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The two bold pendants hanging above a smooth Caesarstone kitchen island are the focal point of this kitchen. Despite contradicting advice, aimzter decided not to put a sink in her kitchen island. "I wanted a giant workspace where we could spread out cooking, crafts, or homework projects," she says. "It was important to me to have a solid surface for flexible use."
Although money was saved on the refrigerator (a KitchenAid they've had for more than 10 years), aimzter decided to splurge on the wall ovens. These high-end appliances were chosen for their great cooking features, as well as the fact that they could be installed flush to the cabinets.
Bar stools: SEBASTIAN bar stool from IKEA
Island: Caesarstone 6600
Pendants: Powell Street Pendant, 2Thousand Degrees
Wall ovens: Miele Master Chef Oven and Miele Speed Oven
One of the biggest challenges during construction was installing the sliding glass pocket doors. From the very beginning, aimzter and her husband knew they wanted to open up the wall to the deck so they could fully appreciate their small backyard. "Although the system is pretty straightforward, the contractors were really stressed about making that work," she says.
Flooring: Oak, to meld with the rest of the house
IKEA base cabinets above the wall cabinets make great storage space for items that aren't necessarily for everyday use — such as special holiday dishes. The warm wood tones help warm up the smooth space and look custom — but without the additional cost. "The goal wasn't to add top-of-the-line pieces we didn't need, but to use resources as creatively as possible," aimzter says.
Cabinetry: IKEA, NEXUS in brown and ABSTRAKT in white
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