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Meet: Susan Serra
Susan Serra
Meet: Susan Serra
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Hello to all you kitchen lovers! Are you like me—do you love being in your kitchen? Do you dream of design, products, tools, and methods that can make your kitchen more beautiful and functional? The kitchen is the core, the nerve center of our homes. It’s where we experience all five senses. It’s, simply, a soulful place, even if it is no one’s “dream kitchen” but yours.

It is my pleasure to share my thoughts and insight on kitchen design for Wayfair. Here is a very brief introduction. I’m Susan Serra, a certified kitchen designer and certified aging in place specialist. You can learn more about me here. I think about kitchens…a lot.

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Our kitchens are melting pots of design issues (whether you designed it yourself or you inherited the design), of trends, one’s personal aesthetics, family requirements, functional needs, cooking habits, and much more.

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Whether designing an entire kitchen or just reconfiguring countertop appliances for better efficiency, it takes time to sort through how your habits affect your workflow in the kitchen. Some habits need to be looked at with a fresh perspective, especially with today’s awesome technology found in so many products which aid efficiency and comfort, while other habits, tried and true, simply work. The discussion of work habits in the kitchen will be a continuing theme.

It is my goal to provide, here in this Wayfair space, a balance of pros and cons on design issues, presenting questions that I urge you to be sure and ask yourself before committing to a (often long term) design decision. This balanced approach is based on my long standing philosophy of providing a solid and thoughtful variety of design solutions to my clients so that they will make the choices that are right for their lifestyle. Few “shoulds” will be found here. I have lots of goodies to share in my design “pantry” with you! We’ll start out with a post on kitchen design trends for 2012 and furniture for the kitchen.

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I will break down a functional or aesthetic kitchen design issue to its essence. What I love about kitchen design is that each decision builds on the next. Therefore, it is my mission to increase your awareness and uncover the raison d’etre for the simplest detail that is usually an afterthought but will affect the next decision, and the next.

We’ll make sense of it all, one step at a time and we will also have fun in the process…that’s a must! What are your biggest kitchen design issues?

-Susan

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Leave Your Thoughts (3 Comments)

  1. Jennifer ·

    I have been living in my home for about 18 years and the kitchen is is dire need of redoing. I love the design off the first kltchen shown on this page. My kitchen is not big but sufficient for the three of us. I do a lot of cooking and would like cabinets which are easy to clean and maintained. Thanks you for your comments/suggestions.

  2. Sally ·

    I look forward to all your posts.

  3. BERNICE ·

    HELLO SUSAN. COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME IS THAT A WOOD COUNTERTOP ABOVE AND IF ITS NOT COULD YOU PLEASE TELL WHAT IS IT AND THE COLOR. MY HUSBAND AND I LOVE IT!