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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.
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
An antique China hutch inspired the look of this storage piece made from ordinary kitchen cabinetry.
10. Mix Cabinetry Finishes
To convey a feeling of informality, Zaveloff layered cabinetry in natural oak with two painted finishes: creamy white and amber.
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.
18. Use Special Cabinet Features
Modular cabinets designed to hold bottles and stemware create a custom look.
19. Take Care of Your Wine
Fuss-free antique French stools pull up to a granite-top table-style island.
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
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.
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