The Heart Of The House
Vero Beach’s modern kitchens are designed to accommodate
all types of family activities.
Photography By M. James Northen
For sheer drama, it’s hard to beat this pink kitchen with its high ceiling, prominent stove with stainless backdrop and pot filler, modernist hanging lights and tropical views out of the many windows.
Since most Early American houses were small and snug, the kitchen was an integral part of the living and dining areas. The kitchen fireplace was the center of the house and provided heat for warmth as well as cooking. Then, as the population gained wealth and acquired help, homes grew in size and kitchens were relegated to the back of the house where the owner rarely ventured. Often, they were in dark and cramped spaces, rarely glimpsed by outsiders.
Today, we’ve come full circle as the kitchen is once again the heart of the house, often a jewel of a room that provides an attractive venue for a variety of activities with family and friends.
Indeed, the kitchen is the place where everything happens: people cook and eat, read, watch television, use their electronic devices, even play bridge.
The five Vero Beach kitchens featured here are substantial, multi-purpose rooms. The various female owners are active chefs who made sure the kitchens were designed to enhance their culinary skills. The equipment is sophisticated and up-to-date. Three of the kitchens have cleverly hidden television sets and all five provide seating for meals in the form of stools at a counter or with tables and chairs. Otherwise, the rooms have very different atmospheres and physical attributes.
Read the entire article in the September/October 2011 issue