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Kitchen Remodel

After raising a family and living in their River Forest home for nearly 30 years, these empty-nest homeowners decided to do something for themselves and create the kitchen of their dreams. They wanted to create a true “heart of the home” in their new kitchen, a place for family gatherings where their children and grandchildren would create fond memories for years to come.

They began working with Normandy Designer Leslie Lawrence to develop a visual and layout plan. Leslie worked closely with them to develop a kitchen of distinction that maximized every last inch of space, enhanced the kitchen’s functionality, and didn’t compromise aesthetics to attain that result.

“A few adjustments to the kitchen layout greatly improved the functionality of the kitchen and made a narrow space feel larger,” says Leslie. “One of the practical goals was to maximize storage space, and we found many creative ways to get the most out of their space.”

The new kitchen includes pull out spice cabinets that look like a bank of drawers, vertical platter storage, pot and pan drawers, roll out shelves, and blind corner cabinets with pull out baskets for infrequently used items. The smartly placed peg drawers for the storage of plates and bowls are directly adjacent to the dishwasher and close to the table for ease in setting the table and loading/unloading the dishwasher.

“One of my favorite storage details is the ‘morgue drawer’ underneath the bench of the breakfast area,” says Leslie. “Rather than a hinged bench that you would lift for access or doors that may be challenging to reach the contents, a narrow but very deep drawer was added for additional hidden storage.” The breakfast area also features a multimedia center with a television, computer, and printer, all integrated without compromising the aesthetics of the room.

Appliances were concealed with cabinetry panels so that they did not detract from the beauty of the new kitchen. Hidden in plain view are a stand-alone icemaker, dishwasher drawers, freezer drawers and a refrigerator.

Beautiful glazed white cabinets, exotic granite countertops, and stained glass mosaic backsplash tile complimented each other perfectly while accent cabinets with glass fronts prevented the kitchen from feeling too small.

It is a kitchen that puts tradition and aesthetics at the forefront, and very quietly incorporates the latest technology for a well balanced match of today and yesterday. This kitchen recently received a Master Design Award from Qualified Remodeler Magazine.

To learn more about Leslie, visit

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Booth and storage
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Game boards under booth?
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Like the drawer in this booth
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Booth storage
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Booth drawer and low booth backrest
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Kitchen booth
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The storage
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June 21, 2014
like how accessible the storage is.
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Kitchen booth drawer
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kitchen banquette idea. drawer at the end of booth
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cool drawer
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January 30, 2014
Example of good storage ideas.
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January 30, 2014
We could always use MORE storage!
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padded seat and back in a compact design
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back of booth
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The pullout drawer
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Do this on front of our window seat
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Under window seat storage
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Where spice cabinets are?
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window seat maybe?
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If we go w/ a bench
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kitchen bench
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Breakfast Bench with Storage
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Must have these drawers!!
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Cabinet detail
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booth drawer
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storage under nook
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Booth seat storage
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dining booth
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Booth pullout
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banquet pullout
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We have done this many times -- it's a matter of thinking out of the box.
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Booth with Drawer for storage
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under booth seat
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Storage drawer on banquette.
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Booth seating storage
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Side storage
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Back cushion tucked in
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Banket for small nook table area?
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Storage for booth
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