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Revisiting Kitchen Design Solutions from the Past: Details

For the past several weeks I have been posting Kitchen designs from the past.

All of the examples I have shared came from Kitchens I designed 10 to 20 years ago.

So far I have shared Kitchen designs featuring the following:

In this post I will conclude with details I have incorporated in my Kitchen designs that caught my eye as I scrolled through these older pics.

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Revisiting Kitchen Design Solutions from the Past: Storage

My private design practice has always revolved around developing functional solutions.

This holds true for my Kitchen design training and teaching as well.

As most of you will know, my mantra is

Form follows function

Over the years this has propelled me to continually explore different storage solutions for my clients.

In this post, I will present some of my favorite storage solutions from past Kitchen design projects.

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Revisiting Vestabul Kitchen Design Solutions from the Past: Cabinet Accessories

Throughout my Kitchen design career I have always strived to balance function and aesthetics.

This thought pattern came about while getting my Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics.

The program was all about the “WHY”, with students needing to justify everything we did, from why we seamed a garment a particular way, to why we placed a drawer bank in a Kitchen design.

After graduating I started my Kitchen design career following the mantra:

Form Follows Function

In today’s VESTA Blog I will revisit many of the functional solutions I incorporated into my Kitchen designs in the past.

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Revisiting Vestabul Kitchen Design Solutions from the Past: Metal Accents

In my last blog I presented design solutions for appliance placement from my Kitchen designs, circa 1999 to 2009.

Today I continue that theme looking at how I have incorporated metal accents into my designs over the years.

Exploring what other materials could be incorporated into traditional wood cabinetry is what got me started.

The following post shows my journey with metal accents.

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Revisiting Kitchen Design Solutions of the Past: Appliance Placement

I began my Kitchen Design career more than 25 years ago.

At that time, the focus was on selling boxes to new home builders more than designing functional spaces for families.

Within a year of working in the industry, I saw that things could be different and that I needed to bring more “design” to my job to inspire me to continue in this profession, and provide my clients with better solutions.

When I was scanning my images of past projects looking for a topic for my VESTA Blog post this week, I was reminded of this.

So, for my next few posts I am going to share with you some of my earlier design solutions with hints on how I would update them for today’s consumer.

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How to Incorporate the Principles of Design into Your Kitchen Projects

In my last blog I presented the 7 Elements of Design and how you could incorporate them into your Kitchen designs.

They were space, line, form, light, color, texture and pattern.

Today I will show you how to take your Kitchen designs to the next level by using the 6 Principles of Design in your projects.

These Principles include:

  • Balance
  • Emphasis
  • Rhythm
  • Contrast
  • Proportion & Scale
  • Harmony & Unity

I see the proper implementation of the Principles of Design as the “WOW” factor of interior design and a theory that all Kitchen Designers need to know!

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How to Incorporate the Elements of Design into Your Kitchen Projects

For those of you that studied design, you will be aware of the Elements and Principles of Design theory.

It is theory that I learned when I was studying fashion design at university, but it is a theory that applies to every type of design.

I use this theory when developing all of my design solutions.

The Elements of Design are:

  • Space
  • Line
  • Form
  • Light
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Pattern

And the Principles of Design are:

  • Balance
  • Emphasis
  • Rhythm
  • Contrast
  • Proportion & Scale
  • Harmony & Unity

Design professionals say that if you carefully consider all these seven elements, you will be able to create a beautiful and inviting living space

Today I would like to explore how the Elements of Design relates to Kitchen Design.

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How to Select & Position Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

In the mid nineties, I attended my first Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago.

It was extremely inspiring for me, and one thing that stuck out was the variety of decorative cabinet hardware that was on display.

I wrote an article for my local NKBA chapter describing cabinet hardware as the jewelry that put the finishing touch on your Kitchen design.

This was a big discovery for me since the cabinet line I was working with at the time arrived with decorative hardware already attached to the doors and drawers!

That trip began my love affair with cabinet hardware.

In today’s VESTA Blog I want to take it a step further and discuss how to select the decorative hardware for your client’s Kitchen and most importantly where to place it on the cabinets.

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15 Ways to Design a “Hidden” Kitchen

As designers, we are all aware that the Kitchen has become part of the greatroom.

Also as designers, we are always looking for new ways to design this room to work in these open spaces.

The “Hidden” Kitchen is a trend that has been creeping into Kitchen design lately and in this post I would like to explore what that entails.

Read on to learn my 15 ways to get this look!

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Kitchen Case Study: Color in a Functional Kitchen

When designing a Kitchen for a client, I always start with the function first.

I know that once we work out how the space will be used or function, the aesthetics will evolve.

In my last blog post I walked you through Function In A Colorful Room showing how the layout and function was developed for a client’s Kitchen.

Today I’ll show you how the finishes came about.

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Kitchen Case Study: Function In A Colorful Room

For those of you who have taken courses through VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN, worked with me through my coaching program, or have contracted me to design your dream Kitchen, will know that my philosophy revolves around the saying:

Form Follows Function

Louis H. Sullivan, Architect

My process begins with a needs assessment to find out how my client cooks, how often they shop for food, what type of entertaining they do, along with additional needs and wants for their space.

In this Kitchen case study, that survey gave me the information I needed to develop a plan that worked perfectly for the client and their new home.

It was very apparent from my interview with them that they did not want a “cookie-cutter” Kitchen and that color was to be the star!

But before we could get to the color part, I wanted to ensure the function of the space was perfect for them.

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A Post COVID Kitchen & Greatroom Design: Part 2

In my last blog post, A Post COVID Kitchen Design: Part 1, I showed you my vision for how a family might design their kitchen after living through a pandemic.

The layout was not unusual but it incorporated design solutions to make the space function more efficiently for the family of 4.

What many of our clients have learned from the pandemic is that they need their Kitchens and Greatrooms to accommodate multiple individuals for a variety of activities happening simultaneously.

Check out the solutions I envisioned for my Post-COVID Kitchen family, and read on to see how I would design the greatroom and adjacent spaces for them.

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