Here’s what so wonderful about New York City: There are no boundaries about what can be done or can’t. Everything is possible. Even constructing a small house right in the middle of
Rockefeller Center with a fabulous designer kitchen, dining area, and lounge with a modern stone fire place, and perfectly perfect backyard barbeque area with room to entertain 25!
That is what the magazine HOUSE BEAUTIFUL did to show off their KITCHEN OF THE YEAR, this year designed by the talented kitchen designer, MITCH De GIULIO. I was invited by my good friends at KRAVET…one of the sponsors of the event…to a wonderful breakfast there last week, and had the great fortune to get to talk to De GIULIO , as well as the power people behind HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, NEWELL TURNER and KATE KELLY SMITH.
Lets get down to basics. De GUILIO’S kitchen is truly gorgeous. That he managed to put the whole thing together in two weeks is comparable to a miracle of the first degree. Granted he had the cooperation of many big-wigs in the industry (KRAFT MAID , KOHLER, CAESAR STONE, WHIRLPOOL, FRONTGATE, ANN SACKS, BELGARD, SHAW FLOORS, KRAVET, GLIDDEN PAINTS, NAPOLEAN FIREPLACES & GRILLS, THE CONTAINER STORE, GROTHOUSE LUMBER, HICKORY CHAIR, MICHAEL ARAM, VTECH, iROBOT, AIRCRAFT SCENTSTICKS) which would definitely ensure success. But big kudos need to go to MICK De GIULIO for his design, especially for some of his own custom designed cabinetry, which he infused in the kitchen here and there.
What I loved most about the kitchen was that it incorporated so many different materials, and then went one step further by never using these materials in the same way. For example there were Caesar Stone counters, wood counters, and hammered nickel counters. All were of different profiles and thickness, which gave the kitchen less of a rigid look and more originality. It was fluid and creative and chic, and there was no doubt that it was extremely functional and yet stunning to look at.
There were many wonderful features to the kitchen/living space that helped make the entire room a success. Some of my favorites were:
*The fabuloso polished German nickel, super-thick-profile counter in the butlers pantry!
*The De Giulio designed main sink for KALLISTA...it had everything going for it!
*The iROBOT Roomba Vacuuum Cleaning Robot tucked next to a bank of cabinets…I WANT ONE!
*The elegant counters made from an amazing Caesar Stone!
*The use of open shelves and transparent cabinets. Okay, this does force you to be neater and does entail constant attention, but it is soooo nice to see everything! This cabinet, by the by, is one of De GIULLIO’S custom beauties.
*Elegant white gold backed glass brick tiles as a back splash from Ann Sacks.
*The hanging lanterns from Circa Lighting over the main sink counter…bold and elegant!
*The ‘totally-inventive-practical-wish I had one in my kitchen’ drawer by Kraftmaid to be used as a desk/ computer drawer. Terrific design!
INSIDER TIP: As beautiful as a room may be, the small details are always the finishing touches that make the difference…so make sure you don’t fail to address these too when designing your home.
HOUSE BEAUTIFUL holds many wonderful events during the week that the house is opened, including cooking demonstrations with top chefs, and demonstrations by many of the sponsors of their products. I was a little disappointed I did not attend any of these, but have made a mental note to try and do so next year. You should also try and attend this event next year…it is well worth the look-see!
CIAO, CIAO ‘TIL NEXT TIME!