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Travel, Trout and “Technicurean” Tendancies

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I love traveling! I love to see new places and I love to eat new food! Experiencing scenic places as they relate to food and wine has become my favorite way to see the world. As I eat and drink my way through life I am inspired by the slow food, farm to table movement and local specialties. A trip to Colorado, a state I had never been to, had me doing some research. Although I rarely eat meat these days, tasting a bison, elk and boar meatloaf wrapped in bacon at the landmark Stanley Hotel was a must. Local trout, a cauliflower salad and a vegan cheesecake made with a cashew base did not disappoint. Thinking about locally produced food, it’s origins, processing, storage and preparation had me chatting about my recent trip to Napa for a Modenus DesignHounds  Signature Kitchen Suite brand immersion experience. I had been looking forward to getting an understanding of what this new brand meant by “true to food”. They did a great job of getting that message across to me. The “true to food” culture of the brand speaks of the appreciation for food and its journey to your plate. The appliances incorporate technology to simplify the temperature selection for storage and preservation of meats, wines, produce, nuts and everything you can consume! The stories of vintners, butchers, fisherman and farmers are embedded in the brand. Technology also assists in preparation. The simple graphics on the 48″ pro range with steam, convection, induction, gas and sous vide as well as individual timers are all you need to honor the ingredients and turn out professional quality meals at home. Technicurean is the term they minted for food enthusiasts looking to use latest technology for preservation and preparation of consumables. I love it! High performance appliances are exactly what the home entertainer needs to be able to enjoy the experience. The perfect wine preserved and served at the perfect temperature. The sous vide feature removing all the pressure of critical timing. As I savored my local trout and bubbly I realized how much I appreciated the SKS experience, the travel, the food and wine and the technicurean culture of it all. A visit to a local winery, the CIA at Copia and time spent with live demonstrations of these technicurean appliances, some classes on business practice were all a part of the brand bonding experience. Thank you to Modenus DesignHounds and Signature Kitchen Suite for making it possible. Here are some photos of the SKS Napa trip! The beautiful food and wine pairings and demonstrated techniques included wines from Moone Tsai, sous vide poached eggs, pastas, meats, fish, vegetable dishes and desserts, one more incredible than the next! Enjoy the feast for the eyes! Oh! …and if you are in New York City on June 12th or 13th, you can check out the range and wine preservation in person at CE Week at the Javitz Center.

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Bonding with a brand SIGNATURE KITCHEN SUITE

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experiencing CIA at COPIA

sks collagea little pictorial of some hospitality and culture of Signature Kitchen Suite

:) Toni

Summing Up Design and Construction Week

show collage 4So what is Design and Construction Week? Let me sum it up with this little equation: Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) + International Builders’ Show (IBS) = Design and Construction Week.

As a new member of the K+BB Editorial Advisory Board, I made my best effort to walk the entire show, seeking out beauty, function and innovation. I really enjoyed the fabulous booths from some of my industry favorites like Kohler, Wellborn, Robern and Brizo. I also loved the retro Merillat kitchen set up as a mid-century modern photo booth. A show highlight for me was finding the booth featuring the Falmec Mare E.Ion hood that I helped to select as winner of the Kitchen Product of the Year in the K+BB Product Innovator Awards. Another highlight came on Thursday morning. During a light drizzle, I took the bus ride out to The 2014 New American Home. The home was fabulous! Although a two story, indoor water fall may not be practical for most of my market, I was inspired to see some stunning wall treatments, innovative outdoor living spaces, beautiful baths and …you guessed it… an open kitchen plan.

Now for my show favorite, and let me say it is true I might be biased in favor of certain lines. I have long been a fan of Thermador . From the introduction of the pro grand range and refrigeration columns through to the steam ovens, coffee systems, and now the frameless induction cooktop series, I have enjoyed showing my foodie clients all that this line has to offer. My unabashed enthusiasm for this appliance company with the tag line “No Dinner Party Too Large”  has actually led to a position on their design council and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Thermador + Bosch + Caesarstone + Genius Design of Mick de Giulio = One Killer IBS Booth!

So, yes, happily biased, but all that aside, the IBS booth featuring Thermador, Bosch and Caesarstone, designed by Mick de Giulio was amazing! The simple, clean lines, open flow and textural choices were stunning. I especially loved the use of polished steel in one of the Caesarstone countertops. I really enjoyed watching Chef Kyle create the perfect tuna bite on the new induction cooktop with accessory Teppanyaki pan. I enjoyed eating it, too! Relaxing in the lounge area adjoining the functioning kitchen, I took in the Caesarstone presentation of the “House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year Retrospective”. It reinforced all that I believe about kitchen-centric design. I have always felt that open kitchen plans honor the foodie, the entertainer and most simply, the family.

So I will close with this equation: Open Kitchen + Innovative Design + Friends and Family = Good Living!

Are You Happy In The Kitchen?

Well. are you?

If you are a foodie, a kitchen that makes you happy is a true necessity. Having gadgets and makers, a few great cookbooks and recipes, along with great cookware and a good set of knives are essential in my view. Gramps always said that you need the right tool to do a good job. I find that there is nothing like standing at the rangetop and grabbing the wisk from the adjacent drawer as you whip up that Hollandaise! Or looking into your well organized, partitioned drawer and grabbing your pancake flipper just before that batter starts to bubble. Maybe you need a lowered counter surface for baking and rolling out dough. A cookbook shelf may be something you need or a spot for that European style coffee maker you just have to have? What about that cheese curler you can also use for chocolate. Such a great gift, just what you wanted but where, oh where, are you going to put it? Designing a kitchen that flows with organization and looks like a dream is where I come in. I am knowledgeable and actually passionate about such things as warming drawers that will take a full sized catering sheet, ventilation cfm’s and convertible refrigeration. I will discuss your shopping habits, fresh food needs and storage requirements for both the things you already have and those you haven’t gotten yet because you had no place to put them. And then? I bet you’ll be truly happy in your kitchen!

If your kitchen isn’t the “HEART” of your home, maybe it should be…

Thanks to my wonderful client for sending me this photo.

Thanks to my wonderful client for sending me this photo.

As an interior designer I find my work to be Kitchen-centric. What do I mean? That the kitchen is the heart of the homes I work in. I don’t think you can overstate the importance of the kitchen and bath industry in our ever changing culture. There is the desire by “Boomers” to “age-in-place” and the economy has created the necessity for more multigenerational families. This combined with the popularity of the FOOD NETWORK and what is being referred to as the “slow food’ culture really accentuate the need for good design in these all important spaces in our homes. In regard to the kitchen, our fast paced lifestyle has given rise to the need for quality down time, enjoyed sharing meals with our family and friends. Creating a space that meets cooking, entertaining and storage needs can really enhance your life. Most of my clients are foodies or they would like to be. I have also noticed more people shopping with increasing regularity at the fresh markets popping up all over my beloved New York City and Long Island. Sales of luxury appliances are on the rise at my favorite local appliance haunt, showing that people are willing to invest in this all important room. I feel that having a kitchen open to an adjoining space really makes for better living. It just needs to be well designed so that the chaos and clutter are minimized. Even creating a simple dinner seems less of a chore in a well designed open environment. Have the tools you need at hand and ample storage for the ingredients and it all seems so much simpler. Thinking about the mail and magazines and matchbox cars on the counter? We can make a place for that. Need a computer station or TV in the kitchen to catch the morning news while having breakfast? We can make a place for that, too. Maybe it is that all important family command center with calendars and notices, or drawers for crayons and kids things…regardless … life happens in the kitchen. Creating your perfect kitchen-centric design is my job. If you’re looking to get your home in working order for a life that works start with the kitchen and drop me a note.