Ann Cooper’s sobriquet might include the words “Lunch Lady,” but rest assured, if she invites you over for dinner, you will not be served a mushy, microwaved meal (aka, the all-encompassing school-cafeteria term: “hot lunch”). Ann's ideal kitchen, designed by Paul Anater, has the tools to cook delish dishes, and the space and style to entertain friends for dinner parties. Paul shared some of his kitchen design ideas for creating Ann’s dream kitchen.
- Ann wanted her ideal kitchen and home set in the Colorado Rockies. This helped guide Paul's design vision. “This fantasy kitchen…would need to have an outdoor component as well as a more typical indoor set up,” said Paul. “Due to its location in the Rockies, I see this home being rustic but not primitive, hence the stone, the timber beams and the large proportions. To counteract a slide into primitivism, I selected a painted inset cabinet style.”
- “To keep things clean and streamlined, there are no wall cabinets in this kitchen. Rather, there are stainless steel shelves. As a chef, Ann's kitchen will be used often enough that open shelves would work for her. The primary work zone is built around a Jenn-Air 48-inch professional range,” said Paul. “To keep things contemporary and interesting, I paired a Brizo Venuto faucet with a Shaw's Original apron-front sink for the the primary sink. The counters are a combination of stainless steel and Carrara marble.”
- Ann wanted her indoor kitchen to easily transition to an outdoor kitchen and entertaining space. So Paul also designed a patio space with all the fixins’ for making outdoor fixins’. “There's a wood-fired oven, a gas and charcoal hybrid grill, a side burner and stainless steel cabinetry,” said Paul of the outdoor kitchen.