Kitchen Must Haves

This post is the best friend to a previous post here at Nesting Place called Laundry Room Must Haves. Both posts are sponsored by Wilsonart, where they believe that kitchens should be designed for real life–amen!

waterfallPhotography: Teri Lyn Fischer, Interior Design: Tamara Kaye-Honey via Rue Magazine

After living in 13 different houses during my 17 years of wifeing to a hungry man and three hungry boys, I’ve learned a thing or two about what I need in a kitchen. As small as the kitchen appeared in our new house, I evaluated it before we bought it to make sure it had the potential to accommodate these three things:

before kitchenbelieve it or not, I deemed this little kitchen potential worthy

bay window beforethe best part about our new old kitchen: WINDOWS!

1. Natural Light

If you’ve ever tried to cook breakfast at 10am in a dark kitchen then you know how valuable natural light is.

We’ve had kitchens that had one tiny window and kitchens that have had no windows. We’ve had kitchens that were so dark that they sucked up all the natural light. And sometimes we get lucky and find a kitchen with a bay window. My favorite part of our current kitchen? The windows! Really, there’s not much more to love, but one thing is for sure, I WILL GET SUNLIGHT!

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2. A place for people to gather

There’s nothing worse than inviting people over for dinner and then escaping into your one woman cave where no one else can fit to visit while you finish up the cooking alone. Not only do I want to be able to welcome people into my kitchen, I want to make sure they have a place to sit. I don’t feel the need to accommodate a crowd (although I’m a big fan of the kitchen table) but it’s a priority for me to have a few places to sit for guests or my boys or my husband to be close enough to the kitchen where I don’t feel like I’m in solitary confinement. So in our tiny new/old kitchen, that means opening up the walls so the room can breathe and people can connect with each other.

3. Cleared off surfaces

Oh, the glorious luxury of a cleared off counter in the kitchen. I used to keep my counters packed full of tchotchkes, small appliances, mail and that left over doughnut. But no more! There is something about a cleared off kitchen counter that motivates me to cook and clean up after myself, and I need all the help I can get. I cannot wait to have counters in my kitchen–so I can use them, and then clear them off. I believe a cleared off counter is a luxury.

BiancoRomanoFinal.jpgWilsonart Bianco Romano shown with Crescent Decorative Edge

wilsonartIn the market for new counters? Here are a few helpful facts about Wilsonart:

Wilsonart® Decorative Edges are designed to enhance and emulate the look of real granite countertops and give you more options for achieving a unique stone look. And look at that glorious cleared off counter!

Wilsonart Decorative Edges give your design the perfect finishing touch. It’s the affordable way to complete the granite look without visible seam lines. Yippie for no seam lines!

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Wilsonart Winter Carnival shown with Crescent Decorative Edge

The Wilsonart HD® Integrated Sink gives the countertop an upscale, clean look with no lip and no seam for easy cleaning. Available in many popular configurations, these strong, thermal-formed acrylic sinks are resistant to both stains and heat.

Your turn, what are your kitchen must haves?

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