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Sneak Peek: My Kitchen Selections

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This month in Traditional Home, I’m giving readers an inside look at how I redesigned my new kitchen, including the best tips for planning that space. And my number-one tip is to think about how you use a kitchen before you jump in to the design. As you know, I love to cook and bake – it’s really my stress reliever. So I knew that my appliances needed to have a lot of functionality and smarts.

Because I’m a Thermador brand ambassador, I have been able to really test a lot of their product line while visiting their Experience & Design Center in Irvine, CA. So when it was time for me to start buying my appliances, I knew just where to start! Let’s take a look at some of my purchases!

For the range, I chose Thermador’s 48″ Professional Series Pro Range Grand Commercial Depth Range. The key for this great appliance for me was that it is duel fuel. I like for my cooktop to be gas because the amazing Star Burners give me a lot of flexibility in the heat source, from an extra-low simmer to a quick and fast boil. But I love an electric oven because I find that I get a more even bake with it. For the range top, I also purchased the grill insert that switches out with the griddle for all the times that it’s not outdoor grilling weather. And I had a local metal worker create a custom hood with a Thermador ventilation insert and blower to perfectly vent my new commercial grade range. You’ll be able to see that – along with my entire kitchen design – when it’s unveiled in Traditional Home later this year!

I love love love the Thermador steam oven, and I gave it a workout at Easter – it’s large enough to cook several vegetable dishes on separate racks at one time, or to cook a big ham. And it can roast a 14-pound turkey in just 2 hours! That will really take the holiday pressure off when Thanksgiving rolls back around.

For refrigeration, I love the flexibility of Thermador’s Freedom Collection. It allows me to select refrigeration columns based on how my family eats and cooks. I use a lot of fresh ingredients and I wanted the fridge section to be bigger, so I chose the 30-inch Fresh Food Column, combined with a 24-inch Freezer Column.

And for our wine storage, I bought the 18-inch wine preservation column. All 3 of these pieces fit perfectly in a row. I can’t decide if I am more excited about my refrigerator or wine column!

I also purchased a 30-inch convection panel-front warming drawer for the island, and Thermador‘s built-in MicroDrawer Microwave. And I have Thermador’s brand new under-counter refrigerator drawers that allow me to store drinks and other food in an easy-to-access place. And for quick clean up, I chose 2 (yes 2!) of Thermador’s amazing Star Sapphire dishwashers. Yep, we use a lot of dishes and cookware when my family and I fix meals and I hate to have dishes in the sink. This dishwasher can do a full clean cycle in only 20 minutes, which is incredible! And with 2 of them running at once, we should never have a dirty dish for long.

I’m so thrilled to be in my kitchen and baking away! If you want to see the finished project, check out my monthly column in Traditional Home. Every month I’m writing about a different room or area of the house, and at the end of the year you’ll see the BIG reveal. Stay tuned!

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Tobi TV: 4 Tips for Updating a Tired Kitchen

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As you know, I love to cook and bake, especially with my daughter. Having a functional and fun kitchen is key – especially because that room really is the heart of a home. So what can you do to update a kitchen that is dated and not longer functioning for you?

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In this segment I show you how I worked added style to an older kitchen and spiced it up with paint, lucite and COLOR! Take a look:

That was a big transformation, right? Let’s review those tips again:

  1. Update your dated or tired kitchen with the latest paint. I chose gray for this kitchen. It matched the existing granite and gray is still a big color trend in design.
  2. Add some “WOW” to your space. I used lucite in the barstools, towel bars, and cabinet hardware. It’s one of my favorite materials and it makes this kitchen fun and glamorous, yet still functional. I even designed the custom corbels to support the existing countertop and the refrigerator handles.
  3. Update your backsplash. There are so many gorgeous tiles and stones that are perfect for updating your kitchen backsplash. In this room I used Carrara marble tiles and laid them in a herringbone or chevron pattern for a bit more fun. The backsplash is a perfect place to use marble if you are afraid of having it on your countertops because of possible spills and stains. This way you can embrace this timeless and trendy material in your home.
  4. And finally punch things up with COLOR! You know how I love color and in this kitchen all layered in gray, I wanted to make a splash with an accent color. I chose a bright sunny yellow and I think it does the trick.

So what do you think? Do you like the outcome of this remodeled kitchen? To see the before and after photos, visit this recent blog post. It’s pretty dramatic. And be sure to leave me a comment here to let me know why you love this space. Feel free to share this post with your design-loving friends, especially if they are dreaming of a kitchen renovation.

xo,

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For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

New House Diary: The Kitchen Appliances

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I’m only two weeks from move-in day! I am so excited to soon be back in my house – and the room I can’t wait to get into is the kitchen. It is coming together even better than I imagined it could be! I’m ready to jump right in there and learn how to use everything including my new steam oven! Baking and cooking are stress relievers for me, and I’m in my happy place when I’m with my daughter creating fun and fabulous treats for the family.

So selecting appliances was like being a kid in a candy store for me! I’m lucky enough to be the brand ambassador for Thermador and I’ve learned a lot about their fabulous products and their company over the last year. When it came time to make my selections, I knew I would be purchasing Thermador without question. The hard part was deciding which of their products would be best for me.

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For the range, I chose Thermador’s 48″ Professional Series Pro Range Grand Commercial Depth Range. The key for this great appliance for me was that it is duel fuel. I like to for my cooktop to be gas because the amazing Star Burners give me a lot of flexibility in the heat source, from an extra-low simmer to a quick and fast boil. But I love an electric oven because I find that I get a more even bake with it. For the range top, I also purchased the grill insert that switches out with the griddle for all the times that it’s not outdoor grilling weather. And I had a local metal worker create a custom hood with a Thermador ventilation insert and blower to perfectly vent my new commercial grade range no matter if I am using the star burners, griddle, or grill. It’s not only functional but gorgeous, too!  I can’t wait to show you the finished look!

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In addition to the 2 ovens under my range, I am also installing a steam oven in a wall cabinet. I’m so excited about the steam oven – it’s going to be perfect for everything from healthy steamed dishes to creating perfect crusty bread!

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I also selected a 30-inch convection panel-front warming drawer for the island, and Thermador‘s new built-in MicroDrawer Microwave. I can fit a 13×9 pan into this fabulous microwave and it has 10 cooking modes. I love how it sits flush into my cabinetry and will give me even more space on my counters since I don’t have to have a freestanding microwave sitting out on them or taking up valuable upper cabinet space.

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For refrigeration, I love the flexibility of Thermador’s Freedom Collection. It allows me to select refrigeration columns based on how my family eats and cooks. I use a lot of fresh ingredients and I wanted the fridge section to be bigger, so I chose the 30-inch Fresh Food Column, combined with a 24-inch Freezer Column. They’ll have panels that match the cabinetry in the kitchen, which I love for a seamless and chic look. And for our wine storage, I chose the 18-inch wine preservation column. All 3 of these pieces will fit perfectly in a row. I can’t decide if I am more excited about my refrigerator or wine column!

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In the island, I’ll also have Thermador’s brand new under-counter refrigerator drawers that will allow me to store drinks and other food in an easy-to-access place. Thankfully my project took a few months to complete and in that time period, Thermador launched their under-counter refrigeration. It was a category that I was reluctantly going to have to purchase from another vendor but Thermador came to my rescue just in the nick of time!

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For quick clean up, I chose 2 of Thermador’s amazing Star Sapphire dishwashers, which will also have a panel front that matches the cabinetry. Yep, we use a lot of dishes and cookware when my family and I fix meals and I hate to have dishes in the sink. This dishwasher can do a full clean cycle in only 20 minutes, which is incredible! And with 2 of them running at once, we should never have a dirty dish for long. The Star Sapphire dishwasher also has the largest capacity for wine glasses that you can find out there today, a “time remaining” power beam, and a flexible third drawer that can be adjusted to fit whatever you need to clean.

Wow! Now you can see why I’m SO thrilled to be getting into this fabulous new kitchen with all of the hard-working appliances that I’ve chosen! I may go into a frenzy of baking for a few weeks, so keep your eye out for my kitchen creations on Instagram starting in May. And watch this space as I reveal more of my new house selections in the coming weeks. It will take me a couple of months to finish my decor but my kitchen will be hard at work even when all my interiors aren’t quite complete.

Happy cooking!

xo,

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Before and After: An Organized Kitchen

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The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, especially if you have young kids. It’s the dumping ground for mail and backpacks, the central cooking and eating center, the gathering spot, and often a major spill zone.

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One of my favorite kitchen renovations was definitely that hub for a young family. The kitchen was too small and didn’t have enough storage so, like most homes, it was cluttered and sometimes chaotic. It was also dated, with old light fixtures and cabinetry.

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My number-one goal for the space was to lighten it up and to make it really function for this family, with lots of storage and seating areas. First we expanded the footprint of the kitchen, giving it much-needed extra space by taking in the back porch.

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I also lightened everything up, allowing the natural light to flood in, and giving the kitchen a beautiful palette that is inspired by the seashore (a favorite destination for the family).

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I expanded the windows, making them wider to allow even more light into the room. And I gave the ceiling the illusion of more height by adding the beams and painting the whole thing a gorgeous white.

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I also rearranged the footprint so each appliance was in a more functional zone, all within easy reach of a central cooking spot for the person preparing the meal.

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Adding a ton more storage was the real key! The cabinets go straight up to the ceiling, taking advantage of every square inch and helping to eliminate the clutter that can accumulate in the kitchen.

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Those baskets tucked into the island give the kids a place to drop their papers, bags, and toys so they won’t be dumped on the counter. It’s a great way to hide the clutter when guests come over, too.

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And I also added a built-in banquette in the breakfast area that has storage under the seat, making this a super-organized and high-functioning kitchen for a busy family.

What do you think of this kitchen makeover? Do you have enough storage in your kitchen? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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Before and After: A Chic Kitchen Remodel

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I’ve been talking a lot about kitchens recently on this blog – probably because I’m so close to getting my kitchen back after the remodel, and because it really is the heart of the home. I love redesigning a great kitchen for my clients, too, and this week’s before-and-after focuses on a room that was fun to redo.

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As you can see in the before photo above, there was a LOT going on in this kitchen. We had cabinetry that didn’t go all the way to the ceiling leaving a dust-catching space at the top. An open shelf above the sink that required decorating and made the sink area seem closed in and dark. Nn unusually shaped island, and a geometric tile backsplash. It seemed busy and overly traditional for this family that wanted a fresh space as the hub of their home.

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Another before photo shows you the hood over the stove top, and pilasters on either side on the base cabinet that also created oddly shaped countertops, and a lot of millwork – all of which was fighting for attention in the kitchen.

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I toned everything down with a calming neutral gray, and took out unnecessary extra cabinets that were just taking up space. And believe it or not, we reused the countertops. This was a huge remodel and the client was interested in using things that would work with our new design. We reworked the island to create extra seating for the family. New built-in cabinets in the breakfast area were added for a lot of closed storage when a built-in buffet style cabinet and countertop had previously been. It’s now perfect for storing entertaining items like china and serveware, so the everyday items could stay in the kitchen.

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 3.05.59 PMMy clients did like having cabinetry that combined solid doors with panes of glass. A lot of people like this look in a kitchen because it allows you to hide some items like cans and jars or not-ready-for-primetime kids’ dishes, but also gives you an open look at the top. And I liked the idea of softening the look of a lot of solid cabinet doors. But this client is extremely organized and tidy so we decided to use frosted glass in the new upper cabinets to add so lightness but not be able to see clutter or have to “decorate” these cabinets.

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I also took the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling everywhere in the space, taking advantage of every square inch, while also eliminating that completely useless shelf above the cabinetry.

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There was also a breakfast nook area, but it didn’t really seem like a cohesive part of the kitchen, and the furniture was not especially beautiful or inspiring.

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I brightened the room with that same neutral gray from the kitchen, and added pops of bright yellow that can also be found in other rooms of the house. A oval table and a window seat banquette offer more seating and fit the shape of the nook better than the older rectangular table did.

So what do you think of this kitchen before-and-after? Is there anything you would have done differently? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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