This Kitchen by Studio Dearborn Has the Sneaky Storage Space of Your Dreams

This Kitchen by Studio Dearborn Has the Sneaky Storage Space of Your Dreams


– I always consider these
like the mystery walls. When company comes, and they’re
like, “where’s the fridge?” (laughing) (bright upbeat music) – I’m Carisha Swanson, I’m here to show you
this incredible kitchen. – I’m Sarah Robertson of Studio Dearborn. I run my own kitchen design business. I started Studio Dearborn 10 years ago. I was a real estate
developer, building homes and I had a friend that asked
me to do a kitchen for her. And after that, another friend asked, and after that another friend. And then I printed out business cards and here I am, 10 years later.
– That’s amazing. – The kitchen was probably from the 1950s. It was really small, and she has three small boys and she did not have the
space she needed really to prepare meals. It was just a cramped, tight, dated space. – With all that, it’s time to actually
get into the nitty gritty of this kitchen. – We had talked about this
full wall of cabinetry. And that’s this wall here which functions as storage
as well as refrigeration. – Right. – So this is our breakfast center. If you lift up, you’ve got
cereals and so on in there. – Oh, nice. So really easy. – Right, so it’s kinda grab and go, so everything’s in there, and then down below actually,
we have a nice bin for snacks. – [Carisha] So this is
after school time too then. – [Sarah] Yes.
– [Carisha] It works, right? – [Sarah] Right, so we
have the pantry in here. And so this is where
all the main foods are. And a few more snacks
and stuff down below. – We still all go gaga over soft close, but we think especially
with three young boys, you gotta have the soft close.
– You gotta have it. Yes, exactly, on every single pull out. I always consider these
like the mystery walls. When company comes, and they’re
like, “where’s the fridge?” (laughing) Hey, that’s huge.
– Which is hidden behind the panel. Yeah, big enough for those growing boys to accommodate all that food. – [Sarah] They’re all perfectly
balanced so that the pantry, same size as the refrigerator. – I’d noticed here that you
left this opening at the top and this is really for decoration, I see cookbooks up there. – We just wanted to give
it a little bit more of an open airy feel. It felt like this space could feel heavy, and also have a place for
her to put some collectibles. Now we’re moving over into
the main cooking area. So the homeowner really wanted this 60 inch range two ovens, who
wouldn’t love this, right? – [Carisha] This is humongous. – [Sarah] Yeah, so, it’s fabulous, she has the griddle, she has the grill. – And then one of the things I notice here is you don’t have the
custom hood coming down So you hid the hood a little bit. – Right. In this case, we always have to think about how the homeowner’s cooking and how much ventilation they need. I prefer when we’re putting
a range in front of windows to just have that view, instead of having the hood hanging down. And it just, it opens up the space. – Right behind us, we
have a little mini sink. And then a few odds and
ends happening here. – Yeah, so this becomes the prep area. I always like to think first
of all in terms of prep, I like to always have
knives and cutting boards. So we have the knives in this drawer.
– Love an organized knife drawer, yep. – You don’t need a huge drawer for knives, because they stack in
such an organized fashion. And then we have cutting boards in here. So super easy to just
grab, lay it out here and do your chopping.
– Really do your thing, yeah. – And the refrigerator’s right there for you to bring your ingredients over. We have the wooden
cutting boards over here. So this is the wooden collection, because we wanted to
keep everything balanced, and symmetrical, so we
had two storage spaces, so it allows them to keep
them compartmentalized. – I want to know what’s happening here. This is the fanciest
little paper towel holder. – [Sarah] This is like
my favorite thing ever. So paper towel drawer. So the paper towel obviously
super easy to grab right here. But also then we’ve got
the wraps and so on behind. – [Carisha] That’s great. – This becomes a cleanup station. – Right, and, again, you’re
really taking full advantage of how much space you have
inside of this massive island. – Right.
– Yeah. And the full surround is
done in, what is this, a natural stone? – Yes, this is a natural marble. And even though there
are options out there in terms of porcelains and so on, we just wanted to stick
with a natural stone. – Yeah. – It will age, and that’s
part of its beauty. It was perfectly fine with the client, and so, she doesn’t chop on it, but certainly she’s prepping on it. And it may stain, it may etch, I mean people need to
know that about marble. It has that natural beauty. – I feel like that’s how people are, when they want natural marble, when they want stone,
that’s what they want, and they don’t wanna compromise. – Right.
– So this looks like we’re down now to cleaning zone. – So we had a couple of extra
inches in this layout here. And I really wanted to
give her the functionality of having an extra cutting board. On this side, we have a drying rack, so you basically just pull it out and can set it right on top of the sink. – That’s fantastic, right. – And this is just for drying dishes – [Carisha] And what wood is this? – It’s a character oak,
and we use that throughout, and we actually brought it
up in the ceiling as well. We decided that we wanted to
bring in a little bit more and make the ceiling special. – It feels really warm and
cozy because you’ve done that, even though, again, it’s a bigger space. – Right. – [Carisha] You also have
obviously done a different finish on the cabinets around here. Is that something you typically do, is mix it up a little bit? – Yeah, I love to mix it up, ’cause I feel like otherwise
a space can be overpowered with one finish, so we picked
a really nice natural tone for the cabinets, but not a white. And to keep it feeling warmer, and we knew that all of
the oak is gonna be light. So we felt like we could
bring in a little bit of depth of color without it getting too dark. – You’ve also got really effective ways of using light in here. Where you’ve got your open cabinetry here, it looks like LED strips have been put in. – Yes, so you have the
three types of lighting, you’ve got the ambient
lighting in the ceiling. You have the fixture, the
pendant, this gorgeous pendant over the island.
– [Carisha] It’s gorgeous. Looks like a milk glass, it’s so pretty. – [Sarah] And then we
have the LED lighting that we added underneath the shelves. – It would not be me if I didn’t ask about this one little
additional area over here that looks like the bar area. – Yes, we have to do that. The bar was fun, ’cause we knew that we wanted
to do something special at the bar, and when we
decided on the chevron for the refrigerator,
we’re like oh, perfect, we’re gonna bring it over here as well. And fortunately, we were
able to panel everything to carry that look through. – So what do we have hiding here? – [Sarah] So we have
refrigerator drawers here. – [Carisha] Oh, great. – [Sarah] For all kinds of beverages. – And then I hear a lot
happening under here. – Yeah, it’s gurgling isn’t it? It’s growling at us. – [Carisha] Oh, yeah, and it’s making ice. – [Sarah] There it is, making ice. – On demand. And then, great, all their
glassware, it’s here, which makes it super convenient to make your own cocktail and go. (vibrant upbeat music) This is truly an incredible kitchen, and I could not be more grateful for you giving us the time today. – Oh, thank you so much for coming out. – Thank you.
– This was so much fun. – Great.

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