In the Details
Why good appliances make the kitchen
- Written byJennie 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
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.”
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. ferguson.com
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.”
Every few years the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business hosts a real estate conference in Los Angeles.
At this conference, three PhDs (Dr. Chris Thornberg, former chief of UCLA’s Economic Forecast and now a principal with Beacon Economics; Dr. Robert Edelstein, co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley; and Dr. Richard Green, director of Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC’s Marshall School of Business) present a plethora of charts, graphs and analysis to back up their views as to where the real estate economy is heading.