESY THERMADOR. ASK THE EXPERTS HEADSHOTS: FARNHAM PHOTO: JEREMY KONNER. QUINN PHOTO: NATHAN KIRKMAN. HUH PHOTO: MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, COURTESY TWYLA. PONTERIO PHOTO: COURTESY FRANK PONTERIO. COSTUME CHANGE: COURTESY AXOR DESIGN.
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