Betty's Multi-Purpose Kitchen

Betty's Multi-Purpose Kitchen

Jill Slater
Dec 15, 2011

Betty is an interior designer who works from home, and the mom of a tween. Her kitchen island plays host to design clients as easily as to many a play date!

Betty designed her kitchen to be compact and while open to the living room, to not dominate the space. The real focus is the stainless steel topped island which serves as a clean workspace, play space, and dining table. Below, the island houses two neighboring undercounter refrigerators — one for Betty and one for her daughter — as well as an undercounter freezer.

The cabinets are always perfectly organized, very easily accessible, and very well stocked. This system makes it easy for Betty's daughter to be very self-sufficient with friends or on her own.

Like the rest of the apartment, Betty's kitchen is designed with neutral colors and a lot of great textures, creating a great visual and tactile experience.

10 Questions for Betty (& Her Kitchen)

What inspires your kitchen and your cooking?
Lots of things, depends on the time of year and the cuisine!

What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
My disposal

What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
Crepes for my daughter's birthday. They were delish!

Biggest challenge in your kitchen?
Space! The electric stove.

Biggest indulgence or splurge in the kitchen?
The counter tops and the luxe dishwasher!

Is there anything you hope to add or improve in your kitchen?
Nope, I would move first.

How would you describe your cooking style?
Fun, savory, efficient, dishes that can be made all in one pot or pan when possible!

Best cooking advice or tip you ever received:
Keep it simple — use fresh ingredients and make what you love. Present the food well, and DIM THE LIGHTS!

What is your favorite cookbook?
Probably Barefoot Contessa and REAL SIMPLE. Both are great resources for easy and fun recipes to entertain or cook for family dinners.

What are you cooking this week?
Matzo ball soup today! And then fresh green beans with garlic and olive oil, sautéed mushrooms, crispy onions with a dollop of sour cream, stuffed Cornish hens, and a pizza (from scratch).


    • Custom cabinets with IKEA inserts • Pietra Cardosa countertop at sink • Stainless steel island • Pulls/hardware by Hafele • Franke sink • DaVinci plumbing • Stainless steel mini subway tile by Stone Source • Bar stool by Cherner in Walnut

To see the rest of Betty's live/work masterpiece, check out Betty's Custom Designed Live/Work Home on Apartment Therapy.

• Kitchen Tour Archive: Check out past kitchen tours here

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