As an interior decorator, one of the first questions I ask my clients at our initial meeting is how they will use a room or how do they want to live in it? Form follows function in design. So go ahead and keep a file or Pinterest board on beautiful rooms but remember that good planning is also key and essential to a successful remodel. If you’re moving a window in the kitchen, ask yourself if you want the view to be of the willow tree or of your children on the swing set so you can keep an eye on them when cooking. If your cabinet designer has a wine rack in the design mock-up and you never drink wine, insist that it be removed and replace the rack with another cabinet or the microwave. If you are remodeling your kitchen and you will actually be cooking in your kitchen, here’s just a suggestion where to keep your spices. (Please excuse the mess, I was actually cooking when I got the idea for this post and I did not stage this photo. Lucky you, dear readers. You are getting a peek at some real life over at MBZ Interiors!)
If you cook often as I do, I highly suggest having cabinets on both sides of the stove. See those double doors to the left of the kitchen? That’s the pantry where I used to store my spices before our remodel. It’s only about 6 feet away from the stove but what a difference to now have my spices literally at my fingertips!
My oils and sauces (worcestershire, soy, tabasco, etc.) are to the left on a turn-about rack, which my mom bought me when we first moved into this house …
My shakes (dried spices, salt and pepper) are to the right on a double turn-about rack.
You pour, you shake, then you taste ….. then pour and shake a little more and immediately put everything away. It’s like a dance between you and your spices without even moving your feet. There’s less clutter to clean up at the end of cooking.
So, although this is not the most riveting post, I think you’ll be thanking me later when you cook your first meal in your newly renovated kitchen. Happy Weekend, dear readers.