4 design ideas for a practical yet stylish kitchen

Design ideas for the heart of your home, including a butler's pantry, a safety step, concealed appliances and more.

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Design ideas for the heart of your home, including a butler’s pantry, a safety step, concealed appliances and more.

The kitchen is both the heart and the engine room of the home. A major selling point of any house, this is where the magic happens – not only is the kitchen a functional area for food preparation, it’s also the place where the family congregates and entertaining begins.

With the right design ideas, you can marry function and form to create a kitchen that serves to entertain while also allowing for a seamless cooking experience. The key is to balance quality materials with practical purpose-driven design features – and, of course, an elegant swathe of ‘just because’ design flourishes throughout.

1. Butler’s pantry

a kitchen with a sink and a window: Looking through the butler's pantry to the kitchen with overhead cupboards finished in bespoke antique glass from Glass Artistry. Calacatta marble from Granite & Marble Works. Hansgrohe sink mixer from Candana. Vase from Ruth Levine. Flowers from Mandalay Flowers.

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Looking through the butler’s pantry to the kitchen with overhead cupboards finished

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Palm Springs CA midcentury home of Trini Lopez for sale

The iconic, longtime Palm Springs home of internationally known recording artist Trini Lopez heads to a no-reserve online auction beginning April 11 with bids opening at $1 million.

Lopez had owned the four-bedroom, five-bath home since 1968. Lopez died in August 2020 of complications related to COVID-19 at the age of 83.

Built in 1961, the “well-known celebrity home retains many original features including a stamped-brick façade, exposed beams, tongue and groove ceilings, Masonite and patterned cinderblock walls, original mirrored walls, built-in buffet, Hawaiian blanket breeze blocks, and (the original) pool and spa,” according to the Heritage Auctions website.

The estate — spanning 2,521 square feet — includes a casita with kitchenette. Lopez used the casita as his personal office and music studio. Sitting higher than neighboring homes on .28 acres, the property features unobstructed and soaring views of the San Jacinto Mountains in a private setting. The midcentury

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Not Just for Kids? The Latest, Happiest Design Trend

Who doesn’t need a mental boost in the home after the dumpster fire that was 2020? To help make this year lighter and brighter, consider a healthy dose of kindercore.

This childlike design aesthetic is trending big-time for good reason: Its signature bright, primary colors plant us squarely in a much happier place.

“I literally have a client right now who is fully embracing this design look in his home, and I also did a show house in this concept several years ago,” reports Ana Cummings of ANA Interiors.

But is this look really for adults—or just for kids?

“Frankly, it’s Fisher-Price for the adult market,” says Beverly Solomon of the eponymous design firm. While living among Lego- and Duplo-inspired hues isn’t for everyone, kindercore may be exactly your cup of tea if you’re game enough to try big splashes of bold color.

Here’s more about kindercore, including its

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Ashley Tisdale Sells Her ‘Fabulous’ Los Feliz Home for $5.78M

The “High School Musical” star Ashley Tisdale gets an “A” in real estate. Her Los Angeles home in the primo neighborhood of Los Feliz has sold for $5.78 million.

The singer and actress has a passion for home design and placed the updated home on the market in January for $5,795,000. Her work paid off—the home sold extremely close to list price.

She and her husband, the musician Christopher French, purchased the property for $4.1 million, leaving them with a profit to sing about.

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