A Home Kitchen Designed for Restaurant Owners
Full of Personality: This kitchen has everything the owners need, all the style they could want, and nothing more.
Homeowners Eric Foster and Daniela Bell are also restaurant owners, which means they work hard. When they’re not working, they spend a lot of time at home with their daughter, Thalia, and a variety of animals. Eric enjoys baking, Daniela cooks the meals, and Thalia is a budding artist. The family regularly hosts fund-raisers in their 1870s Minnesota home, which is located in a historic district. Unfortunately, the house had, at various times, been divided into apartments. When Eric and Daniela bought the home, its overall condition was funky at best. The kitchen had been remodeled using cheap oak cabinetry and had absolutely no style. Worse, the layout didn’t take advantage of the three windows that offer both light and views.
Referred to me by Flannery Construction, with whom I’ve collaborated on numerous projects, Eric and Daniela turned out to be ideal clients, lending their trust to me as the designer and imposing very few restraints. Daniela’s only directions were that she didn’t want a white cookie-cutter kitchen, and she wanted to honor the age of the house.
Beyond the historic charm of the home, I saw a family with a lot of personality who would use the kitchen in very specific ways. My main goal with every kitchen design is to ensure that it functions exactly how the clients will use it. And I realized that for Eric and Daniela, I could redesign the kitchen within the existing footprint and be creative with the details while still honoring the home’s traditional style.
Making art in a bonus space
The new floor plan is designed to take advantage of the large windows on the west side of the kitchen. Previously, both the sink and stove faced the interior walls, leaving the cook’s back to…