Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Kitchen’

Designer Solutions for Small Appliances in Kitchens

Posted on: March 16th, 2011 by Ernesto Garcia

Espresso Machines, Blenders and Toasters Oh my!

We love all our wonderful kitchen toys, from coffee grinders to bread makers and mixers. Let’s face it, we can’t live without them, but they make a mess of otherwise tidy kitchens. Either you have them tucked away in your cabinets, and you have to wrestle with pots and pans every time you need to use them; or worse yet, you have an appliance garage, in a corner, with a roll-up door that often gets stuck and holds your pasta maker hostage.

Worry no more, there is a solution! One thing I have been doing lately in remodeling and new construction is adding depth to at least one of the countertops in the kitchen, thus providing room to house a continuous appliance garage as part of the cabinets. I design them with a top hinged-retractable door, often with an automatic light, and pull out platforms on rollers where all your appliances sit; that way you can bring them closer to you, use them, put them away, and close the door with for a clean (hassle-free) look.

Lounge Chairs & Chaise Longues

Posted on: March 13th, 2011 by Ernesto Garcia

 “And what do we put in this corner?”

Now that you’ve moved in and made your poor husband move the furniture until his back went out, you’re dumbfounded with the empty space in the corner of the room. Worry no more Madame chaise lounge can rescue you from your dilemma. I have yet to find a room where a chaise “longue” (French for long chair) couldn’t successfully answer that question (with maybe a few exceptions).

They are perfect for master bathrooms; provided that the size of the room allows it: What better place to lounge with a magazine and a drink after a bubble bath?

13-Eclectic Condo Design-Living Room Lounging Corner

What about Bedrooms? Of course.  Libraries? Splendid. Living Rooms? Perfect.


This doesn’t mean you can just plop a long chair anywhere! You’ll still have to harmonize its fabrics and style with those of the rest of the room because we all know how faux pas it would be to put an elegant Victorian chaise next to a sleek Le Corbusier sofa.

For those of you who follow Mad Men, here’s the design flaw: Betty Draper’s new fainting couch (a close cousin of the chaise lounge) placed in front of the fireplace, in her 50’s Modern living room stuck out a bit from the rest of her home. All I am saying is that you can have a little bit more latitude to work with and that you can be a bit more conscious with the selection.

P.S. Don’t forget that indispensable accessory called a throw!