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Smart Design, Great Looks

Fine Cooking Issue 56
Photos: Amy Albert
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Continuous, uninterrupted counterspace was Diane Morgan’s top priority when she redesigned her kitchen in Portland, Oregon, six years ago. A cookbook author, Diane “wanted to be able to roll out dough or do other big projects and have enough space for all the things I like to have close at hand when I work—ingredients, cookbooks, cooling racks, and utensils.” Diane’s other big concern was overhead cabinets—she didn’t want them (“Whatever you need always seems to be behind something else, and you have to reach for it.”)The solution: a 13-foot-long work island lined with drawers.  

This kitchen is eye-poppingly gorgeous, for sure—but it also feels welcoming, and it’s an easy, fun place to work, a place where high function and great looks go hand in hand.

Diane wanted a roomy farmhouse sink but she could only find porcelain versions, so she designed one in stainless steel.
Behind this door is Breakfast Central. The toaster oven, espresso machine, and coffee grinder are within easy reach.

Drawer storage keeps counters clear

Diane opted for drawers instead of cabinets throughout most of the kitchen. Sectioned pullouts keep hand tools and other small items organized. An anchored magnet keeps knives within easy reach and prevents them from banging around. To make the most of each drawer, Diane measured her biggest pots, widest woks, and longest sheet pans and designed drawers to fit them—including one deep enough for a mixer and food processor.


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