by Tina Olivero

    The Kitchen: The Center of Creation

    Imagine coming home after a long day to an oasis and a delicious feast. That’s what kitchens are all about. A personalized, functional, and aesthetically pleasing kitchen can become your space for wellness and relaxation. In creating your harmonic spot there are 5 important considerations:

    1. Island convenience – Investing in an island will maximize your prep space and allow a multi-purpose use. Whether it’s cooking, eating, cleaning, or storage an island can provide an organizational order.

    2. Lighting – Good lighting is an essential to successful kitchen design. It doesn’t only determine functionality but it sets the atmosphere that you dream of capturing in your kitchen. Most people do not understand the importance of good kitchen lighting. That sort of neglect can cause your kitchen aesthetic to come crashing down.

     3. Invest in countertops – Quartz, with its durable nature, is easy to maintain and is anti-microbial. Becoming quite popular in its neutral patterns, Quartz offers a large variety of patterns, swirls, and veining to imitate natural stone. Granite, being its main competitor, requires slightly more maintenance.

    4. Don’t crowd the stove hood – Leaving 2-3 inches of space between your hoods and cabinets will reduce a cluttered appearance. The sides of the cabinet will stay cleaner longer and will be easier to clean once needed.

    5. Utilize Wasted Space – Utilizing areas that may not come to much use, can greatly increase storage space by creating a ‘ built-in’ solution.

    Charli Junker is a local designer based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. With a passion for kitchens and bathrooms, she opened ‘ The Kitchen Design Boutique’ as a way of bringing her clients a full-service interior design studio. Being a regular contributor to Home & Cabin magazine, East Coast Living magazine, as well as aired on Open House NL, Charli’s work and expertise are known throughout the island as first-in-class. 

    Not limited to kitchen design, Charli has worked on a countless number of home designs. From furniture layouts, lighting design, paint colour consults, shopping and more, Charli ensures a seamless process. Charli is confident in turning your dreams into reality, whether it’s one room or a full house.

    Charli Junker’s portfolio and contact information can be viewed at:

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