5 Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen

Can’t find the matching lid to your pot or pan? Just found an open box of cereal from 2014 at the back of the deep, narrow pantry? And where the heck Is your favorite spatula?

 One of the top requests from homeowners who are remodeling is for more storage. Sometimes that really means better storage, particularly in the kitchen. Many of the homes in Scripps Ranch have the original builders’ quality cabinetry that is inefficient: unusable corners, shallow drawers. Sound like a familiar story? Kitchen and cabinet designers are constantly coming up with solutions to make working in your kitchen easier and more functional.  

 Your home may be reaching an age where it’s time to remodel the kitchen. Below are a few suggestions to consider that could maximize storage, improve functionality, and generally make your life run a little smoother. Who doesn’t want that? 

Pot/Pan and Lid Double Drawer

Tired of rummaging around for the right pan in a cabinet? Don’t even mention finding the matching lid!  Deep double drawers help keep your stacks neat and accessible and the lids in check.

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Utensil Drawer

This clever utensil pull-out keeps cooking tools conveniently at hand.

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Dishware Drawer

A peg system allows dishes to be placed in a base cabinet for easier lifting and organization.  Sturdy slides under the drawer can support up to 150 pounds, so heavy plates are no problem. This can be located close to the dishwasher for ease of loading and unloading.

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Pantry Pull Outs

No space for a walk-in pantry?  Losing food at the back of deep shelves? No problem. Tall pullouts and drawers/ shelves of varying sizes which allow for a variety of food storage needs

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That Weird Space Over the Microwave or Oven....

What at great spot to store narrow items that you don’t want to stack: platters, cookie sheets and other bakeware/serving dishes.

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A new kitchen can be a fun and exciting project. There are many great new products available and inspirational images are everywhere.  Maybe it’s time to evaluate your kitchen and develop a plan to turn it into a space that makes preparing meals a pleasure and frees you up to do more of what you love……like relaxing in your “California Room,” but that’s a story for another article!

FDK Design Wins National Kitchen and Bath Association's Best Powder Room Award - 2018

This fun powder room may be short on space, but it’s obviously not short on fun or style! Read all about it here


What's Hot at Highpoint

I just spent a few days at High Point Market — the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world!  It was great to get out there and see what sort of trends are up and coming from manufacturers.  On display were pieces that won’t be released to the public for another six months or so, which means this is a great opportunity to get ahead of the game.

Here are my top three take aways.


Pink Plus One

Pink with dark green, pink with black, pink with turquoise...... basically pink with anything!

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Nature Invades

Organic, natural items were everywhere, but with a fun twist.

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Lighting – Go Big or Go Home

Statement lighting pieces were everywhere.....bringing the drama!

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5 Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen

Goals for 2018 - Get Organized!

Here are a few ideas to help.....


Tired of rummaging around for the right pan in a deep cabinet? Don’t even mention finding the matching lid!  Deep double drawers help keep your stacks neat and accessible and the lids in check.

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This clever utensil pull-out keeps cook ware serve ware conveniently at hand.

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A peg system allows dishes to be placed in a base cabinet for easier lifting and organization.  Sturdy slides under the drawer can support up to 150 pounds, so heavy plates are no problem. This can be located close to the dishwasher for ease of loading and unloading!

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No space for a walk-in pantry?  Losing food at the back of deep shelves? No problem. Tall pullouts and drawers/ shelves of varying sizes which allow for a variety of food storage needs


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......And this is just the beginning! If you are thinking it's time to tackle your inefficient or outdated kitchen, we would love to help.  Reach out and contact us.

NKBA Star Design Award 2017 - Best Large Kitchen

FDK is proud to be selected as the winner of the National Kitchen and Bath Association's "Star Design Award 2017"  in the category of Large Kitchens.  What an honor to be chosen to be acknowledged by professionals in the bath industry! Take a look at the winning project here.


FDK Design is announced as one of "Best Of Houzz 2017" winners.

Each year Houzz performs a survey and analysis of community of over 40 million monthly users and reveals the top-rated home remodeling professionals and most popular home designs.  FDK Design has been announced as a "Best Of Houzz 2017" winner for Customer Service.

Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2017, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home buildersarchitectsinterior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz from cabinetry or roofing pros to painters.

“We are so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality."

A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month. 

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Getting to know the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is an excellent source of support and education, not only for kitchen and bath industry professionals, but for homeowners also.  

If you are considering remodeling, you can use them as a resource for ideas, guidelines, and to seek the help of qualified pros. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. 

FDK Design has been an active member since 2007 and is proud to be able give back in any way possible to the organization.  Take a look at their advertisement in the November issue of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyle.....that's one of our kitchens in the top left corner.....

For more information, visit NKBA.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

Restoring a Craftsman Cottage to its Original Glory

It's a common story.....a quaint 100+ year old Craftsman Cottage that lived through a sad 1970's remodel. It needed some TLC to give it the character it deserved and to give the clients all the amenities of the twenty first century.

See how it turned out here.

This kitchen was featured in the November 2013 issue of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles  as winner of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Small/Medium Kitchen Star Award. 


Details Make the Project!

The goal of every project is to create a beautiful, functional space where the personality of the client shines through.  

This home in Encinitas a a great example of that. The wife is of Japanese descent and she and her husband travel extensively in Asia. The husband loves his tropical outdoor space and wanted to bring it indoors.

Here are just a few details inspired by both of them. 

We designed this pantry to look like an antique piece of Japanese furniture. 

The glass tile from Walker Zanger echoes the bamboo growing outside the window.

The ceilings were removed, the beams were exposed sandblasted to give the space  a natural feel.

The regular geometric pattern of these beautiful tiles balance the random, flowing grain of the teak cabinetry.

All of the little things add up to create space that is uniquely theirs.


The Hidden Kitchen

Every second year Milan is home to the trade show EuroCucina.  It showcases the latest and greatest in kitchen design and technology.  So what’s cooking in kitchens (sorry, I couldn’t resist)?

Well, the hidden kitchen is evolving.  There’s been a growing trend towards bringing together living and kitchen areas with clean lines and stylish details, creating a more sophisticated space.

New and creative ways of designing a streamlined, uncluttered space are the next phase in morphing the kitchen from a cooking-and-eating hub to a flexible multitasking space.

In the past, the design industry had been treating high-end appliances like trophies (think commercial style ranges and refrigerators) and making them the room's focal point. Now, we are heading in the opposite direction, hiding kitchen bling behind wood panels or underneath counter tops.

For a few years we have see appliances disguised using panels which creates a clean, airy, sleek feel.  The Subzero integrated refrigerator above is “panel-ready" to help it blend seamlessly with cabinetry.

We are seeing inventive ways of hiding work spaces and small appliances using vertical folding doors such as in the kitchen above by Poliform Varenna.

Or by using vertical folding doors like these by German company Warendorf .  It features an electronic panel that lifts at the push of a button.

Let’s not forget the island.  Manufacturers are showcasing kitchens with retracting and telescoping counter tops.

Take a look at the Atelier collection by Minotticucine.  The counter top can be pulled back to reveal a cook-top underneath, a kitchen sink, a pop-up faucet.  

This trend has been growing worldwide for a while now.  It has been quietly creeping into the US market, but it is definitely making an impact and is a sign of things to come.

Having Fun with a Small Bathroom

Small bathrooms may be tight on space, but it doesn’t mean that they have to be short on fun. Just take a look at the two bathrooms of this La Jolla beach condo.  With no option to move walls or relocate plumbing, we worked with what we had.  See how it all turned out…….


We didn’t have to go too far for inspiration. We just had to step outside the door and look down the street! This beach rental property is yards away from the surfers’ favorite: Windansea Beach.  The client loves the blue-green color of the waves as they break.  Luckily we found an accent tile that captured that perfectly!

Finding that one special piece

In each bathroom we found that one special piece to set the tone. In the guest bathroom it was the weathered, beachy vanity that we found online that perfectly complemented the tile.

In the master bath it was the reclaimed wood that was used to create the vanity and a towel shelf.


To make the tiny 5 foot by 6 ½ foot guest bath feel bigger, we kept all of the walls white and painted the ceiling to a turquoise color match the vanity. 

Using grey pebble tile in the shower and grey weathered wood look plank tile throughout the condo added to the beach feel.

The niche and a hotel towel rack solve some storage issues.

Of course every bathroom needs a little sparkle …..mirrors, glass,  and polished chrome fixtures do the trick.

And every bathroom  a little luxury….a seat in the shower does just that.