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A Contemporary Kitchen with a Mid-Century Vibe

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This large open concept kitchen and dining space was created by removing a load bearing wall between the old kitchen and a porch area. The new porch was insulated and incorporated into the overall space.

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The kitchen remodel was part of a whole house remodel so new quarter sawn oak flooring,a vaulted ceiling, windows and skylights were added.

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A large calcutta marble topped island takes center stage. It houses a 5’ galley workstation – a sink that provides a convenient spot for prepping, serving, entertaining and clean up. A 36” induction cooktop is located directly across from the island for easy access. Honeycomb tile by Ann Sacks and open shelving along the cooktop wall add an interesting focal point to the room.

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Antique mirrored glass faces the storage unit housing dry goods and a beverage center. Details were added that had a bit of a mid-century vibe and worked well with what was originally a 1950s ranch.

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The wall opposite the cooktop houses a full size fridge, freezer, double oven, coffee machine and microwave. A small pull out countertop below the coffee machine provides a spot for hot items coming out of the ovens. The creamy cabinetry is accented by quartersawn white oak at the island and wrapped ceiling beam. The golden tones are repeated in the antique brass light fixtures.

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“This is the second kitchen I’ve had the opportunity to design for myself. My taste has gotten a little less traditional over the years, although I’m still a traditionalist at heart. I had some fun with this kitchen and took some chances. The kitchen is super functional, easy to keep clean and has lots of functional storage to tuck things away when I’m done using them. The casual dining room is fabulous and is proving to be a great spot to linger after dinner. We love it!”  - Susan Klimala, owner of The Kitchen Studio

Is Your Kitchen Adding to Your Stress?

De-stress seems to be a trendy buzz word. Let’s face it, we’re all going a million miles an hour and stopping to smell the roses is sometimes hard to do. So let’s look at some ways you can organize your kitchen in a way that doesn’t allow for more stress in your life and hopefully even de-stress. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to dedicate to the process or split it up over a couple of days so you’re not feeling rushed. Let’s start by envisioning the end result. How will it look and better yet how will it feel? Hold on to that positive feeling as you work through the process. Okay, let’s look at the places in your kitchen that may be causing you pain.
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Countertops… because the kitchen is where we tend to gather, it’s also the place we tend to leave things: papers, pens, mail, dirty dishes. Look around at what you see on the countertops and start to group. Now create a place either in the kitchen or in a nearby room that is designated for that group. (And the junk drawer is not considered a “designated place”.) Pens & other writing instruments could be put in a jar, papers could be put in a bin and fruit in a bowl. Keep it easy to access though since you want others to return the item to their new found home.

Papers and mail aren’t as simple. Both of these groups include several different items like school papers, medical, bills, coupons, magazines, etc. Again, having a special place for these categories will help you to know what’s important and what’s not, what needs your immediate attention or what do you just want to keep on file. I cleared out a small cabinet and put stackable desk trays with labels for my paperwork.

Source: Houzz

Organize Your Countertop with a Kitchen Command Center

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Cabinetry… Now it’s time to tackle the clutter in the cabinets. Now would be a great time to pull everything out to clean the inside of your cabinets but only if you have the time! De-clutter and organize is our goal. Begin by going through each cabinet one-by-one and honestly evaluating whether each item is truly useful or truly necessary. Take out anything not useful or necessary and put into one of two piles: give away or trash. Evaluating what to keep is difficult, especially for those of us who think “even though I haven’t used it in a year, there may be a time that I need this”.  But realistically, don’t you have another dish, pan or utensil to use if that one isn’t around? Go back to that happy end result feeling as many times as needed!

Source: Houzz

Source: Houzz

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Pantry… As you go shelf by shelf, start by throwing away anything that’s past it’s use by date. Then also consider uncommon items you purchased and never used. If you can’t plan to use it that week then put it in a pile for the food pantry. It’s amazing how many items get pushed to the back and are never used. Pull those out for trash or donation as well.

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Once your kitchen is de-cluttered and organized inhale in the good feeling and celebrate your hard work. Like most things in life, being purposeful is key. Commit to staying on top of the clutter and let the rest of the family how important it is to you for them to do the same!