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Why good appliances make the kitchen

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    Jennie Nunn

The latest appliances and gadgets (think high-tech refrigerators with a “fresh” gauge to innovative tabletop cookware) can instantly turn a humdrum kitchen into modern marvel. Here, designer Phill Vonk of D Christjan incorporates a handful of showroom stars for this guesthouse kitchen project.

“We wanted to create a transitional kitchen design,” says Phill. “This is the mixing of traditional and modern design for the customer who likes clean lines without going too modern.”

Want the look? Carlayn DeJong, showroom manager of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Galleries, offers a few highlights.



Shed Some Light

Lighting by Fine Art, Currey & Company
and Visual Comfort

“The jewelry of any kitchen is very important and where you can enhance the overall design with your personal style. Wall sconces and chandeliers provided ambient layers of light, which will make any room very welcoming.”


Wash Up

Mirabelle Farm Sink

“It’s very well-priced and can go into a variety of stylish environments and kitchen size configurations. We paired with a Rohl faucet.”


Make It Last

Sub-Zero Food Preservation System

“Their food preservation systems have technology functionality, like a built-in system that tells you how long your food will last. The large window on the top door also provides a very contemporary look.”


Pro Tip!

Add balance with matching materials

“The paired sinks are both stainless, as are the main appliances, which ties the room together. Because of the European style of the kitchen, complementing materials create a more elegant design effect and the appliances don’t overpower and blend into the background.” Visit the Ferguson showroom in Redondo Beach for more helpful kitchen design tips.


Now You’re Cooking

Wolf kitchen appliances  

“We used handsome appliances (built-in oven, tabletop convection oven, high-performance blender, cookware, four-slice toaster). All are very conducive to entertaining because the products are both beautiful and functional.”