Design by Ann Porter
Kris Crawford is devoted to raising awareness about the dangers and social ramifications of dog fighting. She also works with and trains pit bulls. Her organization, For Pits' Sake, and its programs, including Knock Out Dog Fighting, are based in San Jose, Calif.
Ann Porter is a certified kitchen and bath designer working out of Naples, Fla., at the design firm Kitchen Studio of Naples. She also has a design blog, KitchAnn Style, where she frequently writes about design trends and new products.
Kitchen Sketch and Products of Note
Her three pit bulls have pride of place in Kris Crawford's heart, so it made sense to give them pride of place in her kitchen as well. Designer Ann Porter incorporated a tiled drinking fountain for the dogs into the kitchen island, while the appliance wall includes not just two ovens and a built-in microwave, but also a closed-circuit television so Kris could watch her "girls" in the yard. The cabinets to the right of the appliance wall feature pull-out bins for dog food and recycling, plus dishwasher drawers and a prep sink for dog bowls and toys. Find out more about some of the products chosen for Kris's kitchen below.
Jenn-Air Double Drawer Dishwasher
This Energy-Star-qualified dishwasher holds 14 place settings, offers six wash cycles and has five options, including SuperScrub and sanitize. The drawers can be run separately or together. An integrated control console and the option to accept panels allow it to blend into the cabinetry.
CaesarStone Quartz Countertop
Made from 93 percent crushed quartz and 7 percent polymer resins and pigments, engineered quartz surfaces are nonporous as well as scratch-, stain- and heat-resistant. CaesarStone offers a lifetime warranty on its counters, which are available in more than 30 colors and in polished, honed and embossed finishes. Shown in Champagne Limestone.
Jenn-Air 36-Inch Gas Cooktop
This cooktop has an easy-to-clean glass ceramic surface and five sealed burners, two of which are 650 Btu simmer burners and one that is a high-output 17,000 Btu burner. Electronic ignition and flame-sensing reignition improve user safety, and porcelain-on-cast-iron continuous grates make sliding pots and pans around easy to do.
Kohler 8 Degree Entertainment Sink
Made from 16-gauge stainless steel, this square, single-basin entertainment sink includes both a wine glass drying rack and a bottom basin rack. With a length and width of 18 inches and a depth of 9.5 inches, this spacious sink has front and back walls that slope outward from top to bottom, creating yet more room at the bottom.