Friday, May 27, 2011

MY 5 KITCHEN NEEDS

What sold me on my home? The kitchen. Point blank period. I was 24 years old, and was thinking about a kitchen and how good I could cook in it. Shortly after we moved in, my Grandmother  came by for her first visit, and the first thing she said was

“I LOVE THIS KITCHEN. THIS IS A COOKING KITCHEN TAMARA. I WOULD LOVE TO COOK IN HERE.”

All I could do was smile. But now time has passed and there are so changes that I would like to make to the famous kitchen. Mostly everything in it is builders grade, but for our first home, we loved it. Anytime we have a party, or company over. The kitchen is the hot spot.

For me, any kitchen of mine must have a kitchen island. It is not only a great prepping area, but it can also be a wonderful spot to conversate at, or to just hang out while your cooking, or if company is over.

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A good cutting board is also a must have. We started out with the plastic cutting boards, and glass I believe. But after I spotted an almost 2 inch thick bamboo cutting board, I was sold. Not to mention The Food Network helped to show me, what I really needed in a cutting board.

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Stainless steel appliances. They will make everything look great in my opinion. Easy to keep clean, modern, and here to stay.

kitchens - cottage creamy white glass-front kitchen cabinets honed marble countertops beadboard breakfast bar bamboo roman shades black industrial stools

kitchens - gray green shaker kitchen cabinets beveled subway tiles backsplash gray kitchen island butcher block countertops wood stools  Hugh

Good lighting. Since I do cook, I have noticed they did a poor job with the lighting plan in our kitchen. I have to use the lighting in the breakfast nook, just to get the right amount of lighting to cook properly. Recessed lighting is a huge favorite of mine. If I could not have that, I would want some great fixtures that look great, and give the right amount of lighting.

Suzie:  Graciela Rutkowski Interiors  Gorgeous white kitchen design with white glass-front ...

kitchens - Farrow & Ball - Dimity - Amy Carman Amy Carman Design Espresso stain Espresso stained cabinets modern kitchen modern kitchen design Quartersawn White Oak quartz countertop mitered edge Caesarstone Quartz

kitchens - glossy black kitchen cabinets white black backspalsh white diamond kitchen island calcutta gold marble counter tops mini glass pendants

My new must have is subway tile. I love it. Easy, simple, and distracting. You can find the least expensive subway tile, and make your kitchen look great with application. I have seen glass, marble, stone, it’s a style that is timeless.

after 5

kitchens - marble white kitchen island subway tiles backsplash  classic  subway tiles backsplash, white kitchen cabinets andwhite carrara marble

High Fives & Hugs,

Tamara Styles

images: a) island kitchen, b) white kitchen c) island addition d) lighting in kitchens  e)stainless f) gray marble tile g) blue tile h) white tile

8 comments:

Brooke's Closet said...

I would cook everyday!
I would host more gatherings!
I would not allow anyone to "crowd MY kitchen" It would be all for me!

Sing said...

Nice inspiration photos. A kitchen island is a dream for dinner parties. I love that I a giant counter top to serve food on now.

YUMMommy said...

A butcher block counter top is certainly on my want list.

L. Michelle said...

Very nice pictures! I would love to see what your kitchen looks like!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

I agree - these are all wonderful kitchens. Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful photos. Enjoy the long holiday weekend. :)

Jun said...

can you please, please let me know how to find the bar stools in the first image? thanks so much. you've made me reconsider my island, yet again :)

Sugar+Spice(AzĂșcar+Especia) said...

Help me out?? I find my steel appliances the OPPOSITE of easy to keep clean, am I doing something wrong?

Sharstin said...

Amen sister!