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WELLNESS DESIGN

Healthy Living

A designer creates a kitchen that
caters to structure and function

FOR DESIGNER MEREDITH WEISS, her desire for

an organized, clean and simplified lifestyle began
when she learned about holistic care as a massage
therapist. This was before she became the president of her own design firm, Commack, N.Y.based Merri Interiors Inc., and since then she has
used those principles in her projects.
"Once you learn something about a better way of
living, you can't unlearn it," explained the designer.
When it came time to renovate her own kitchen
she shares with her two young children - all with
busy schedules - Weiss wanted a level of function
and well-being that would make her life easier and
cater to her desire to live healthy.
"The previous design was 18 years old,and I knew
I first needed to address which needs were not being
met," she said. "I wanted to make sure everything
had a home and that those items I use often were
easy to access. I needed ample storage, improved
function and a place for healthful cooking."

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INCORPORATING WELLNESS
ABOVE Order and organization

are extremely important in
this kitchen, which features
a custom-made backsplash
tile that conceals the outlets, a
wine cube cabinet and a linenlook porcelain floor tile with a
solid-brass inlay.
The painted-maple wall cabinets are flat-panel framed, and
the frameless base cabinets
are stained red oak.

By CHELSIE BUTLER

The most important thing for the designer's well-being in the kitchen is that
it maintains a sense of calm. Ample storage allows everything to retain a sense
of order and includes four drawers under the base cabinets in the toe kicks. As
Weiss prepares fresh food for her family on a daily basis, it was also imperative
that the various work stations function independently and efficiently with
ample counter space.
For everyone's comfort in the kitchen, including the dogs, Weiss had radiant heat installed in the tile flooring. This is especially useful in the winter
months and keeps the fur babies from having to nap on a cold floor. She chose
a reverse osmosis water filtration system for the refrigerator, which offers
several health benefits, and an instant hot water tap, which helps speed up
the boiling process for cooking.
In regard to biophilia - bringing the outdoors inside - the kitchen
boasts a variety of plants and warm wood tones to incorporate a natural
look and textural feel. The space originally had plenty of natural light,
but she added more control over the levels with automated blinds. The
undercabinet LED and shelf lighting are on a dimmer to create different
moods during the day and evening, which Weiss says can have a direct
effect on one's well-being.

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Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Note
NKBA Note
Happenings
Hot Topic
Research Roundup
Trends
Better Business
Stories from the Field
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Wellness Design
Balanced Budget
All Abroad
Solutions
Universal Design
Sustainable Design
What’s Hot
Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
Last Word
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Show Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - NKBA Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Happenings
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Hot Topic
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Research Roundup
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Trends
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Better Business
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 37
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Stories from the Field
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 39
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 41
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 42
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 43
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Wellness Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 45
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Balanced Budget
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 47
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - All Abroad
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 51
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Solutions
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Universal Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 55
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Sustainable Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 57
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - What’s Hot
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 59
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 60
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 61
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
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