Storage & Seating Make This Kitchen Work

Published: June 17, 2024
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With a mandate from the clients – a family of six – to expand the kitchen storage and mitigate noise from an adjacent playroom, Gloribell Lebrón, NKBA, ASID of Miami-based G. Lebron Interiors took a critical look at the floor plan and its potential.

Dating from 1985, the existing room featured a dysfunctional work triangle and an island that wasn’t designed for seating. The kitchen was connected to the dining room via an outdated pass-through.

For the remodel, Lebrón developed the unique T-shape island design after studying the clients’ lifestyle and entertaining preferences. Avid food enthusiasts and gracious hosts, their need for ample storage for serveware and table settings became paramount. This island configuration not only accommodates their storage needs but also fosters a welcoming atmosphere for weekend gatherings and festivities.

Around the perimeter of the kitchen, glass-front cupboards perch atop the tall cabinets flanking the cooktop. This aspect of the design was driven by a desire to balance functionality with visual appeal. Lebrón said, “Recognizing the need for additional storage without overwhelming the space, we chose the glass doors to impart a sense of lightness and airiness. This design choice not only maximizes storage but also provides an elegant showcase for the clients’ cherished serveware pieces.”

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Kitchen Storage Solution

Even with the revitalized cabinetry in the main kitchen, the need for additional storage was apparent. To address this, the designer transformed a corner of the kitchen into an enclosed pantry. Measuring 6’7” x 8’2”, the pantry is home to an additional refrigerator, microwave and coffee prep area, along with plenty of open shelving, cubbies and counter area.

Asked about the rewards of the project, Lebrón said, “While not directly related to design, the opportunity to reflect on the journey with our client, witnessing how the space has evolved and enriched their family life, is invaluable. Seeing the joy of the client as they gather with their children around the island to share stories of the day reaffirms the significance of well-designed spaces in fostering meaningful human connections. When a space fulfills its purpose and cultivates warmth and togetherness, we know we’ve achieved our mission as designers.”


Design: Gloribell Lebrón NKBA ASID, G. Lebron Interiors; Photography: Lauren Alexis Photography; Cabinets: Earth Sourced Design; Cooktop, Microwave, Refrigerator, Wall Ovens: Monogram; Countertops: Dekton by Cosentino; Faucets, Sinks: Kraus; Lighting: Hudson Valley Lighting Group; Paint: Sherwin-Williams; Seating: Pottery Barn; Tile: Floor and Décor; Vent Hood: Hoodsly; Wine Cooler: Zephyr

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