USA Kitchen Trends US Kitchen Trends Vol. 30/09 - Page 26

resources & more images 45405 at find more eat-in kitchens banquette at Above: Colorful banquette seating is a feature of the casual dining area. Above right: The casual dining area is a place where the family can relax at any time of the day or night – there is a large television on the wall opposite. The windows on this side of the kitchen overlook the pool area, so the owners can keep an eye on the activity outdoors. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Dalton Portella 24 The kitchen needed to provide for formal and informal entertaining, so there are two clean-up stations – one by the window and one on the island. The large size of the 12ft-long island also makes it easy for more than one person to work in the kitchen at the same time. And a separate bar area ensures drinks can be made outside of the main work space. In keeping with the classical look, the lacquered cabinets feature panel doors that are recessed with a bead trim. There are also tilt bins for storing vegetables. The search | save | share at bins have punched tin panels in a custom pattern that replicates the daisy motif of the red upholstery fabric in the kitchen. Broberg Smith says the kitchen has a simple, flowing layout that works well for the family and their entertaining needs. “We incorporated a small home office, which we call the ‘Mom command center’, and a new mud room with additional pantry storage. We also introduced banquette seating around a breakfast table. This has storage space beneath, and there is a large TV opposite for family use.”