KITCHEN…The Heart Of Your Home

KITCHEN…The Heart Of Your Home

 

I want you imagine, just for a moment…that your kitchen is not just a place where meals are made and dishes are washed.  It’s a place where memories are made.

What would it be like…if instead of running to close the door to your kitchen when friends stopped by, you couldn’t wait to show them the best room in your house?  A room that’s the heart of your home, where people WANT to congregate.  A room where everyone is always laughing and happy.  A room where you’re proud to entertain family and friends.  Does this sound like the kitchen you have right now? 

Everyone who’s ever hosted a gathering in their home can tell you, that no matter the size or shape, your kitchen is ALWAYS going to be the place to hang out.  And in some kitchens it can become pretty crowded…and warm!  So what allows one kitchen to pull off the perfect gathering while others just don’t work as well?  Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about creating a kitchen that is truly the heart of the home, the “center of everything”.

A Heart of the Home Kitchen might have:

1.An open flow into the family room or dining room

2. Island for prepping and serving food, especially during a party

3. Stools at the island

4. Enough walk space between cabinets and/or island (36”-48”)

5. Homework space for the kids
6. A place to sit and have a conversation
7. Uncluttered spaces: a place for everything
8. A message center for charging devices and message taking
9. A place to feed pets
10. Medicine storage
11. Table space for eating, talking, or playing games

12. A prep sink so others can help with meals
13. A desk for paying bills, searching for recipes, collecting purses and keys

Your Design Homework:

  • Using the list above, check off the items that you already have in place in your kitchen.
  • Of the items you don’t have, ask yourself if they’re really important to you.
  • If they are, make a plan to include them in your next home makeover project. Remember that some items on the list can serve more than one purpose…a table can serve you for eating meals, doing homework, having coffee with friends, etc.

Though some items on the list might require a higher budget than others, remember that you can start from where you are with the little things.  When you’re happy and excited to entertain family and friends, and your home reflects your personality, your enthusiasm will carry over and memories will be made.

How To Reclaim Your Kitchen In 3 Easy Steps

How To Reclaim Your Kitchen In 3 Easy Steps

The kitchen, the Heart of the Home, where everyone wants to hang out and have fun.   But are we really doing that?  Our lives are crazy busy between work and carpooling, after school activities, and evening meetings.  There’s barely time left in our week to shop for food.  Who has time to cook it?  Wouldn’t you love to go back to a simpler time?  A time when we were all together as a family making memories in the kitchen? Wouldn’t you love to learn how to reclaim your kitchen in 3 easy steps?

I love this video produced by Subzero/Wolf.  It’s a perfect explanation of how we wandered out of the kitchen and into “fast food land.”  Isn’t it time you reclaimed your kitchen?  Enjoy the video!

Video Courtesy of Subzero/Wolf

Reclaim Your Kitchen In 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Plan your meals even if it’s only one meal a week.  The next week add another meal.  Set a time to eat.  Set the table.  But most of all just cook!
  2. Celebrate the goodness of fresh food and how healthy it is.  Not to mention the money you’ll save on dining out!
  3. Cook together!!!

If you’re dreaming of your own Heart of the Home Kitchen and don’t know where to start,  we’re here to help.    Just leave your name and email in the box on the right to receive our free report 5 Secrets To Your Spectacular Kitchen or Bath.