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Tip 1 Open shelving at the end of an island or a counter is a great and functional way to store and display kitchen knick-knacks and cookbooks.

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Kitchen Accomplished

Making your Kitchen the Star of the Show

Article by Rachel Bennett

Photography by Cy Gilbert Photography

Originally published in Meridian Lifestyle

There are three components to any functional and showstopping kitchen: lighting, counter space, and storage.

Light is can completely transform a space, making it appear more open. If you are able, use windows that go from floor to ceiling, or consider adding a sliding glass door to bring in as much natural light as possible. Your overhead lighting is just as important. Choose fixtures that add light, rather than taking away or dimming it. Consider pendant lights with completely clear glass instead of frosted or covered housings. Dark space under cabinets? Light it up with task lighting. 

Counter space is essential for any home chef. But if you don't have a lot, an island is a great solution. Not only do you get a custom amount of space, but it is also ideal for additional storage and seating.

Storage options are creative and custom. Your space can be built and created around your needs. Add some shelving on one end for cookbooks, outlets or anything you would like to store and showcase. 

Once you have these key focus areas worked out, you can dive into more specific areas—the hardware on your cabinets, your faucets, the seating options at your island or the focal points at the top of your cabinets. If you have a strong foundation, you can add smaller, more specific elements over time. 

Ready to take your kitchen, or any part of your home, to the next level? Contact Don Gerber at Gerber Construction Services at 208.484.4917, or @GerberCS.

This kitchen was designed by Candace Gibson at Davina Designs

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Fill Your Pantry with these Local Staples

Treasure Valley Bee Rescue Honey

It’s blended from 45 local apiaries. Consuming just one teaspoon of this honey per day can help with pollen allergies. Order from TreasureValleyBeeRescue.orgPrice: $15 per pint and $20 per quart

The Roost Mango and Pepper Jelly

Spoon over cream cheese and serve with crackers or use as a glaze or marinade for poultry and meat. Purchase at 664 S. Rivershore Lane, Suite 166, Eagle Price: $6.50

Persian Lime Olive Oil and Huckleberry Balsamic Vinegar

This naturally flavored extra virgin olive oil and fresh and fruity balsamic vinegar combination pairs beautifully. Purchase at Olive and Vyne, 600 S. Rivershore Lane #160, Eagle and Price: $18.75

Chivers BBQ Sauce

It's pronounced "shiver" and rhymes with river. Try Superb Original, Spicy Apple, Garlic and Wild Raspberry. Purchase at Albertsons, Winco, Riddleys, Rosauers and Pauls Market. Price: $5 for 10-ounce bottle

  • Tip 1 Open shelving at the end of an island or a counter is a great and functional way to store and display kitchen knick-knacks and cookbooks.