Shortly after finishing the new kitchen, we saw a commercial for Martha Stewart. We were stunned to realize that we had unknowingly (I swear!) built Martha Stewart’s kitchen….except we have a better countertop. But in terms of “look and feel” Martha and ourselves are in agreement. This is either very good or very bad. After spending any amount of time in the kitchen, you will be forced to agree that we nailed it. Especially on a summer day, the doors open to the backyard, everyone hanging around the island without me having to yell, “GET OUT OF MY WAY! I’M COOKING.” You will soon forget you are in Manhattan. Let’s take a tour through the kitchen with David, shall we?
There are two main lighting fixtures in the kitchen. We got both of them at aplace in Soho with hundreds of different lights. You don’t buy any individual light, you point out the lights that you like and they make them from scratch for you. That way you can mix and match various styles. For instance, the lighting fixture in the store that matched the one over the island had three lights and we asked for two.
Appliances were a big deal. We cut corners on some items, but not on the appliances. Since David has more experience with high end appliances, he made a lot of the decisions here. The centerpiece (in my opinion) is the double convection oven. A convection oven has a fan in the back to circulate the hot air so that there are no cold spots in the oven – everything cooks evenly, cakes don’t rise in the center, and everything cooks faster. It’s kind of a miracle. And now we have two of them. Occassionally, I’ll be making a big dinner and think, “I’ll prebake the tart crust, then put in the chicken and when the chicken is done, I’ll put in the…wait. I have two ovens.”
When the kitchen was pretty much finished, I said to David, “I’m sorry that I bulldozed every decision into getting my perfect kitchen.” David replied with, “What do you mean? I got everything I wanted.” ACtually, the base design came from a kitchen place that we lived next door to when we had an apartment on the east side.