The kitchens in both Boho and No.1450 were created with our guests in mind. We have loved watching events take shape in the space and watch people naturally gravitate towards the kitchen bar in No.1450. The natural light streaming in from the wall of west facing windows provides the perfect backdrop for post dinner conversation and cocktails. It gives off a vibe, it draws you in. The space is open, yet cozy; you want to be there.
The gathering around the No. 1450 kitchen during the Blogger Retreat, July 2017.
In contrast, the kitchen in boho is open, inviting and perfect for catering. This past weekend we had the honor of hosting an amazing blogger retreat, put on by @sugarandcloth and @visitroundtop. The incomparable @armondosrestuarant provided an al fresco margarita bar and delicious Mexican dinner.
The double doors to the boho kitchen were designed with functionality in mind. A catering truck can pull right up and be out of sight to an event going on in the boho great room. The bloggers were taking styled shots of the table top decor, guests were mingling and we were filming; all while the kitchen staff was preparing dinner, at no disruption to the event. It was one of those moments where you are able to see an idea from conception to production to completion - it is exactly as we'd hoped it would be.
With a gas stove, ample counter space and an option to close off the space, the boho kitchen seamlessly fits into our design aesthetic while serving the dual purpose of being a caterers dream. It also lends itself to cooking demonstrations and food centric photo shoots. The spaces have been used for a pie making demonstration, wine tasting and cooking class. The options are endless.
Photo by Haylei Smith
In addition to the catering compatibilty, the kitchen are stocked and ready for our guests to whip up their own creations. Whether you are a seasoned foodie or an eager novice, the kitchen should be up to par. We have all the dishes, pots and pans needed to create the perfect meal, whether your group is a robust ten or intimate two and the sunset views to go along with it.
When it comes to designing your own kitchen space we have learned a thing or two that hopefully will help in your own design.
Consider the space you have to work with. Are you designing from the ground up or do you have to work within existing constraints of walls/structural support, etc.? We have done both. In No. 1450 we had to use the space that was already there. We took down the top cabinets to open up the space between the kitchen and the living area. It completely changed the space. In Boho we got to design the space from the ground up - and that is where it is essential to consider how you anticipate using the space.
Do you plan on having lots of dinner parties/catered events? If so, consider double ovens, two dishwashers and an ability to close off the space. If you plan on having lots of family dinners where everyone crowds around the kitchen to visit and catch up, consider a large island with plenty of seating so everyone has a spot. If you are not much for cooking or entertaining, consider a galley kitchen that has a smaller footprint and will allow you to spend your resources on other areas that would be used more.
Photo by Haylei Smith
The biggest lesson we have learned though out this process is to make the space work for you and what you want out of it, not the other way around. Just because you have never seen it done, or its not what is popular, remember, this is your space, make it suit you and your needs. Home design and especially kitchen design, is so personal, it is the heart of the home.