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Dream Kitchens of
the North Shore
Today’s Dream Kitchen
By Susan Serra, CKD
It’s spring...the best season to “think” decorating, reno-
vating, and enhancing one’s home. It is a time of renewal, of
anticipation, and changing one’s home for the better is becom-
ing a more desirable project to take on than ever before.
The dream kitchen of 2009 looks different from the dream
kitchen of 2008 in a number of ways. Let’s take a look at
what’s new.
The “great recession” in my opinion, is having a very posi-
tive (yes, positive) impact on how my clients and many others
who are considering a kitchen renovation, are looking at this
project. Change has come to kitchen design 2009, and change,
in this case, is good!
Value is the most important word. In a sort of “back to basics”
trend, homeowners are taking a hard second look at value.
Value in kitchen design is found in the professionalism of the
kitchen design firm one chooses, especially if one hires an
NKBA member and Certified Kitchen Designer. Value is also
found in the designer’s creativity, the quality of the products
selected, and their potential for longevity.
Bypassing style trends will mean your kitchen design will
maintain its classic appeal, and classic designs for kitchens
can be traditional or modern or anything in between. One may
want to avoid the latest colors, such as all black cabinetry as
one example, a strong trend. Your kitchen will be dated, oh,
possibly within five years, and will last for 15-20 years! Use
colorful accents in the form of accessories to express yourself
with the latest trends as desired. This added value keeps the
kitchen fresh aesthetically and items can be added and removed
at a whim! My mantra, as a designer, is often, “less is more”, a
good foundation to create a timeless design.
As more and more homeowners are staying in the comfort of
their homes, and going out less often, as a result, enjoying their
homes and entertaining at home, the kitchen, always the heart
and soul of the home, is taking on even more importance. The
design of a functional kitchen will make the cooking process
easy and enjoyable.
In recent years, there has been a movement toward truly
personalizing the functional design of one’s kitchen. Now is
the time to fully embrace this movement and take the time
necessary to create the kitchen of one’s dreams. As dreams are
unique to the individual, so should one’s kitchen design be.
A thoughtfully and individually designed kitchen will ease
the many tasks and processes associated with entertaining.
Those gathering for dinner at the home of a friend want to help
in the entertaining process. Cooking is a lovely way to connect
Where the island nation of Granada meets Lloyd Harbor is right inside this country kitchen! The homeown-
with friends, to bond, and to make cooking a fun activity while
ers, whose family has had a second home in Grenada for decades, wished to have that Caribbean influence
entertaining. Just the other evening, while entertaining one
as part of their kitchen design. Sea blue colors, rustic woods and warm and textured tiles complete the look.
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