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The Test Kitchen renovation reflects the Better Homes and Gardens aesthetic: an American mix of styles, materials, and influences. The star of the Test Kitchen showcase space is the island, which stretches 11 1/2 feet and has a multitude of functions. Visitors can sit at the island and talk with the cook at the nearby sink or cooktop.
The island's integrated granite sink has teak cutting boards that slide where needed, from the drain board across to the rubbish opening.
Bistro-style light fixtures are built into the bold chrome pot rack above the island, which anchors the space as the kitchen's focal point. The pergola grid above adds texture and serves to diffuse the inset lights above it.
For textural harmony, materials connect via tone and substance, such as the pairing of creamy granite with white marble and the use of both horizontal and vertical wood grains. Here, an unusual narrow strip tile covers the top of the serving cart.
A marble baking-prep table at far end of the island doubles as a serving area. And at the other end of the island, a serving cart, smartly outfitted with storage for linens and serving utensils, can roll to serve the nearby banquette. In between, a long trough sink doubles as a food prep area.
A French limestone fireplace lends a hearth theme; a flat-screen television inset above it unifies what often can be two disparate focal points in a room. Comfortable seating and a neutral color palette ensure that the food will star in this dining room.
One of the most comfortable aspects of the showcase kitchen is its library dining room. Lined with dark walnut cabinetry, it's a cozy enclave for showcasing books (like our vast collection of cookbooks) and is the perfect spot for corporate meetings.
Editors from Better Homes and Gardens magazine enjoy working and entertaining in the showcase kitchen. In 2005, they'll welcome more than 2,000 guests, perform more than 5,000 recipe tests, and host the first-ever Family Cook-Off Contest in the new space!
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