The Kitchen Design Studio of Northfield Sales Co., Inc.
I became involved in a kitchen remodel for a couple from India recently.
While there were the usual questions about cabinet door styles and countertop colors,
the wife had an interesting request.
She loved having an altar space in her kitchen where she could practice her daily
prayers, which involved burning candles and incense. Previously, she had tried
doing this on a shelf in her old kitchen but almost set the house on fire!
My recommendation was to make this an accent area in the kitchen – a safe one.
We used an open wall cabinet that was completely lined with ceramic tile.
The clients were so pleased with the entire project that they took the entire team out
to dinner at a local Indian restaurant…and she thanked me repeatedly for her home altar.
It turned out to be the most important part of the whole room.
Remodeling can be stressful. I wish that I could tell clients to stop watching home
improvement TV shows, because the sheer quantity of information available today puts
people on overload. Finding a way of limiting the choices a client has to make puts
them under a great deal less stress, so I try to get an idea of their priorities
in the process. These vary widely, and can range from wanting a certain “feel” in
the kitchen to questioning my technical expertise. Learning what these expectations
are gives me the opportunity to give them answers that ease their anxiety.
Kitchen design is a discipline that relies on both sides of the brain, both the creative,
intuitive left brain and the logical, analytical right brain. A good designer will have
the imagination to create the space you want and the technical skills to insure that it
will fit and function correctly. Make sure your prospective designer exhibits both of
Visiting a customer’s home is vital in the design process. It gives me a chance to
look at their lifestyle and existing furnishings. Items like artwork, coffee-table
books, and magazines can give cues to a client’s style. People often like to come in
with pictures of things they like. This sounds great, but I find many pictures
contradict each other – and there are often far too many. Finding that one picture
that makes the client smile is the challenge.
We all need spaces in our homes that require cabinets, ranging from kitchens and
baths to entertainment centers to basement bars. Making them unique and memorable
reflections of their owners can lift these creations into the realm of art.
Having someone tell me that they never realized they could have “
that kind of kitchen”, and that I made it possible, is what makes me show up every day.
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