Column: There’s’ no place like (the kitchen) home for the holidays


The Christmas holiday season brings families and friends together like no other time of the year. Well, there’s serious competition from grilling season at the Sorrell condo. Kitchen counters become the backbone of gathering spaces as veggies are chopped, charcuterie trays created and wine bottles celebrated.

This modern kitchen, while not our installation, was brilliantly designed by Adam Gibson, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Deigner here in the Indiana Design Center (open to the public). The building is famous for strategic collaboration, such as what Adam achieved with Jack Laurie Gallerie for the rich flooring pictured. We are thrilled to work with each of them.

Waterfall edge

There’s something alluring about an island countertop wrapping vertically to the floor — referred to as a waterfall edge. In vogue for a decade and certainly for years to come, they are best employed when using magnificent natural stone or stylish engineered quartz. The matching grain continued on a 90-degree angle is stunning!


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Modern kitchens incorporate modern designs and features. (Submitted photo)

Removing walls to create your dream kitchen often generates storage issues. The advent of open floor plans has prompted creative storage solutions. Enter peg system drawers for storing plates and bowls along with lighted interiors so we don’t peer into dark recesses.

Speaking of lighting, let’s use toe kick lighting to show off the beautiful new floor from the Jack Laurie Gallery. Not only does it make the cabinets appear to float, it’s a safety feature and can be used as a nightlight. Don’t forget to light under wall cabinets, above soffits, and shelves, too.

Have a blessed holiday season and I’ll meet you in the kitchen!