So many genius storage solutions in this year's dream space.
Our Kitchen of the Year is up for any cooking challenge — built to take on weekday dinners and invite-the-whole-block feasts alike. "The kitchen holds up to the demands of the eight-bedroom house it serves," says designer Jon de la Cruz of . "It's intimate enough to host dinners for one or four people, yet spacious enough to have extended families cook together at Thanksgiving."
The color scheme that runs throughout, beginning with the Versailles-inspired black and white tile, nods to the San Francisco home's history: "The intent was for a classic black and white kitchen, like sea salt and black pepper. I chose Cornforth White and Off Black from for the walls, which gives the timeless combination a slight patina that fit the 100-year-old house," says de La Cruz. Look closely and you'll see the tiles are set off-center, which makes the room feel more casual.
The focal point of the grand space is the center island: It's topped with quartz (a heat-, scratch- and stain-resistant go-to for kitchens), so the entire surface serves as a prep space. Within the island sits dual sinks beneath faucets, including one that offers filtered water straight from the spout.
When a space has tall ceilings, you need a little drama up high, too. Partnering with an artisan, de la Cruz designed the custom rack for maximum convenience — each pot is hung with its lid, so no need to dig through cabinets for its mates. Polished nickel globe bulbs by intermingle for additional lighting, a must over an active prep space.
The massive stainless steel is a game-changer, de la Cruz says. The appliance features six burners, a nonstick dual-zone griddle, a 36-inch oven and warming drawer alongside a steam and convection oven that quickly reheats food. "I rely on my microwave a lot, so having this alternative gives healthy cooking the center stage it deserves," he adds.
The mix of metal hardware and handles on this cabinetry are some of de la Cruz's favorite elements of the island. The customize-able blends right into the space while boasting the fastest hot wash cycle on the market.
The each feature totally intuitive TFT control panels and temperature-controlled ThermaFresh drawers which independently control the temperature to keep food fresher, longer. Even better: the Open Door Assist system, which allows cooks to press or pull on the door for it to pop open, paired with soft close produce bins for a little touch of luxury.
With three modes — "refrigeration" (to preserve fresh produce), "pantry" (to store things at a slightly warmer temperature) or "bar" (designed specifically for beverages), there's a setting on the to suit every need.
The new has three zones, so you can customize your storage more closely by varietal, not just color. And since it can store up to 98 bottles, you won't have to run out before your next dinner party.
The goal was to create a fresh, classic kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances that felt new to the historic house, but not alien or too futuristic, says de la Cruz. And the with a pull-out warming drawer and a microwave hits the mark.
"Every square inch of the kitchen's T-shaped footprint had to be considered and utilized," says de la Cruz. Shelving by serves as a transparent pantry while the glass jars allow families to see what they have, use it and buy less, reducing waste while resulting in savings, according to the company.
Throughout the kitchen, there are a number of thoughtfully-designed hiding places for counter-hogging appliances. An "appliance garage" offers a clever solution to a typical countertop display, without having to lug something from storage or hunt for an outlet.
The hydraulic mixer lift takes the muscle-straining work out of raising heavy tools from their drawers to the counter. With a push, it descends back into its storage spot when it's no longer needed.
's HomeKit Eco-System can control everything from temperature to your party playlist. It works well with nearly any touch-screen gadget and can be connected to your smart TV remote.
"Because the kitchen is the new American living room, I wanted to make sure we included a comfortable all-purpose lounging spot where the family could eat, work on their laptops, and even nap," de la Cruz says. He chose an antique-looking, Italian-inspired table by with seating for 10, paired with a banquette and stools by .