The kitchen is absolutely our favorite room to design. It is truly the heart of the home, the center of it all. The place you feel most at ease. It’s a space to connect, celebrate, share stories, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Think back to your childhood, most of us remember our favorite tastes and smells, but also the table and chairs where we shared meals with our families and friends.

In terms of interior design, the kitchen sets the tone for the rest of the home. How you live life in your kitchen is often how you will live in the rest of your home. Ideally, your home will flow cohesively from room to room.

With that in mind, before we start looking at countertops and backsplash materials, we ask you to imagine how you would experience your ideal kitchen. Do you like to entertain? If so, do you picture casual gatherings centered around the kitchen island? In this case, we may recommend adding a second island for overflow. Or, do you like to begin your evening with cocktails in a sitting room and move to a sit-down dinner in the dining room? Or a combination of both? We can design your kitchen around almost anything … a gorgeous La Cornue range from France, a coffee or baking station, a wood-fire pizza oven, or inspired by your favorite restaurant … you name it, we will design your kitchen to maximize the space for how you plan to use it. This is your life after all.

Now, it’s time get practical. We will need to know your comfort level with natural materials. If you know you will be devastated seeing scratches and etching in your once pristine marble countertops, we will recommend quartzite which is a natural stone with the durability of granite. However, if you love the timeless elegance of marble, and you know you can live with nicks and scratches here and there, we say go for it. Marble is heat resistant and the majority of stains can be prevented if sealed properly, along with a little extra caution when using certain ingredients. Marble has been used in kitchens around the world for ages and we think a little patina adds character and charm.

When it comes to cabinets, we love to mimic furniture pieces when possible and we hide as many appliances as we can behind doors. We love to maximize functionality and aesthetics throughout, such as built-in refrigerator drawers and coffee stations concealed behind paneled doors.

For the floors, we recommend wood in every kitchen. Wood brings warmth into the space, and is much softer on the feet and back than tile floors. Hardwood floors can be refinished as time goes on, making them a good, long-term investment and we believe a better choice than manufactured wood.

After we select the foundation pieces, we add personality and style with lighting, faucets, barstools, and artwork. We love mixing metals, various textures and materials, and bringing in life with plants,  pottery, and art. This is the final stage of design, where we focus on creating an environment centered around your daily intentions. A space designed for the life you want to live. A space to savor your morning coffee and prepare for the day ahead, and the place you return to at the end of a long day. A place for rituals and spontaneity, laughter, creativity, and connection with your loved ones. A place of nourishment.

Kristen Thomas