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Two Cooks in the Kitchen

Jennifer Christie always started her day with a human traffic jam in the kitchen. The refrigerator door blocked access to the breakfast table when opened, and toaster was stuck back in the corner behind the table and there was simply not enough storage in the dated 1970s cabinets.

Breaking up those traffic congestion meant creating an open plan with easy access to appliances. I started with a small amount of demolition - tearing out a non load-bearing wall, tossing out the old appliances, cabinets, counters, flooring, fixtures, and wallpaper to make way for the new.

Candice Olson - Two Cooks in the Kitchen

To create more storage and cooking capacity, I designed a {wall of fame} along the entire back wall - two pantries, a refrigerator, two beautiful wall ovens, and a warming drawer. I also chose a double-basin sink that turns the corner. Instead of a breakfast table, the kitchen now hi-lights a beautiful island. The quartz counter-top is big enough for food prep and dining with self-closing drawers on one side.

To create visual flow between the dining room and the kitchen, I picked a dark cherry finish cabinetries and warm soft table top, classic crown moldings and leaded glass on the buffet - all to provide a warmth and sophistication in the space. The island is the first thing you see when you come through the front door of the house so I needed a chandelier over head to create a showpiece. Top it off with sleek hardware, stainless-steel appliances, and contemporary lighting and you get a beautiful mix of styles that makes the kitchen sparkle!

Candice Olson - Two Cooks in the Kitchen