Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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From walk-in pantries to pull-out spice racks to electronic device charging stations, designers employ clever solutions for overcoming kitchen storage challenges. BY KIM BERNDTSON Winning the Storage War s the heart of the home, the kitchen is routinely asked to multi-task by performing a vast array of duties. Everything from prepping/cooking food to paying bills and charging electronics often happens in the space once simply and straightforwardly associated with feeding the family. Each of those tasks also comes with a related storage need, which, if left unaddressed, can create kitchen chaos that not only looks unsightly, but reduces efficiency and functionality as well. "Back in the day, the trend was to display expensive mixers and blenders on the countertop," says Polly Nunes, Polly Nunes Design, in Los Angeles, CA. "Today, those appliances have to be hidden…no more showing them off !" The same philosophy applies to the microwave, she con- tinues, noting it can be replaced with a microwave drawer or moved to a pantry. "As a designer, my job is to remove all the appliances from visual display and find the perfect place for them to provide a clean look," she states. "In fact, that's my goal as it relates to all storage needs…select the right accessory for the best application for the right cabinet!" Bill Dolan, Pine Street Carpenters/The Kitchen Studio at Pine Street, in West Chester, PA, agrees. "If storage is done right, you can keep everything within arm's reach and off of the countertop for a clean kitchen," he says. Proper storage allows for everything to be in its place, notes Diana Burton, designer at Drury Design, in Glen Ellyn, IL. "That creates a clutter-free kitchen that feels tranquil and in order," she states. "And, knowing just where to look for any piece of cooking equipment improves efficiency and makes the cook's life easier every day." A 54 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 SPACE-SAVING IDEAS

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