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Zaveloff based the design of the furniture-look seating island on the kind of stainless-steel tables used in restaurant kitchens. "With a shelf on the bottom and no countertop overhang, you can pull up stools, put your feet on the shelf, and have space for your knees," she says.
Quartz-surfacing (shown on the back island) and two types of solid-surfacing -- all fabricated into 2 1/2-inch-thick countertops -- designate zones and create an "added over time" effect.
A tambour door that lifts like a rolltop desk hides a toaster and other breakfast supplies.
With its vintage roots and 48-inch-wide basin, this utility sink adds function and fashion. A pair of faucets mounts to its integral backsplash for cleanup ease.
Borrowing a concept from the restaurant business, Zaveloff and her husband and business partner, Nick, devised this clever utensil organization system: countertop cutouts that hold metal bins in assorted sizes.
Wall-mount lights with a bronze finish illuminate the work sink.
9. Finesse with Furniture
10. Mix Cabinetry Finishes
To convey a feeling of informality, Zaveloff layered cabinetry in natural oak with two painted finishes: creamy white and amber.
"Food is the ultimate kitchen accessory," Zaveloff says. That's why she specified clear-glass cabinet doors for part of the pantry storage. Packaged goods sit within reach and add color and casualness.
Make it easy for guests to help themselves: Coffeemakers and accompanying supplies on this marble-look countertop team with an undercounter refrigerator and icemaker covered with cabinet panels.
Zaveloff's version of mise en place -- a French term that refers to having all the ingredients prepared and ready to go before cooking begins -- turns the prep island into an efficient workhorse. Preparing ingredients and temporarily storing them in removable bins eases the cook's work once guests arrive.
16. Choose an Artful Backsplash
17. Install a Pot-Filler Faucet
Eliminate lugging large pots of water to the range with a cold-water wall-mount faucet.
18. Use Special Cabinet Features
19. Take Care of Your Wine
Undercounter wine refrigerators keep bottles properly chilled in a small amount of space. Doors fitted with wooden frames integrate the appliances into the cabinets.
Fuss-free antique French stools pull up to a granite-top table-style island.
Walnut planks with a sculpted surface run throughout the wine room and other spaces. Their finish and texture evoke images of timeworn European country kitchens.
Adding an adjacent powder room makes it easy for guests to do a quick touch-up during a casual gathering. Plus, the cook doesn't have to dash to another room to freshen up during food prep.
24. Define Work Zones
One side of the butler's pantry -- which connects the kitchen and wine room -- is designed as a cleanup station with sink, dishwasher, and hidden recycling bins.
25. Strive for Function with Style
The wine room's dishwasher and apron-front sink are two examples of elements that combine good looks with hard work.