Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Tomorrow! Can you believe it?! I know many of you will be in your kitchen most of the day preparing for a delicious feast today, tonight and tomorrow. Kitchens are the hub for the holidays; the room where the food magic happens! And with that, a properly designed kitchen with a good layout and countertop space is essential.
More often times than not, there are multiple people in the kitchen helping prepare the festive food or they are there hanging out. With more people, the kitchen can get crowded and warm with all the appliances being used. Below are key kitchen design elements I use when designing client kitchens that are helpful when family and friends are in the kitchen helping prepare the Thanksgiving meal.
Sinks: Main & Veggie sink, having two allows someone to wash and clean while the other can use the other to prepare.
Cooking Appliances: Double ovens are perfect for the holidays with all the baking that needs to be done. Some clients have a full 48-inch range (includes 2 ovens) & a wall oven, having 3 ovens total. Warming drawers are wonderful during the holidays because we all know that we can’t cook/bake everything at the same time, so keeping food warm while others are cooking is great!
Cleaning: Think of having two dishwashers, yes I said two! While you might think this excessive, it’s not. One can be cleaning the dishes, while the other is loading the rest of the dirty dishes, so they don’t pile up in a sink.
Countertop space: Countertop space is a must! It’s need for prep work and for serving.
Kitchen Island(s): If you can have an island it’s the perfect serving area or prepping area.
This is my final post on Bernhardt Furniture’s High Point showroom. There were just too many great things in their showroom to put in one or two posts. Bernhardt celebrated 125 years in the furniture business, which says a lot about this great company. To have been in this industry and to have lasted market downfalls and triumphs with excellence in standards is quite a feat.
Enjoy the final Bernhardt ‘virtual’ tour.
A gorgeous new shaped desk shown in a beautiful gray finish with brushed stainless legs. A perfect desk for a lady.
Pin shell and mother of pearl are still ever so popular.
This bookcase is a new introduction, and what is special about it, is the paneled pilasters open up as closed storage. You can see how in the two photos below.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted on Bernhardt Furniture’s new Fall 2014 High Point Market introductions (here). Every market, I truly enjoy visiting this showroom; I love seeing the new pieces. But I also love seeing pieces already in the line because seeing the upholstery in a different fabric is like looking at a new piece, and it is always nice to be reminded of what they have.
So enjoy this tour of the Bernhardt Furniture showroom through a Designer’s Perspective! Tomorrow I will be finishing this showroom tour.
A gorgeous new desk with wood and metal combination and undulated drawer panels.
This leather sofa is the perfect sofa for a Texas or mountain home! BIG and yes, very comfortable. See the edging detail below this image.
Christy & I tested these little chairs out, and boy were they comfortable! We loved the lines and the ‘bamboo’ metal legs.
The table and chairs are part of the new Marquesa collection, and a stunner! Finished in a beautiful gray stain and curved backs with tufting, reminiscent of French lines with a modern approach.