The Ultimate Dream Kitchen Can be Yours
By Carol King / Excerpt: News Article, Published in Brooks Community Newspapers
There’s no doubt that kitchens have become the focal family and entertainment center of a household. The kitchen has evolved from being the room that separated the entertainer from the audience, to becoming the star of the show. Interactive preparation areas, designed with media centers, can turn the kitchen into the ultimate gathering place for families to unite, morning, noon and night.
At Gallery of Kitchens in Westport, owner/designer Matt Cowan has mounted a 37-inch LCD television in his showroom. “The television is flush-mounted behind a Viking stove, underneath an Italian limestone hood,” said Cowan. “This television can do many things. You can watch television programs or DVDs, you can connect it to the Internet through a computer, it can also be used as a baby monitor. The screen splits, so you can watch two programs, do half television and half Internet or connect the monitor to multiple cameras throughout the home.”
Cowan says kitchen-designated multi-media offerings help bring families together within a household. “A tremendous amount of time is spent in the kitchen,” he observed. “It is utilized first thing in the morning and throughout the entire day. Typically, the mother is in the kitchen cooking, while the rest of the family is in another room watching television. This changes that. Now, the family gathers around a kitchen island, watches television and enjoys each other’s company.”