We did the latter. We packed up the kids and traveled to New York to spend time with my family. One of the highlights of our trips to New York is eating my mother's home cooked meals and getting to spend time with my mother in her kitchen.
I don't claim to be a chef by any stretch of the imagination, but I can certainly appreciate a good meal and a fabulously designed kitchen. What makes a good kitchen design fabulous/great you ask? Is it the lighting, the hardware, state of the art appliances, custom cabinets, or exotic stone counters? The answer is E) ALL OF THE ABOVE.
A fabulous kitchen combines contrasting design elements to create a unique aesthetic.
These elements can include the combination of rustic and modern elements or perhaps the combination of metallic and matte finishes. I find that incorporating a good mix of design elements and styles yields amazing results.
Here's a look at a few fabulously designed kitchens I definitely wouldn't mind spending some time in.