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Ventilation is another area where technology is coming into play, in which
case the Gaggenau Vario 400 Series Downdraft System is the ideal solution.
The ventilation system, which is built into countertops alongside burners, has
features including an air-quality sensor, self-regulating power settings, and
automatic functions to immediately and unobtrusively pull odors, smoke, and
other contaminants from the air. The system automatically turns on at the
start of cooking, not when odors and fumes become troublesome, when it's
often too late.
The Finishing Touches
" I always say, cabinetry hardware is like jewelry for the cabinet, " Lovato
offers. " You shouldn't be going to Home Depot and buying hardware; you
should spend some money on nice hardware. " After all, Lovato reasons,
you'll be reaching for a drawer pull or a knob countless times throughout
the day; shouldn't it be something that looks and feels great? Similarly,
higher-end plumbing fixtures are not only a pleasure to operate but will
look great and last longer.
Options from Modern Matter include backplates and knobs that can be chosen
to customize a look, and a gemstone collection featuring drawer pulls that are
inlaid with stones such as moonstone, labradorite, and rose quartz. " From
a tactile standpoint, nothing is more beautiful than touching a patinaed
piece of brass that you're using over and over every day, " says Mulford, who
co-founded the luxury hardware brand as a sister company to her jewelry line
Addison Weeks. " It brings a little joy to pulling open a drawer. "
Another great opportunity to create visual impact is with decorative lighting,
such as pendants over a kitchen island or a unique sconce over the sink. And
backsplashes also offer the chance to show off a design personality, even if
it's just with an accent of stunning tile around the range and a less expensive,
but coordinating, tile around it. Carefully incorporated, all the technical and
aesthetic elements will lead to a kitchen design that is as personal and
inviting as it is perfectly functional.
The Benson custom knobs
in this stylish bar are
polished brass, set with
amazonite gemstones. Design
by Elaina Fagan Design.
(Image: Courtesy of
Modern Matter)
JESSICA GOLDBOGEN HARLAN
Simple polished
brass pulls feel good
in the hand.
(Image: Courtesy of
Modern Matter)
has written about the home furnishings industry for
more than 20 years, and her work has appeared in
HFN, Town & Country, Stylus, TastingTable.com,
ALLRECIPES.COM, AmericasMart magazine, and
Yahoo! A culinary-school graduate, she also is the author
of nine cookbooks, including Ramen to the Rescue,
Mason Jar Lunches, and The Little Book of Takoyaki.
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