This Santa Barbara Kitchen Is Loaded With Clever Organizational Details
Where beauty meets function.
By Tori Mellott and Allie Johnson
October 12, 2021
When a client asked designer Taylor Bliss of Taylor Anne Interiors to transform a 1920s kitchen into a beautiful-yet- functional space for her young family, Bliss knew where to turn for help: Waterworks Kitchens. Her goal? To add a fresh, modern spin to the room while maintaining the integrity of the area’s famous Spanish-style architectural vernacular. The custom midnight-blue cabinetry is nothing short of perfection with mesh inlay on the uppers and clever organizational details like a pull-out spice rack, bread drawer and custom cutting board cabinet. The real showstopper, though, might just be the custom-colored Red Bank tile backsplash, the result of a close collaboration between the designer and the Waterworks team, which expertly matched the hue to her exact specifications.
For more on how Bliss designed this gorgeous kitchen, watch the video below for an exclusive tour.
We got the scoop from Bliss on her go-to picks for the most important room in the home.
Hidden or out-in-the-open appliances?
Mix of Both.
Colorful appliances or stainless steel?
Stainless, unless you LOVE color then go for it!!
Classic subway or patterned tiled backsplash? Patterned tile! I think we are all sick of white subway for the moment.
Waterfall or traditional edge countertop? Love both! But most of the time I choose to do a traditional edge countertop. It really depends on the style of the kitchen.
Apron sink or undermount?
Undermount unless the kitchen has a country feel.
Brass or nickel hardware?
I love both of these options. If you have a warmer color palette go with the brass, if the colors in the kitchen are cooler in feel go with nickel.
Open shelves or cabinets?
I prefer open shelves for the uppers and closed cabinetry for lowers.
All-white or colorful cabinetry?
Colorful cabintery unless the home is on the traditional side then I would keep it classic and use a variation of white.
Single or double sink?
Single. It looks cleaner and functions so much better, unless you have the space and your sink is extra long then do a double or even triple!
Eat-in kitchen or separate dining space?
Every kitchen should have some kind of eat in aspect like a breakfast banquette or seating at the island. For dinner or special occasions though I prefer a separate dining space.