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Kitchens We Love

Three designs serve up style


California Contemporary

Choose the right materials.
The sea-grass limestone countertop, embedded with natural shells, was one of the first things these La Jolla homeowners picked out. Waterfall edges hide the sides of the makore and mahogany cabinets. They say, “It’s twice as much material, but it’s so contemporary.” Seeking an indoor/outdoor feel, the couple opted for European porcelain flooring, which extends through the foyer onto the front porch. The man-made, virtually indestructible material can withstand weather and is easy to clean—the perfect surface for their two teenage children and beagle, Lucy. (Appliances by Fixtures Living; design by Island Architects and Matrix Design Studio)

Traditional with Bold Beachy Accents

Make every nook and cranny count.
This Del Mar kitchen is “really small, but very functional,” says designer Christine Fink. “It’s my job to maximize every square inch.” She achieved this by moving the microwave to the island, off the room’s perimeter, where storage space is key. “If we hadn’t done that, they wouldn’t have had a silverware drawer!” Colorful touches like glass tiles by Encinitas artist Erin Adams and a steely blue Viking range bring the feel of the ocean inside. Fink says, “The range was the core inspiration for color throughout the house.” The designer also mixed in three metal finishes, giving the room an eclectic vintage feel.

Upscale European Meets Country Farmhouse

Look at how you live in the space. Design accordingly.
While most people are tearing down walls between their kitchens and living areas, the owners of this Fairbanks Ranch house built a wall up, to the keep the hustle and bustle out. They often host large gatherings, and prefer to entertain, while their full-time chef does the cooking. A kitchen of this scale offers maximum functionality and plenty of storage. The lady of the house has various collections on display in the glass-front cabinetry. But her favorite part? “The hidden trashcans!” There are three, including one in the smaller, circular island, where the couple enjoys breakfast each morning.

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