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Why This Ancient Value is Actually 2016’s Hottest Kitchen Trend



“We should attempt to bring nature, houses, and the human being to a higher unity” – Mies van der Rohe, iconic modern architect.”

Last week, the Kitchen Cabinet Kings family attended the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas. While Vegas is known as “Sin City,” we were singularly focused on pure harmony.

At KBIS, our first stop was the new Outdoor Products Area, an entire pavilion dedicated to showcasing a stunning display of outdoor cabinetry, state of the art beverage and wine cools, and weatherproof appliances. Going beyond your average backyard grill, there was an artisanal pizza oven demonstration where we probably overstayed our welcome.

Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose masterpiece Fallingwater has been dubbed “the best all-time work of American architecture,” believed that structures should be designed to be in harmony with humanity and their surrounding environments. While most of us have to work within the confines of our walls and budgets, there’s no reason why we can’t be inspired by the concept of harmony and extend our living spaces to the great outdoors.

It may be freezing in New York now, but here’s some fun to look forward to when life thaws:


The Ancient Greeks believed that unity existed only in the variety of things; only things opposing in tension form a unity. Above, sleek lines and stainless steel appliances are the perfect foil to the organic landscape lush with trees and soft shapes. When styling your home, think similarly. Bring in elements of greenery to offset cold appliances and utilize your outdoor spaces for additional entertaining.


Ancient Chinese poets viewed harmony as a social ideal, depicting scenes of peaceful family settings enjoying food and wine together. Can’t you just see your kids, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren perched on these outdoor bar stools, feet dangling, giggling, and eating chicken tenders and fries?


This gorgeous outdoor city kitchen is heavy in mixed stone elements, mimicking its surrounding cityscape. The atrium rooftop herb garden not only visually breaks up the environment and provides a pop of color, but also is a clever use of space to grow commonly used herbs such as mint, basil, rosemary, and thyme.


If we had our own pizza oven, we’d so have pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Becoming ever so popular, pizza ovens aren’t just for commercial use anymore. Don’t have one? Come spring, set up a big table in the backyard and lay out a spread of pre-bought pizza dough and all the toppings you can think of. Invite friends and family to make their own personal pizzas, then pop them in the oven indoors. Cut into bite sized pieces so everyone can eat together, hors d’oeuvres style, and taste different flavor combinations.


Canning preserves and making jam are great outdoors activities because of the mess factor. Set up a station outdoors with all the essentials: mason jars, fruit, sugar, cutting boards. All you have to do is wipe down the area when you’re finished – no stressing over a dropped raspberry staining the rug. P.S. Homemade preserves paired with a loaf of fresh country bread make for a great host/hostess gift.


If you’re undergoing a structural remodeling project, take note of this Cape Town beauty. Not only are appliances compactly designed (do you spot the tiny laundry machine?) but the sliding doors open entirely, uniting the kitchen with the charming courtyard where a decorative pool is the focal point.


If you have a patio that’s been left sad and empty for the most part with ratty wicker chairs, consider investing in this incredible set up someday. Note the solid wood detail of the ceiling which is a nod to the forest-like backyard. There is literally everything you need to cook and entertain simultaneously with guests, blending work and play seamlessly together in harmony.


And just for fun, here’s a refreshing outdoor shower in a secret garden. The owner installed this outside her master bedroom and added only a simple shower head and subtle towel hooks. The ferns and greenery were left to climb and grow organically, providing a beautiful contrast to the painted black walls.

How do you plan on uniting your indoor and outdoor living spaces in harmony this year?

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