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March 21, 2013


Kitchen design conceals clutter


I chose bright white quartz countertops and a back-painted glass backsplash (and the half wall/pantry adjacent to it). This ups the glamour factor and helps reflect the light in the kitchen, rendering the small space visually larger.

Across from this functional wall, I created a wall that is all about beauty. I constructed an archway of wood, housing recessed lights, around horizontal panels of more back-painted glass. This stunning wall is highly reflective and adds a huge amount of depth to the little space.

In the middle of the kitchen, I installed a magnificent kitchen island with a solid glass countertop. This island can be used as an extra prep surface, a casual dining table or -- with the help of the integrated LEDs -- a funky, illuminated cocktail bar. Hidden in this island are storage and a dishwasher, in addition to an induction cooktop that sits flush with the countertop. Even the cooktop’s ventilation stays out of sight until needed.

By the time I was finished, this kitchen had everything: tons of storage, state-of-the-art appliances and plenty of modern conveniences. Everything was just hidden away behind cupboards, doors and drawers. Concealed, clean and pared down -- exactly what Doug and Keith wanted.

What was once a time warp from another decade is now a gem of modern function and beauty that flows perfectly with the rest of the house. Out of sight, in more ways than one!

Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTV’s “Candice Tells All.” For more ideas, information and show times, visit Or visit

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