Harmony in a Zen Kitchen
Designer Jessica Kalina used hues of blue, slabs of granite and a surprising bargain item to turn an oversized space into a warm, harmonious kitchen.
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"If the point of your kitchen is to have something to show off, but not as much a place for everyday cooking, go for that granite and then pull back a bit on, say, the appliances. You can still buy stainless steel but at a lower price point, not the professional quality. And keep in mind, it's a personal decision. There are some things you find that you value so much you can't even put a dollar amount on them."
Meet the Designer
"I like to help people understand that only by taking some risks do you get to express yourself," says Jessica Kalina, a designer for more than nine years who holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in Interior Design from Chicago's International Academy of Design and Technology. She is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association and also teaches seminars for people getting ready to embark on a kitchen or bath remodel. Recent projects include several high-rise condominiums in Chicago and more than 50 high-profile showroom displays in the greater Chicago area.