Kitchen storage – Part 1

A place for everything…and everything has a space. That’s my motto when trying to figure out the most convenient spot for all my kitchen “stuff”.  Here are 3 things I need when organizing my kitchen.

1) I need to see my trays and cookie sheets.                                                                   

Vertical storage for trays, sheets, boards. Yeah!

 If you have a lot of sheets, cutting boards, trays, platters etc., purchase some wood or wire vertical dividers in a base cabinet or above an oven or refrigerator deep wall cabinet.

2) I need to see my utensils.
 Since drawer dividers are not too pricey, plan to put (1) in a 12-18 inch wide drawer, (2 or more) in a 24 to 36 inch wide drawer to make the spaces you need. You can also use these wood dividers for knife storage, as long as a protector mat of some kind is lining the bottom of the drawer for protection.

3) I need pots and pans easy to reach. Some people like the roll-out shelves in the deep base cabinet, and some like big pot drawers. The choice is yours because either option works. Make sure you get the full extension glides on the roll-outs and the actual wooden dowels on the pot drawers.

Check out these companies for fabulous storage cabinet options. Stay organized! It’s one of those small “peace of mind” pleasures of life…to be able to say, “I know where that is!!”

Wood Storage Solutions: drawer inserts, wood accessories 

Cabinet and drawer organization

Spice racks and cabinet design

Quartz is Getting Gorgeous


Beautiful quartz countertop…classic!

My opinion and reviews on quartz counters has certainly changed through the years. I always knew it was a durable surface, but now with all the resins that can be added because it’s engineered (that’s an advantage!) it’s downright gorgeous with so many colors and patterns available.

Quartz is scratch, stain and heat resistant. It is fairly consistent in the pattern and some honed (non-shine) finishes can now be found. I personally enjoy both Caesarstone and Cambria brands, both of which can be seen at Studio 76 Kitchens and Baths located in Twinsburg, Ohio.

The only disadvantage, as with any stone surface, is that you will need to get used to the idea that it is extremely hard, and dropped glasses or dishes will most likely break or chip. Quartz is also a colder surface, (temperature), which makes it nice to roll out pastries, but harder to lean on in those winter months. Overall,  I am liking quartz!! 

Top 4 Kitchen Sinks

“Cerana” sink by Blanco

Kitchen sinks can get me fired up. Watching people in their kitchens (and while in my own kitchen), the hours and hours spent at this basic fixture proves that it’s a pretty important decision when remodeling your kitchen. Here are  my top 4 picks for kitchen sinks.

  1. FIRECLAY – There are many sink manufacturers that are now producing high-quality fireclay sinks in various styles and sizes. Reasons you might like to research a fireclay sink is because they are heat resistant and durable and beautiful. Let’s just take one brand called Blanco. I have specified this line of kitchen sinks for the last 5 years because they keep improving. For example, their latest fireclay sink in the US is called Cerana, and made of natural material fired at an intense heat which makes it very resistant to discoloration, acid, heat and chips. I’m lovin that!
  2. STAINLESS – Sinks of high quality. Look for 18-gauge, which means there is more nickel in the material which makes it function well, look great, and “sound” better when banging pots and dishes around. Most of the stainless sinks that I specify are only one larger single bowl these days.  I’m enjoying Franke stainless sinks, with their large sinks at 16 or 18 gauge, and offering 10% nickel content, meaning it’s going to resist corrosion. By all means, if you have funky, weird water at your house… buy stainless. And remember there’s a reason that restaurants use stainless everywhere in their prep areas. (hint: extremely sanitary)
  3. ENAMEL CAST IRON – This is what I call a “lifetime sink.” I’ve seen many homes throughout the years with 30- and 40-year old cast iron sinks that were built to last. The enamel, glass-like surface is easy to clean, although abrasives are not recommended. Kohler has many great size options and the prices are reasonable for the high quality. Beautiful colors. Beautiful sink option.
  4. SOAPSTONE SINK – Soapstone is gorgeous. This natural stone sink is unaffected by acids contained in everyday foods like lemons, wine or vinegar. A soapstone sink is not likely to stain or scratch. It’s very dense, and using a simple mineral oil every few months can bring it “up” to its original lustre… but the matte look is nice too. The flecks of grays and greens and blacks are uniquely characteristic and add texture to the look of a newly remodeled kitchen. I enjoy the natural look so much!

Call me for your own personal “tour of kitchen sinks” in person or online.

-Deb Shababy