WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING APPLIANCES FOR A GUEST COTTAGE, THINK THIN
Q: I am renovating my pool house and converting it into a guest cottage. The kitchen is tiny and I'm looking for quality, space-saving appliances. Do you have any recommendations?
A: These days, smaller is often better—at least when it comes to kitchen appliances. That's why you should have an easy time finding what you need, especially when you look to European companies.
For the dishwasher, consider an 18-inch Slimline model from Miele, or Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawers. Sub-Zero and Marvel offer refrigerated drawers—perfect for storing drinks and snacks. If you need more room, check out a 24-inch refrigerator from Liebherr or a refrigerator column from Thermador, which will be available this summer.
If your guests are prone to cooking when visiting, consider products from the following companies: Miele, Gaggenau, Viking and FiveStar (especially for 24-inch cooktops or ranges). A combination microwave and oven (from companies including Daewoo, Whirlpool and Panasonic) might come in handy, too.
Q: I have a fairly plain, traditional kitchen. I'm considering kicking it up a notch with some mod bar stools. Do you think that's a good idea? If so, where can I find such furniture?