The Kitchen is the New Living Room

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I’ve recently returned from the largest kitchen and bath industry show there is, KBIS, where I was like a kid in a candy store. The sheer number of amazing items to take in from the scores of innovative companies in attendance was staggering—and very, very satisfying. My brain is full of new ideas and information, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you, just in case you’re looking for that special something to do with your own kitchen to make it amazing.

Forget Fuddy-duddy

Custom cupboards
Image: Facets by Custom Cupboards

Take a look at these upper cabinets. Along with glass-front, which we’ve all known about for a while now, there are patterned door fronts. This is something brand new to the kitchen industry and like nothing you’ve ever seen before—printing pattern, texture, art, even your own photographs directly on the wood. Some of the patterns printed on medium-stained wood grain are out of this world and like nothing you’ll find in your neighbors’ kitchens. Custom Cupboards launched this new line, called Facets, at KBIS last week.

Go Pro

Image: Max Kim-Bee for Elle Decor

Upgrade your kitchen along the lines of what world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud has done in his recent remodel, above. If you’re not ready to tear it all out and start from scratch, think about using contrasting colors for cabinetry—paint the wall-bound cupboards white and the island or room-side set black. And top it all off with Caesarstone, just like Chef Boulud, for high quality and low maintenance. At KBIS, their newest products, inspired by marble, were all the rage.

Upgrade Down-Under

Mini Fridge
Image: True Professional Series

Making beverages and other chilled items available to both kids and adults without having to rummage through a bunch of leftovers in your refrigerator is an opportunity to pat yourself on the back and say you’ve arrived. There’s little that makes a kitchen more special than a wine fridge, and the options provided by True Manufacturing at KBIS put most other options on the back burner, in my mind.

Live it Up!

Images: (Top & Bottom) Decades

The biggest buzz-phrase at KBIS was “the kitchen is the new living room.” And what better way to dress up the eat-in space than with an amazing Chesterfield? The guys from Decades were at KBIS and I think either of these would do nicely paired with a long dining table and a few chairs to help create the most special kitchen ever.

What ideas do you have for making your kitchen great?


  1. I’d put a Chesterfield in every room in my house if I could! LOL! I agree that the kitchen is the new living room. It’s where most people hang out when we have guests. People go where the food & drinks are. Might as well make the space aesthetically pleasing to the senses!

    • Hi Mindy,

      Thanks a million for your comment! Yep, I love a great Chesterfield–Decades even has one that turns a corner and make a sectional (or a large corner banquette)! People live more and more in their kitchens and, you’re right, they should be as vibrant as any other room in the house.

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