retro-classic denver kitchen by Annabelle Guldner

have a look at this project we just completed in Denver! 

the new open space

before we got started with this project the home was compartmentalized into a tiny kitchen, an equally tiny dining room and a living area. we were able to remove all the walls, and with the help of a large beam, combined all three spaces into one generous and light flooded open space fit for entertaining. 

the big transformation

the new kitchen design was geared towards maximizing storage and functionality. the wish was to use the massive island as a dining table that can fit counter height stools on three sides. the new layout allowed for a dishwasher and large cast-iron sink as well as 4 large drawer bases. we were also able to include a floor to ceiling pantry cabinet and floating shelves to give the space an open feel.  

the end result

due to budget constraints the fridge and range locations couldn't be altered but we made sure the functionality wouldn't be compromised. the island features white oak wood counters while the perimeter is emphasized through white quartz. the large concrete pendant over the island offer intimate dining lighting while the new led recessed can lights offer perfect task and overall lighting which can be dimmed. the backsplash which consists of classic white subway tile was taken all the way to the ceiling and into the window sill to emphasize the height and create a seamless and cohesive atmosphere. the tile was repeated behind the island for durability as well as maintaining an overall theme.

before and after designATplay:

dwell_well by Annabelle Guldner

Wouldn't it be nice if your spices were in the exact right location when you cook? Within an arms reach and each and every one accessible and visible? Yes, it would be! Check out another great idea for spice storage in an underused and overlooked space in the kitchen - flush with your backsplash, hidden, no grease and dust layer on your containers and not taking up any valuable counter, drawer or cabinet space. They are right where you need them, when you need them! 

Integrated within the design of the kitchen and planned for ahead of time as a crucial component instead of an afterthought, this spice flip-out, recessed into the wall cavity is unobstructed and accessible. We love this elegant solution of a push-to-open flip-out, customizable in size and location. In this case it is hidden seamlessly within a glass backsplash on either side of the stove. The backsplash can be used for writing on; you can note the spice names on the glass and change it when need-be! Or leave a nice message for a loved one. A glass backsplash is great for durable and cleaning. Have a look at the pictures  of two different design solutions for a common problem in the kitchen! The  touch-to-open flip-out rack and the sliding panels that reveal recessed shelving in the backsplash! Let us know if you agree! 

dwell well by Annabelle Guldner

Spice storage is the number 1 issue for clients when it comes to kitchen designs. And there is just not a great way to store them yet. We have come up with some concepts for convenient placement, access and sizing. The problem is they take up valuable storage space in drawers and wall cabinets when in fact where we need them is somewhere else entirely. Check out this first of three hidden storage concepts that offer great ease of access, suffcient space, and endless possiblities when it comes to aesthetics (in this case a blackboard). The solution is a underused and overlooked potential location available in any kitchen; the idea are niches with shelves that sit recessed in the stud cavity of the backsplash (like a medicine cabinet). A sliding panel slides effortlessly in front of the nook without taking any counter space or diminishing any functions. These nooks can be located anywhere in the backsplash depeneding on the clients preference and most efficient location. In this example the spices are in the perfect location next to the stove and won't collect dust and grease sitting in the open. We love this idea and the design resulting from it!
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dwell_well by Annabelle Guldner

Drawers are thing to do now. but instead of just being a trend it's about functionality and user-friendliness. We love the look and the use you get out of these large heady-duty, soft-close, full-extension drawers! Combos of different counter materials are a great way to bring some different textures and colors into the space without making it too busy. We love these wood counters with a dropped surface at table height, that makes bar stools handy for both the dining room table in times of need for more chairs and the bar area for work and entertainment. 

Kitchens should be fun places to be in, where it's easy for lots of people to hang out and work. That's why we miss this kitchen that we created in Savannah GA... it was the perfect setting for hosting!

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dwell well - keep up with GOOD design by Annabelle Guldner

The thing to do in 2018 is: get rid of your upper cabinets! But... the question is do you have the capacity in lower cabinets to store all your belongings? Probably not as it is. It all comes down to the design of the storage in your lower cabinets - it boils down to large drawers. No more doors that are hard to access. Okay, maybe you do have to get rid of some duplicates that have been sitting unused in the top of the upper cabinets for years. Let go! See how good it feels and discover how freed up not just your walls are but yourself as well. The large drawer bases are the ideal solution for all your storage needs and access is easy and efficient. Their heavy duty construction allows you to load them up with pots, plates and dishes galore! Kitchens that do not need upper cabinets and therefore have a beautiful airy feel about them, feature only lower drawer bases.

The wall space is freed up for windows, art, or floating shelves, not to mention decorative lighting features. Once you forego undercounter fixtures as task and accent lighting, lighting design becomes fun. Floating shelves should be used wisely, to avoid clutter. Look at the pictures below to see some examples of kitchens without upper cabinets and how they maximize storage in the bases. This development is not just a thing about aesthetics and trends, but a way to make your kitchen work for you, it's all about functionality and ease of use. The atmospheric advantages that come with it are just an extra benefit.

Should you ever miss your upper cabinets (you won't), it's easy to install and add them at a later point. Design is not all about looks and what's new and trendy this year, so you have to redo it next. Good design revolves around the combination of how to make things more functional and user-friendly and create aesthetically pleasing environments (because that's what we as human are drawn to). With technology and new development in construction the possibilities are always evolving and offer a way to make things better for us. With the help of a designer you can pick and choose what works for you. And it'll pay off right away, with the first time in a new space! 

Don't dwell in the past, just because that's how something has been done for years. We are creatures of habit and often it's quicker and easier to just stick with the old... because it's what we know. But as a designer I know how important it is to evolve, because it make a difference - dwell well! The misconception of 'new is always more expensive' is often times just an excuse. It might take a little more effort, and sometimes a leap of faith on the clients side, but that's why there are designers. Good design makes a difference. That's a guarantee.