Sunday, December 7, 2008

Homemaker Monday: To Design a Kitchen: Part Six

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YOURS: Today's "YOURS" goes to Mama Rika at CompleteLee Blogger. Normally, I find that I gravitate towards posts with pictures, but this recipe sounded so good and so...me...that it spoke to me and I had give out some linky love. Mama Rike teaches us how to make whole wheat blueberry muffins, a perfect addition to a Christmas breakfast. For Mama Rika's entire post, click HERE. Thank you, Mama Rika, for your inspiration and please feel free to grab the "I Was Featured" button on my left sidebar! By the way, I plan on making these this week, so if you'd like to come on down to Mexico, Mama Rika, there will be some waiting!

MINE:
Work Centers - The office/drink center: My goal in this part of the kitchen was to have two computer work stations and a drink service area for guests...



Here's how we did it...

The computer work stations: Because we currently have five kids in school, we decided to design this area with two computer work stations in mind. It was important that we have the computers connected to the internet, but we didn't want the kids to have access to the internet in their bedrooms, but in a high traffic area of the house. I can't think of a higher traffic area than the kitchen, can you? I have to admit that I'm not completely happy with the way this looks at the present time. When I designed it...



...I kind of forgot that there would need to be space for a printer. I designed space in the cabinets for the computers, even making sure the carpenter carved out little slots for air circulation...,


...but I did not design enough space in the cabinets for the printer. So, there it sits on the granite countertop, taking up space. As you can see from the uncluttered drawing, I also did not plan out a space for the phones (Mexican and American), the modem, the router and all of those hideous cords! I have tried to bundle them and ziptie them as best as I could, but they are still visible. Any ideas on how to get this place looking less cluttered? I'm all ears!

Now, onto the guest drink center. The lower portion includes a small fridge for special guest drinks...


These drinks might include bottled juice, Perrier water, rootbeer, Sprite, or canned Mexican fruit nectar. These drinks are strictly off limits to the kids unless we are having a movie night or other special occasion. Otherwise, my guest drink stock would be depleted in, literally, two days, and the kids wouldn't have an appetite for dinner because of drinking cans and cans of sugary soda. Basically they are allowed milk and water when at home. Yeah, not too fun, but hey, I'm trying to do what's right!

Anyway, alongside the mini-fridge we have an ice maker we purchased on sale at Sam's...


If you can believe it, I have a dear friend who also has nine kids and she encouraged me to add this to the design of our kitchen. She was so right. The ice maker in our fridge does not produce even a fraction of the ice we need when we have our extended family Sunday dinners. I'm so glad I listened to her!

The upper portion of the drink center stores fun mugs and glasses for guests to choose from. I said "fun" mugs and glasses. That's what Mormons say. We say things are "fun", even if they are inanimate objects. It's kind of annoying, but...it's what we do. Anywho...all of these "fun" mugs and glasses were given to me by my loved ones and they are special...and fun...


While going to miriad home improvement stores looking for kitchen design ideas, I was always drawn to the designs which included wine racks. Even though Mormons don't drink, I knew I needed to have one. We added it in, but if you're Mormon, you fill it with San Peligrino's and thrift store wine bottles...


See? I can still be a good Mormon and have a wine rack.

And...the crowning achievement of this work center? The water fountain...


This was one of the most brilliant ideas my husband has ever given word to. It cuts down on the glasses that go into the dishwasher and the kids friends never have to ask where the cups are. They just go to the fountains. Without fail, for some reason, it is always the last thing they do before they parents drag them out the door. Really, I have no idea why, but they do. I guess it's just in case they get thirsty on the 120 second drive home.

So there you have it! The sixth and final series on designing a kitchen. Thanks for looking!

OURS:
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10 comments:

Melinda said...

WOW! I like your ideas. We have a second fridge and I keep special drinks in that too. Your ice maker is so cool..good idea. But the thing I like the best is the drinking fountain...great idea! I am so happy for you have such an awesome kitchen.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Awesome design, great icemaker and I'd still do anything for your kitchen - LOL even without the space for the printer! Your kitchen must truly be a blessing with all the kids.

Sandy said...

If my husband and I ever get to build a house, I'm going to come back here and revisit that drink station. Nice work!

Suzanne said...

My laptop is in the kitchen, too and I didn't have anywhere for a printer. I ended up getting a wireless printer from ebay and hooked it up in the office. It works great.

I need your mailing address for christmas cards.
love to you!

Mom2my9 said...

That is an awesome idea, Suzanne! Put the printer in another room and network it! I think you just changed my life!

Joan said...

Your kitchen is just wonderful. So much time and thought put into the littlest details. And the water fountain - who would have thought! I've just loved seeing all the photos and hearing your ideas about kitchens. I hope to do some major redecorating in 2009, including a major renovation of my kitchen.

Julie said...

You really thought of everything! I look forward to this parade every week. Wish I had something to share each week, but I glean a lot of info from you, Jen and everyone else who links up here. Thanks for sharing it all!

Barb J. said...

I know I shouldn't covet, but your kitchen sure does make it hard!

Jennifer said...

Love ur kitchen-wish i had it even without room for the printer! lol

~LL~ said...

Sorry it took me so long to get over here :D Crazy times.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the water fountain. sheer genious!!!

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