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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine


7 Smart Appliances You Can Control With Your Phone

GE's Brillion App

Your refrigerator can't tell you exactly what's inside but it can tell you other things by simply downloading an app.

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kitchen design

How to Build a Modern Eco-Friendly Kitchen

In a midcentury country cabin, environmental expert Danny Seo designed a creative, eco-friendly version of an industrial-style kitchen.

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F&W design council

Inside the Kitchen of a Brilliant Food Stylist

Susan Spungen in her East Hampton kitchen

Susan Spungen, a stylist responsible for fabulous-looking food in print and on screen, has a new kitchen where she doesn’t need tweezers or tape to create exceptional dishes.

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Kitchen Design

Jose Garces's Farmhouse Kitchen

Jose Garces's Farmhouse Kitchen

Jose Garces is such an overachiever (with 17 restaurants and
counting) that he turned his country retreat into a hard-working farm and the worn-out kitchen there into a design showpiece.

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F&W Design Council

Cathy Waterman's Precious Metals at the Table

Cathy Waterman Tableware

Like her jewelry, Cathy Waterman's tabletop designs are inspired by nature. The collection, which she has been working on for two years, is available at Barneys. Read more >

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F&W Design Council

Cathy Waterman's Incredible Multitasking Kitchen

Cathy Waterman's Incredible Multitasking Kitchen

Cathy Waterman, a jewelry designer, creates an ideal space for giving cooking classes, displaying art and hanging with her family. Read more >

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Kitchen Design Tips

An Ultra-Practical, Bistro-Style Kitchen

A blogger's bistro-style kitchen.

At just 170 square feet, this St. Paul kitchen proves a space doesn't have to be enormous to be enviable—or functional. Food blogger and Francophile Eileen Troxel transformed her formerly dark, drafty kitchen without making it any bigger. She simply rearranged the layout, increasing her counter space from less than two feet to nearly 20 feet. Now she has plenty of room to cook and photograph dishes for Passions to Pastry, her blog on Frequent trips to France inspired the creamy color palette and Old World materials, like statuary marble, which she used for the countertops and shelves. She left the shelves open to show off her collection of French porcelain and copper cookware. "I use all of those pieces a lot, so the pot hooks and open shelves are perfect," she says. Troxel entertains often and is looking forward to cooking for a big group on Thanksgiving. "Now there's room for everyone to be in the kitchen with me," she says.

How to Create the Look

1. Marble Shelves The five-foot-long shelves are made from the same statuary marble as the counters. The ornate wrought-iron shelf supports are by Rachiele. $120 each;

2. Tiles To add texture to the neutral color palette, Troxel installed easy-to-find, 3-by-6-inch Carrera marble tiles in a herringbone pattern on the walls.

3. Island The custom stainless steel table is 30 inches high, "the perfect height for me to roll and knead dough," she says, while the six-inch butcher block is just right for chopping.

4. Storage Troxel used to keep potatoes and onions in baskets on the floor. Now they are tucked away on tracks inside one of the cabinets.

5. Cabinets "I've admired this color scheme for years in magazines," says Troxel, who used Coastal Fog by Benjamin Moore to paint her custom-made Shaker-style cabinetry.

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Midwest Revival

Heartland Handmade: Beautiful Furniture and Accessories Made in the Midwest

Midwestern Design Shops

Chefs aren't the only talents finding inspiration in the Midwest. Here, artisans to watch from a fourth-generation carpenter to a custom furniture designer who prizes salvaged materials.

Michigan: Milled
Matt Voight, a fourth-generation carpenter in Traverse City, crafts rustic-meets-modern furniture. He makes this Carlson credenza with a combination of woods, including pine and reclaimed Douglas fir. $2,500;

Minnesota: The Foundry
This year-old Minneapolis housewares shop carries designs from local artisans, like handmade ceramics by Ginny Sims, beeswax candles and carved wooden utensils. From $1.50;

Wisconsin: Misewell
Milwaukee brothers Vincent and Paul Georgeson design timeless pieces with clean lines, like the Sixagon stool ($350), made from recycled steel, and the walnut-and-steel Grain table ($1,775).

Ohio: A Piece of Cleveland
Chris Kious salvages wood to make gorgeous wall panels and custom furniture. He used oak and pine from the 1920s to build the wall and ceiling at Pura Vida restaurant in downtown Cleveland.

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Kitchen Design

A DIY Kitchen Fit for a Cooking Pro

A DIY Kitchen Fit for a Cooking Pro

Photo courtesy of Eric Rawlings

The winner of F&W’s kitchen-design contest combines DIY ideas (an island made of salvaged wood and plumbing pipes) with restaurant-worthy equipment.

“Our last house had formal living and dining rooms, but we don’t live like that,” says Fritz Taylor. “This time, we wanted a space that reflects the way we cook and entertain.” He and his wife, Rianne Buis, created the design that won F&W’s kitchen contest. The couple spent nine months tearing down walls to create the 1,500-square-foot open kitchen in their Decatur, Georgia, home. The room has a DIY feel: The island is made from plumbing pipes and wood salvaged during demolition, and all the cookware is in stacks underneath, so the couple’s 13-year-old daughter (who loves to bake) can find things easily. But what makes the space stand out is the juxtaposition of thrifty materials and pro-grade equipment, including an eight-burner BlueStar stove and a pair of ovens that provide more cooking space than many restaurants have. Buis puts all this firepower to work; she writes a weekly recipe column for a Dutch newspaper and teaches classes at home. “Everyone tried to talk me out of such a big kitchen, but I think it’s perfect,” she says.

Kitchen Details

Custom Hood
The 65-inch-wide hood was built by Vent-A-Hood and extends nearly 20 feet up, through the double-height ceilings, to vent to the outside.

With two 36-inch French-door ovens from BlueStar, “I can bake 30 loaves of bread at once. They’re gigantic,” says Buis. $3,897 each;

Made from steel plumbing pipes and heart pine salvaged from the house during demolition, the island provides open storage for cookware.

Buis loves Asian cooking, so the gas cooktop includes high-powered burners with enough heat for a wok. $6,408;

Work Station
A utility sink, purchased at a restaurant liquidation sale, and a butcher-block table create a secondary prep area.

Related Links: F&W's Kitchen Design Guide
TV Chefs' Best Kitchen Secrets
Home Design Gifts

Kitchen Design

Design Innovations from an Eco-House with Hotel Style

Green Living: Kitchen Details

© Matthew Millman

We didn’t want the kitchen to look like a kitchen. So, instead of getting a huge range, we went for a low-profile cooktop, which doubles as counter space. We also hid all of the appliances and the pantry, so you can’t see them from the other rooms. And we elevated the kitchen six inches above the rest of the floor to create a commanding view of the entire space.”

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