Why they never show pictures of you using your kitchen in a design magazine
One of the reasons I went to LA a week ago was to see the renovation that was done on my cousin’s house. I helped them with the design over the course of about two years and I was excited to see the end result. They added a second floor to the house within the existing footprint and made most of the ground floor into lounge/dining/kitchen/playroom with one space flowing into the other. I really like the design with the very spacious lower level and the compact upstairs which fits in three bedrooms, a tiny study, laundry and two baths with no wasted space (my New York small apartment training kicked in while working on the layouts).
Once the basic design was done they had a local engineer take over, but I helped with advice on some materials and also worked with them on the kitchen design through quite a lot of back and forth selecting materials, refining the layout and maximizing the storage. Above on the left you will see one of many of the design renderings for the space, below is the actual kitchen on the night I was there and we cooked up a big family feast. Its obviously not quite what you see in that particular rending, but the huge island and the basic layout of cabinets is the same.
Orli did an amazing job sourcing appliances and tile for the kitchen — she must have checked craiglist every day until she found what she wanted. She also found tile she liked and arranged a trip to the showroom to buy a selection of their seconds and overstock which (when matched with some similar tiles found online) provided the bulk of the finish for bathrooms and kitchen.
I can’t show the picture of our feast without a mention of the deliciousness of it all. We did our shopping at the farmer’s market (that is Mollie on the right communing with the cauliflower) and created a menu with everything we brought home including mashed blue potatoes, an amazing orange salad, my favourite alien vegetable: romanesco cauliflower, beautifully multicolored chard and berry tart.