- Highlight the cooking area. Make the spot where most of the work happens extra special, with a unique backsplash design behind the cooktop, or a 48″ range, different color cabinetry.
- Create a comfortable gathering area. Usually in the form of an island, it always a good idea to have section of the kitchen where guests can congregate and you can entertain while preparing food. A Grande Decor kitchen designer can help you figure this out within your existing floor plan. Click here to see a solution for this exact idea in a Grande Decor Ardmore kitchen design/remodel.
- Put things within reach. Make sure your cabinet plan is well thought out. Silverware should be in a drawer right near the dishwasher, pots near the stove with easy access, spices near the cooktop. Another consideration is the inside of the cabinets and different storage options to make all your kitchen needs stored well and organized.
- Set up a coffee station. Assuming you are a coffee drinker, finding a place to put that coffee machine is a great idea! Having it stored properly on the countertop is a dream. Typically we put it in a corner of the countertop where most kitchens have a dead space. You can even place it behind doors in a countertop cabinet.
- Make a statement. Add your own special touches by making a statement without over doing it. Simple pieces like accent tiles in a backsplash that are made of recycled glass, a light fixture with crystal details over the island or cabinet hardware you found at a local antique shop all add to the splendor of your new kitchen.
- Take care of your wine. Finding a place to store wine is important. Whether you display it with built-in wine racks or hide it behind doors in a full height pantry, put it where it makes sense most in your kitchen.
- Pick a floor for yourself. There are many flooring options out there, but typically in kitchens we are installing ceramic tile, hardwood floors and luxury vinyl tiles. Tile is endless in design and color options, but hard and cold. One way to combat those characteristics is radiant heat flooring and fashion cushion mats. Hardwoods are soft and beautiful, but can scratch easy. Again, cushion mats in work areas help with dinks. The luxury vinyl is a softer floor and very affordable.
- Put your cabinets to work. Incorporate slide out shelves in a pantry, wine glass racks under a cabinet, tray dividers in skinny cabinets, lids organizers in a drawer, etc. The options for storage in a cabinet are endless and a Grande Decor kitchen expert can help you design each of these features.
- Plan for all the other things you do in your kitchen. It is okay, we all do it….pay bills, charge phones, laptops, iPads, talk on the phone, have a calendar, etc. Designing a “drop zone” area and even better, a desk area could possibly change your life! Having all these daily activities organized is magical!
- Take the first step. Getting and staying excited is the best part of creating your ultimate kitchen. Contacting Grande Decor to get your dreams turned into a reality is the first and easiest step. We will walk with you through the process. Our design system is fun and easy, plus you are in the driver seat! We look forward to hearing from you!
Too simple to be this good. But they are!
- 8 thin slices prosciutto
- 8 grissini or other thin breadsticks
- Wrap 8 thin slices around 8 or other thin breadsticks, leaving 5 to 6 inches of exposed bread at one end.
- Serve with a pesto for dipping, mozzarella cheese balls, roasted peppers or bruschetta. Instant dinner party appetizer!
Roasted Winter Squash:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups raw winter squash (butternut, hubbard,
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced onion (1/4-inch)
- 1/4 cup diced celery (1/4-inch)
- 1/4 cup diced carrot (1/4-inch)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 (32 ounce) carton chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon ground toasted coriander (optional)
- Roasted Winter Squash (above)
- 1/2 cup half-and-half, if desired (optional)
- 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup crispy bread crumbs.
- To make roasted winter squash: Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Heat butter over medium-high heat in an ovenproof saute pan; add diced squash, salt and pepper. When squash begins to brown, place pan in oven. Roast for 15 minutes or until medium-brown on all sides. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Puree in food processor, or mash with potato masher or ricer. Measure 1 1/2 cups squash; reserve.
- To make soup: Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add the onion, celery, carrot and cinnamon stick; saute until soft but not brown, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the broth and the coriander; bring to a boil. Simmer for several minutes. Stir in reserved squash until smooth; simmer gently to let the flavors meld, about 10 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick.
- Puree the soup using an immersion blender or in a blender until smooth. (The soup can be made ahead to this point, cooled, covered, and refrigerated for several days or frozen for about 1 month. It will thicken as it cools and may need thinning with broth or water when reheating.)
- Return the soup to the pan and reheat gently. Add the half-and-half. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Top each serving with pumpkin seeds and toasted bread crumbs.