A Beverage-Friendly Brooklyn Kitchen for a Cocktail Connoisseur
FORM Design Team
November 22, 2021
What were you looking for in your kitchen renovation?
We were looking for everything! This was an opportunity for us to take a blank slate and truly make it our own. We wanted an open and inviting space where my husband could cook and I could make cocktails. I work in the booze business and really needed enough storage for all of our fancy barware and drinkware. I am so happy we were able to include cabinet storage on the living room side of our peninsula, as well as integrating a wine fridge into the kitchen. Those were non-negotiables for me! And absolutely everything fits beautifully. Everything has a place.
“I remember seeing the first round of designs and was like WOW, that’s going to be OUR kitchen?!”
What do you love to do in your kitchen?
Eating! Since I’m not much of a cook, my favorite things include making coffee in the morning, pulling out a bottle of wine from the wine fridge in the evening, and sitting at the counter hanging out with my husband while he cooks.
What are your favorite features?
Honestly, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am obsessed with the pantry. I love that it’s integrated into the entire look and feel of the kitchen. I’m so glad we were able to better utilize some “dead” space in the area to create a truly functional feature. Storage in New York City is limited and we were able to make choices that made our space work harder for us.
“I am obsessed with the pantry. I love that it’s integrated into the entire look and feel of the kitchen. I’m so glad we were able to better utilize some dead space in the area to create a truly functional feature.”
What was working with FORM like?
It was really fun! I remember seeing the first round of designs and was like “WOW, that’s going to be OUR kitchen?!” It was so exciting to see things that we had talked about be taken into actual consideration and come to life. It was very helpful to talk through the process and be able to ask questions and understand why certain decisions need to be made and what their impact would be. It was great to receive samples in the mail and see the realistic renderings. I also enjoyed communicating through the portal—everything was in one place. If I had to track communication through email… well, that would have been overwhelming!
What advice would you give to someone renovating a kitchen?
One bit of advice that might be a little NYC-specific is to compare floorpans in your apartment building. We decided to undergo a full renovation based on updated floorpans we saw from previous listings in our building. This helped us realize what was realistic within our Co-op. Thankfully, we already knew we wanted a U-shaped kitchen and since my husband cooks (and I don’t!) we wanted the floorpan to be open so he wasn’t completely cutoff from the rest of our apartment.