Functional Kitchen Design

Useful Design

Earlier this month, we shared a look into our finished kitchen renovation. But today we want to share how we decided on the design for our kitchen.

We designed the entire home around our kitchen because it truly is the heart of our home. Our kitchen is in the literal center of the house; it opens up into the great room to the south, dining room on to the east, and is the main gathering point in our home. With our kitchen as the focal point, open concept was the only option for us.

As food bloggers, we are constantly creating and testing new recipes. We wanted a kitchen that would have the ability to handle the high volume of cooking and baking we do, while still having enough space for guests. Everyone always gathers in our kitchen and we wanted there to be enough room for everyone to be comfortable.

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We chose a white kitchen because we like a clean and classic aesthetic. It is also a great background for our photography and videos.

As we designed our kitchen, it was important for us to think about the flow and how to optimize our space. We carefully thought about where each and every appliance should go. We have two large islands that are 10 feet long and about 4 feet wide. We love having all of the countertop space!

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Our first island is home to a sleek and beautiful integrated butcher block. We like the detail the wood block adds to the kitchen and we also like having an extra space for chopping, cutting, dicing, and slicing. We keep our KitchenAid® 11pc Professional Series Cutlery Set close by so we are ready to go for all of our favorite recipes.

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In the center of the first island, there is a large farmhouse sink surrounded by two paneled KitchenAid® Dishwashers. When one is full, we load the next one. We love how quiet the Dishwashers are and the dishes come out sparkling every time.

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Our second island is “appliance row!” This is where all the fun happens. Starting with the KitchenAid® Ice Maker, which holds 25 pounds of ice. We have a small farmhouse sink next to the Ice Maker so it is easy to get a cold glass of water. We also use this sink for prep work and hand washing.

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We chose KitchenAid appliances for many reasons such as quality, ease of use, and style. But, we also chose them because they truly make our kitchen into a gourmet one – like these KitchenAid® Refrigerator/Freezer Drawers. They are paneled, so no one even knows they are there, and we love the extra storage space they provide. On this island, we have counter stools for our guests to sit and relax while we cook them dinner. We also use this seating for casual family dining.

Next to our Refrigerator/Freezer Drawers is our KitchenAid® Built-In Microwave which we use on a daily basis. We like the sleek look of having it in the island.

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In the middle of our kitchen we have a baking station where we keep flour, sugar, oats, and our KitchenAid® Stand Mixer.

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On one side of the baking station, we have our KitchenAid® Double Wall Oven and Warming Drawer. We love having two ovens, especially during the holiday season when we are baking and entertaining almost every day. The Warming Drawer is nice for proofing dough, slow cooking, and warming plates.

On the opposite side of the baking station, we have our KitchenAid® Built-In French Door Refrigerator. We love the French doors because it makes it easy to store platters and trays for entertaining.

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On the north wall of the kitchen, we have a KitchenAid® Gas Rangetop with an integrated griddle which is great for making pancakes or just grilling up a sandwich or quesadilla quickly for our boys. Above our rangetop is a KitchenAid® Custom Hood Liner, which is perfect for controlling those cooking fumes.

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Just to the right of the Rangetop, we have a KitchenAid® Built-In Bottom Mount Refrigerator. A lot of people keep an extra Refrigerator in the garage or basement, but we designed our kitchen to house two Refrigerators so we wouldn’t have to go far to get to our second Refrigerator. The extra space is nice and we love that the Refrigerator blends into our cabinetry.

We are beyond happy with our KitchenAid kitchen; it’s our happy place and we love that we can share the finished product with you!

*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*


This 30 Double Wall Oven with Even-Heat™ True Convection provides consistent heating and even cooking. A unique bow-tie shaped design and convection fan helps ensure there are no burnt edges or undercooked centers. The Temperature Probe delivers accurate measurement of internal temperatures of meats, poultry, and casseroles without opening the oven. Bold design details are the perfect balance of elegance and functionality. Learn more

KitchenAid® 30″ Double Wall Oven with Even-Heat™ True Convection

This 48-inch rangetop offers commercial styling and restaurant-quality performance. The six-burner cooking surface includes two Ultra Power™ Dual-Flame Burners that can reach a maximum output of 20,000 BTUs. The Even-Heat™ Chrome Electric Griddle provides even heating that expands the versatility of this cooktop for preparing a variety of foods. Learn more

KitchenAid® 48″ 6 Burner with Griddle, Gas Rangetop, Commercial-Style

Match any style with this stunning Panel Ready Refrigerator with Freezer Drawer. It can be customized to the surrounding cabinets with custom panels and handles. Its large capacity gives it ample space for wine and other entertaining needs. Inside the Freezer Drawer is an Automatic Ice Maker to ensure a consistent supply of ice. The unit also features LED interior lighting. Learn more

24″ Panel Ready Refrigerator/Freezer Drawer

This built-in panel ready bottom mount refrigerator with the Preserva® Food Care System features three technologies that work in concert to assure crisp produce and deliciously flavorful foods while helping to eliminate refrigerator odors. The SatinGlide® System with Soft-Close assures smooth operation of shelves, crisper, and baskets. Bright LED lighting makes everything easy to find in this right-swing door refrigerator. Learn more

KitchenAid® 36″ Width Built-In Panel Ready Bottom Mount Refrigerator

This high power, 1000 watt microwave can quickly and thoroughly cook all your favorite foods. The 1.4 cu. Ft. provides a full family-sized cooking capacity while the satin cross-hatched handles, and stainless steel cavity are the perfect complement to your oven. Trim kits are included that allow you to install this microwave into a 27- or 30-inch cutout to pair with your wall oven or range. Learn more

KitchenAid® 24″ Built In Microwave Oven with 1000 Watt Cooking

This top control dishwasher comes with breakthrough Ultra-Fine Filtration. It continuously cleans the wash water for superior performance, even with the heaviest loads. It features a ProScrub™ Option that uses 40 targeted spray jets to make quick work of stubborn messes. Its Advanced ProDry™ option delivers the best drying performance by circulating the air from a heating element. Learn more

KitchenAid® 44 dBA Dishwasher with Clean Water Wash System

KitchenAid® 36" Built In French Door Refrigerator
Outside, this built-in stainless steel French door refrigerator will seamlessly integrate with your cabinetry. Inside, the Preserva® Food Care System features three technologies that work in concert to assure crisp produce and deliciously flavorful foods while helping to eliminate refrigerator odors and the beautiful glossy silver Platinum Interior Design sets off the metallic accents of the shelves, crisper and baskets. Learn More

KitchenAid® 36″ Built In French Door Refrigerator

KitchenAid® 11pc Professional Series Cutlery Set
Forged and designed from German steel with a block masterfully assembled in the United States, it’s the only Professional Series Cutlery Set that offers this kind of KitchenAid style and dependability. Expertly crafted to be enduring, and ultra sharp — this cutlery collection has serious chops. So this cutlery makes chopping, peeling, fileting, slicing, cutting and sharpening an easy and enjoyable experience. Plus, it comes in a choice of uniquely painted die cast blocks, giving it a bold, contemporary look like no other in the world. Learn More

KitchenAid® 11pc Professional Series Cutlery Set

KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series 7-Qt Bowl Lift Stand Mixer
KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series 7-Qt Bowl Lift Stand Mixer with 1.3 HP Motor. Motor horsepower for our mixer motors was measured using a dynamometer, a machine laboratories routinely use to measure the mechanical power of motors. Our 1.3 horsepower (HP) motor reference reflects the horsepower rating of the motor itself and not the mixer’s horsepower output to the mixer bowl. This robust motor, the backbone of our new mixer, delivers .44 HP to the bowl enabling your mixer to deliver consistent power to small and large loads with less heat build-up; resulting in years of dependable mixing. When combined with and guided by our new advanced motor control board, this is our longest lasting and most efficient motor yet. Simply put, our new, highly efficient, special purpose motor delivers the power you need when you need it. Learn More

KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series 7-Qt Bowl Lift Stand Mixer

Ideal for roasts and poultry, the industry-first slow cook function gives this warming drawer even more versatility—and you, even more counter space. And, the custom control technology allows you to warm plates, reheat food and more.

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KitchenAid® Slow Cook Warming Drawer

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