7 expert kitchen design tips to make cooking a delight

“WE SPEND SO much time in the kitchen,” says kitchen designer Marie Browne. “But we don’t ask ourselves, how are we using this space? How could we be using it better?”

For most households in Ireland, the kitchen is where life happens. Not just cooking, but everything from the morning scramble to afternoon schoolwork; from lazy lunches to late-night conversations. 

We asked Marie – a designer with Cash & Carry Kitchens – for her tips on designing a kitchen that makes life easier, not harder. Say goodbye to cluttered worktops and make awkward storage a thing of the past with her expert advice. 

1. First, make your ‘must-have’ list of appliances

The first step, says Marie, is to look at the things that you really need. “That’s where the design process really starts,” she says. And it’s crucial to be realistic. “If you’re a family of four, you don’t want an under-the-counter refrigerator. You need a tall larder fridge, or there’s just not going to be enough space.” 

A good starting point, says Marie, is to look at your daily routine. “Are you only using the kitchen for breakfast and a pizza when you get home? Then you can say, one single oven. But the family that is constantly entertaining, or is multigenerational with parents and adult children also in the house – then you probably need two ovens. And maybe also select a combination microwave oven as a third.”

If you do this, rather than just including the ‘standard’ appliances, you’ll avoid missing any essentials – or overspending on appliances you don’t really need.

2. Then, imagine yourself in your new kitchen

To begin orienting the room, and to ensure that it reflects your needs, Marie suggests visualising yourself in it. “I would be saying, you’re standing at the

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$6.8 million in improvements to 24th Street delight university | Articles


Creighton University celebrated improvements Thursday to 24th Street, which runs through the heart of the university.

The City of Omaha contributed $3.9 million and Creighton $2.9 million, the university said.

The project is designed to slow traffic, making it safer for students and other pedestrians. The street has become two lanes instead of four, and a median separates traffic. Creighton said it also wanted to beautify the corridor with plants and trees and improve access to and from North Omaha.

Improvements also will give 24th Street more of a gateway feeling to Creighton.

Among those attending the ceremony were Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert; the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, president of Creighton; and LaVonya Goodwin, president of the board of the North 24th Street Business Improvement District. The improvement zone covers about five blocks, from Cass to Cuming Streets.

The project also features bicycle lanes, bus shelters and a traffic roundabout to further slow traffic near 24th and Cass Streets. The roundabout will be named Haddix Circle, to honor George and Susan Haddix, who have contributed to this and other Creighton projects.

Hendrickson has said the section with a traffic

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