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Kitchen Trends 2015

A new article claims that super-sized kitchens, breakfast bars and ultra-convenient pantries are not doing our waistlines any favors. Read here. Is it true that your expanded kitchen will expand you waistline? Oh no, what to do, what to do? Blame your kitchen designer, that’s what! Well even though it would be nice to point the finger at someone else for our expanding waistlines, that is not necessarily the truth in why we are fat. It is about personal responsibility in what we choose to put in our new sleekly designed kitchens.

Healthy eating habits are formed regardless of your kitchen space weather modern or old, big or small. The beauty of modernizing your kitchen is that technology and innovation in appliances are there to support your healthy eating habits. You can achieve a smart and efficient design that encourages healthy eating habits even if your space is small. Steam and convection ovens provide healthy ways of preparing our meals. Refrigeration that controls temperatures to protect the longevity of our expensive organic produce we buy for the week. Wouldn’t we all love to stop off at the produce stand daily to buy our veggies but how practical is that? What I wouldn’t give for turning a wine fridge into a wheat grass grower!

What consumers want is convenience and efficiency. I agree that it would be ideal to shop daily for the freshest produce but our fast paced lives prevent us from a daily trip to the market. What my clients want is bigger and better storage. Not just a big cabinet, but a cabinet with drawers. And if you are stuck with a small kitchen with limited storage, how many of you have a second refrigerator in the garage? It’s about being practical, purchasing in bulk is a cost saver for larger families.

People have a desire for good food and how to be more efficient in making good meals. One of my favorite cookbook authors, Mark Bittman, is one of the country’s best-known, most widely respected food writers. His cookbooks are in demand for those of us who love good food and do not have a lot of time for a complicated recipe.

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I don’t have clients asking me for better storage for the FryDaddy. Clients are making sure that there is proper clearance for the taller Vita-Mix blenders that will sit on the counter. (PS., Vita Mix redesigned them so they fit in 17″H space, perfect for a 18″ backsplash. ) For the truly health conscience consumers, they are purchasing juicers and not just one but sometimes two or three! You’ve got to have a juicer, a blender and maybe you even have a smaller Ninja Bullet. Part of that trend in juicing is the need for better functional design and storage solutions for these health related appliances, and with it comes the need for smarter storage solutions as well as easy clean up solutions.

So don’t feel guilty for wanting to open up your kitchen with it’s fancy new features.

Embrace it, eat healthy, entertain in the kitchen, and enjoy!
Houzz Survey: New Kitchen Features


Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

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