Seven wooden kitchens that offer a different take on timber

a kitchen with wooden cabinets: Wooden kitchens: Ti Clara by Atelier Espaco P2

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Wooden kitchens: Ti Clara by Atelier Espaco P2

Wood has long been used to create kitchens, but architects and designers are finding subtle ways to reimagine the material in the cooking space. Interiors reporter Natasha Levy selects seven standout examples.

a kitchen with wooden cabinets and a window: Wooden kitchens: The Rye Apartments by Tikari Works

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Wooden kitchens: The Rye Apartments by Tikari Works

The Rye Apartments, UK, by Tikari Works

Spruce-wood cupboards inset with subtle grooves feature in the kitchens of these apartments in south London’s Peckham neighbourhood.

The cabinets and the surrounding cross-laminated timber walls are meant to lend the homes a cosy, domestic atmosphere. Extra warmth is provided by brass door handles and amber-flecked terrazzo that runs across the floors.

Find out more about The Rye Apartments

a kitchen with a stove top oven sitting inside of a building: Wooden kitchens: Ti Clara by Atelier Espaco P2

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Wooden kitchens: Ti Clara by Atelier Espaco P2

Ti Clara, Portugal, by Atelier Espaço P2

Atelier Espaço P2 felt that a natural material

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Zephyr Shares How to Design a Delectable Kitchen for Entertaining at Home

Take Advantage of Fun Technology

Kitchen appliances can prompt a party state of mind just as easily as a cheese board and a favorite playlist. The new Roma Groove Wall by Zephyr is a kitchen ventilation hood with built-in Bluetooth® speakers that streams music from any Bluetooth®-compatible device. It offers functionality such as playing/pausing music, skipping tracks, or changing the volume directly from the hood itself using the built-in Bluetooth® controls. With its quality sound, powerful performance, and striking contemporary design, Roma Groove turns the kitchen into the ultimate listening lounge.

Embrace a Convivial Layout

Opening the kitchen to adjoining spaces and opting for a kitchen island helps spark connection. An island range hood, such as the Lift Downdraft by Zephyr, is a space-efficient solution that rises to the occasion with a touch of a button. It discreetly hides behind the cooktop, range top, or range and once powered

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7 Steps To An Organized, Good-Looking Kitchen

Thanks to their role as gathering space and a source of meals, kitchens tend to be the unofficial drop spot for all things life. Think rogue mail, loose keys, discarded backpacks, stacks of schoolwork, you name it.

If all you see when you enter your kitchen are things that shouldn’t really be there, you might begin to wonder if all of those immaculately clean and well-designed versions on your social feeds are simply a figment of imagination. News flash: They aren’t! In fact, it’s totally possible for your space to be just as enviable.

Here are seven ways you can take your space from messy and drab to immaculate and well-styled.

Bust all that clutter

There’s nothing worse than trying to decorate around clutter, says Monique Valeris, senior home editor for Good Housekeeping. First, tackle any excess on the counters as you can, and employ space-saving ways to store the

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A home improvement project you’ll use every day! Maximize the storage space in your kitchen or bathroom

Alan Regala, ShelfGenie of Seattle, shows us how to create a more functional home, without a complete remodel. Sponsored by ShelfGenie.

SEATTLE — ShelfGenie of Seattle’s custom-designed storage solutions can add more space, organization, and accessibility to your existing cabinets.  

In this interview, Alan Regala, ShelfGenie Director of Client Happiness, explains how revamping your cabinets with custom Glide-Out shelves can help you better utilize your space and keep clutter to a minimum.

SPECIAL OFFER: The first 15 New Day callers will get a free professional design consultation and free installation. Call 888-848-1372 to schedule an appointment or visit to learn more.

About ShelfGenie: “ShelfGenie custom Glide-Out shelves are the best way to eliminate common frustrations in the kitchen, pantry, and bath. Our custom-designed storage solutions add more space, more organization, and more accessibility to your existing cabinets. 

We pride ourselves on having the best quality Glide-Out shelves available to

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Hawke’s Bay kitchen wins major design award

A renovation of an original 1960s Hawke’s Bay kitchen by Trudi Rabbitte of Rabbitte Joinery has won two awards at the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards.

The awards, held on Friday night, are among the most prestigious kitchen and bathroom awards in the country.

Rabbitte won the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Hawke’s Bay Chapter Kitchen & Bathroom Recognition Award and the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Kitchen Distinction $25k -$40k Award ahead of more than 100 designs throughout NZ.

The brief was to replace an original 1960s kitchen with a more spacious and cohesive space for a family to enjoy.

The kitchen before renovations. Photo / Supplied
The kitchen before renovations. Photo / Supplied

The previous kitchen was small and did not allow any sitting space for visitors which had a negative effect when entertaining as it interrupted the flow.

The homeowners also wanted more storage for their children’s school bags and homework and a

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H2R Design Sinks Their Teeth into Colorful Burger Joint in Saudi Arabia

Diners have a variety of seating to chose from, including banquet tables and cozy nooks. Photography courtesy of H2R Design.

“Burgers” and “chic” are not words often found in the same sentence, but a new restaurant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is giving local foodies a treat for their eyes—and taste buds. Surround, a quality burger restaurant with an indulgent menu, enlisted Dubai-based H2R Design to create a minimal yet playful space that inspires a sense of community.

Planters bring the outdoors in. Photography courtesy of H2R Design. 

Rising to the challenge, H2R Designs created a colorful and engaging eatery full of quirky design features. To invite a childlike sense of exploration, the design team conceptually divided the interiors into “the workshop” and “the playground.” The former is an open-kitchen that allows customers to watch the chefs prepare their food, and the latter is the dining area, inspired by

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Caren Rideau Designs a Pattern-Filled Kitchen With Lots of Function

When, after nearly a decade of slowly renovating the rest of their home, a Pacific Palisades, California, family of seven finally faced their kitchen, they turned to their go-to designer, Caren Rideau, founder of the Kitchen Design Group, with a request to rework it into a multifunctional room.

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This dramatic Waterstone faucet is one of four in the room.

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Well, they had a few more specific requests too. “They wanted a place for coffee, an area for wine. A walk-in pantry. A drop-off zone for the kids. And most important, direct access to the backyard,” says Rideau. “We weren’t adding square footage, so we needed to get a lot into this space.”

Since the family eats and cooks together nearly every night, and mom in particular is an avid pasta maker, Rideau chose a 60-inch BlueStar range “that can handle commercial-size trays,” and added a pot filler so

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Pandemic drives kitchen remodeling projects

People are “forced to be home” and are “sick of their kitchens,” said Alicia Molenaar, a designer and co-owner of Kitchen Fair in Willmar.

During the pandemic, Kitchen Fair has been swamped with requests from customers looking for a new look and ways to improve functionality and efficiency in their kitchens. “We are really busy,” Molenaar said.

While updating paint or adding a colorful backsplash can be handled by a weekend do-it-yourselfer, a kitchen makeover can benefit from a professional designer.

The process begins with taking measurements of an existing kitchen space and an interview with the homeowner to find out how they use their kitchen, how many people typically cook there at one time and what they want in terms of style and functionality.

Giving a kitchen a new look can be as simple as installing new hardware – where the trend is for larger handles that can fit

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How Kitchen Trends Have Changed in the Pandemic

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All that banana bread baking has finally taken its toll. Designers across the country have seen an uptick in the number of clients who, after a few months on lockdown and learning how their home functions (or doesn’t), are ready to renovate. But perhaps no space has been more overworked and under scrutiny than the kitchen, the universal command center: a place to drop the mail, supervise homework, make a video call…oh, and also cook three meals a day.

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For many people, this time spent at home has dramatically changed the list of kitchen demands. Only a few months ago, a “connected” kitchen would have signaled the latest in tech and smart appliances. But with human contact at a premium, our desire for connection has broadened beyond that. “The kitchen needs to be connected to other spaces, but it also needs to be a destination in and of

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How To Create a Kitchen With a Soul, According to Home Design Experts

Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen may evoke the warmest emotions. After all, it’s here that people gather with family and friends, to share food and good company. It’s no wonder the kitchen is often called the heart of the home—and that it’s a key selling point, promising a great lifestyle.

But kitchens also run the risk of being cold and soulless. What’s the point in having top-notch appliances if no one actually wants to hang out and use them? Like food, a kitchen needs to have a certain depth—let’s call it soul.

“A kitchen with a soul is a unique space that provides comfort, warmth, and a sense of peace,” says Ron Woodson of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House

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