In thinking about a new home (read: NEW PROJECT!) the kitchen is where I think I've learned the lessons to really create something spectacular. Our current space is beautiful. Friends love it. And it's served us pretty well. There's an island for laying out spreads for entertaining and three comfy bar stools for lingering. There's professional Jenn-Air appliances and good lighting. Here's what I've been collecting- each with great little idealets. (great little ideas)
Location, Location, KITCHEN!
Now that I've lived with both 100 year old kitchens, Mid-Century kitchens, and new construction- Im learning the non-negotiables in my NEXT kitchen. It's the room that sells me on the rest of the house. If I can't picture myself entertaining from behind a kitchen island, slinging drinks from a wet bar, or where the wine storage will be, it's a non-starter.
My kitchen must-haves: Counter-depth refrigerator, concealed appliances where possible, a real exhaust hood, Wood+Stone+Metal+Tile, statement pendants, functional storage, and entertaining flow.