Open House: A Design for Entertaining
A home for hosting
Here's what designer Denise Fogarty (pictured, with husband Andy) recommends for a guest-friendly kitchen.
Carve out an area for congregating "Everyone wants to be in the kitchen," Denise says. To keep guests out of the main work zone, set up a conversation area away from prep spaces. In Denise's kitchen, an L-shape island by the family room provides a place to converse out of the cook's way.
Serve food and beverages creatively "I fill the sink on the wood-topped island with ice and use it for drinks and wine," Denise says. The rest of the island becomes a convenient appetizer or dessert buffet.
Consider traffic patterns Originally, the kitchen range was positioned on the center island. Denise moved it to the perimeter to free up a main walkway.
Make it easy for others to help themselves Leaded-glass inserts on cabinets mean guests can easily find dishes and glassware. The see-through design also visually opens up the room.