The Secret For Creating A Kitchen That Sizzles

Posted on | April 16, 2014 | No Comments

Everyone wants to enjoy their kitchen to the fullest. After all, this is the heart of the home, where we nourish our families, entertain our favorite people and create many of our best memories. Hiring a designer can go a long way toward giving you a kitchen that works for your most practical of needs, and still looks effortlessly beautiful. We sat down with Charlotte interior designer Rosa Dest of Rosa Dest Interiors to get her take on how a designer can create a space that’s perfectly customized for an individual homeowner. Rosa has years of experience successfully transforming kitchens, and she shared with North Carolina Design a bit of her process.

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Rosa explains that one of most significant things a designer can do for homeowners is to help them develop a plan. “A good plan is the most crucial aspect of a design,” she notes. “A plan plus the right components equals a beautiful, functional kitchen. The first thing I do is find out about a client’s lifestyle, and how they really want to use their kitchen. Form always follows function. Working with a designer gives you something that’s not only pretty, but functional for your specific needs.”

Rosa says that designers can anticipate homeowners’ needs, and offer solutions they may not have otherwise considered. “We know the different resources that are available in the market. A homeowner may see something they like, but we can suggest other options which are better suited to their budget, their goals and their needs. We can also suggest components that will give a kitchen that special ‘wow’ that everybody wants. And we work hand-in-hand with providers to ensure that everything fits together perfectly into a cohesive design.”

The featured kitchen here showcases Rosa’s ability to successfully meet the homeowners’ functional needs, while giving them a truly beautiful space. “The wife loves to cook, bake and entertain. She wanted really good appliances, and her island was really important to her for storage and for added counter space. We moved her stovetop out of the island and into the counter, and gave her a dual-fuel range and oven. We also made sure there were ample drawers and cabinets for storage.”

“As far as form, she wanted something that was romantic without looking ostentatious.” To achieve this look, Rosa used a soft, off-white cabinet glaze, as well as classic moulding and floral accents. However, she also added signature touches for a bit of flair. “We designed the kitchen so that the eye travels from the cedar ceiling planks in the breakfast area, to the butcher’s block, to the pendant lights to the copper hood. It’s a cohesive look that really provides the feel she was looking for.”

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