Whether or not the Rule of Six is still in effect around Christmas time, the majority of us will spend the holiday season with our loved ones, in the safety and security of home. In 2020, having fun isn't just about baking the turkey and baking the chopped pies, but creating a relaxing and magical atmosphere and an unforgettable festive time.
The kitchen is the heart of all this activity - and undoubtedly the heart of the home - not just from Christmas Eve to New Years, but all year round. If your kitchen has seen better days and the layout is no longer working for you and your family, here are some tips from Will Lyne, owner of a custom kitchen and furniture business, Christopher Peters, on the best kitchen design elements for family receptions.
While you may want to wow your mother-in-law with a formal Christmas lunch experience in your traditional dining room, drinks and snacks with friends in your kitchen will create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Make the most of your kitchen's square footage by including an informal dining area. If you already have a separate dining area but the size of your kitchen allows for additional dining space, add a farmhouse style kitchen table or nook with a bistro table and comfy seating. Make the most of those awkward corners of your kitchen by speaking with a quality furniture designer about bespoke dining options - many of which will incorporate storage solutions into the design.
Lift a chair
Have you ever considered adding a family room setup to your kitchen? Again, if you are lucky enough to have a large kitchen, review the layout and allocate a few square feet for a wall mounted TV, stylish storage, and a comfy sofa. It will also serve as an extra seat for all welcome guests and a place where they can enjoy a glass of champagne while you put the finishing touches on your culinary masterpiece.
Work and play
Establish separate areas in your kitchen by adding workstations to the main work areas. With modern family life taking care of all aspects of the home, the majority of our clients have asked us to incorporate specific areas, such as pantries, coffee stations and bars, into their kitchen design. . Using every inch of space in each zone maximizes efficiency and limits the possibilities of unsightly clutter.
In other less practical areas of the kitchen, display your favorite glassware or tableware and hit town with the festive decorations. Customers can then help themselves to fresh glasses or plates without having to interrupt you, the host.
Installing a kitchen island is a great way to create a center of activity for all of your guests. The best hosts are those who bring their guests together while providing quieter spaces for more private conversations; the kitchen island is naturally the place where people will gather. You can use this space to light your favorite party candle, plate of snack foods or even pop a few bottles of champagne, for a makeshift bar. Our kitchen island designs often include all kinds of storage solutions and integrated appliances, to maximize the available space.
Whatever space you are working with, the best way to update your kitchen design is to redesign the layout. Whether you are a seasoned artist or just a seasonal artist, this will unlock the potential of your kitchen for years to come.
The best time to visit Italy are the months of May, June, and September. Compared to the peak summer months of July and August, these months offer more comfortable temperatures and there are fewer crowds ( except around Easter ). The country experiences four classic seasons per year, although there is a marked difference between the wetter, cooler North and the drier, warmer South. The rainiest months pretty much everywhere are usually October and November.
Fall ( September – November ) : temperatures cool down gradually, although September is usually still very pleasant. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too. Fall carries many of the same benefits as spring, but with slightly less predictable weather.
Winter : temperatures in the South remain mild in winter, while Northern Italy is normally wet and cold. Winter in the Italian Alps is fantastic though for skiing and snowboarding, but the ski resorts do get crowded so book early.
Travelers wishing to visit Italy can use a bus, train, plane, or boat to get there. Most tourists arrive by plane though, often landing in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the country’s busiest airport. This is the preferred point of entry in Italy when you want to visit Rome, or tour the entire country. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Rome.
Although Rome is the main getaway for most visitors to Italy, it’s often easier and cheaper to fly directly to/from one of the country’s other airports. It can also save you a lot of time to book a multi-city ticket, hereby arriving in one airport and leaving from another ( for example fly in Milan in the north and fly out via Naples in the south ). The following airports are of interest for most tourist itineraries :
Milan Malpenza Airport ( north ) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy ( and also the main getaway to the Italian Lakes ). Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Milan.
Venice Marco Polo airport ( north ) is the international airport of Venice. It offers flights to many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada, South Korea and the Middle East. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Venice.