By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes

Continuing last week’s topic, here are three more tips that will help you fall head over heels in love with your kitchen…

love your kitchen, part two1. Be comfortable

If your kitchen is stiff and uncomfortable, liven it up! Choose bar stools for your island that you’ll actually want to sit in. Place a rubber mat in front of your stove or sink to soothe tired feet. Arrange your cooking utensils so you don’t have to reach for your most-used items.

attractive oven/stove range

See, ranges can look good! This photo is from a Twin Cities-area rambler we re-designed.

Another element to being comfortable in your kitchen is ventilation and airflow. I always recommend a high-quality range hood to vent out hot air and gas. You want to be able to breathe deeply and smell your cooking…not gas fumes.

  1. Make use of your island

twin cities home kitchen island with storage and stoolsA kitchen island can be a versatile tool for helping bring both liveliness and handy storage solutions to your kitchen. Add shelving on the side to store cookbooks, cooking crocks, or even vegetables (like in these handy wicker baskets). Think about how you’d like to use your island. For food prep? Consider adding a built-in cutting board, sink, or even an oven. For eating and gathering? Add comfortable stools and storage for games and coffee table books. Make your island a functional focal point that defines YOU.

  1. Add personal touches
chalkboard wall kitchen

Note the fun chalkboard wall!

What do you love? Music? The great outdoors? Wine? Your family? Bring those elements into your kitchen. If you’re into music, install a couple speakers in your kitchen and jam while you cook. If you like seeing the important people in your life, hang a few family photos in your kitchen in fun frames. Don’t be afraid to play around with colors and accessories. You’d be amazed what a color backsplash or a fun piece of wall art can do. Create the kind of kitchen you actually want to spend time in.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and have fun falling in love with your kitchen! Please contact us if you’re looking for other great design ideas.

Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes

Author: Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.

Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.

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Written by Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the...
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