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MONEY & The Kitchen of the Year, showcased in New York's Rockefeller Plaza, Cooking up ideal kitchen Designer Mick De Giulio shares tips for creating a stylish, functional space By Lisa Jevens Special to Tribune Newspapers Every summer, House Beautiful magazine erects a pavilion in New York's Rockefeller Plaza and asks a renowned designer to make his or her ideal ldtchen come to life there for a week. Called the Kitchen of the Year, it is open to the public as a demonstration kitchen and a showplace. Unveiled in July, the 2012 Kitchen of the Year was created by Mick De Giulio of de De Giulio Giulio ldtchen design, based in Wilmette. De Giulio, an A-lister in the ldtchen design world, is sought after by individuals and companies worldwide. De Giulio offered tips on how to make your next ldtchen more livable, functional and beautiful using the Kitchen of the Year as an inspiration. Choose a theme. When starting a new ldtchen project, come up The matching 401(k) is making a comeback Gail MarksJarvis On Money Chicago-area weekly mortgage rates (Aug. 30-year fixed: Conforming: 3.83 T Jumbo: 4.31 T 1 15-year fixed: Conforming: 3.11 Y Jumbo: 3.60T Loan: 7.03 Line: 4.94 6-month Libor: 0.712 1-year Treasury: 0.19 3.25 SEASONED TO PERFECTION Wm msSBSM Open shelving is convenient for having dishes and serving pieces close at hand. It's also an attractive way to display collectibles. with a theme that will guide your choices. De Giulio's Kitchen of the Year was inspired by the casual aesthetic of a Scottish fisherman's cottage. "The structure they gave me was a pavilion," De Giulio said. "It was a little bit like a cottage, so I went with that idea. It informed all my decisions." The subde, casual, clean look of a seaside cottage was achieved through deft layering of textures After leaving employees to fend for themselves with retirement savings plans in the 2008 financial crisis, companies are now giving employees extra money to stash away for their futures in401(k) plans. Firms have been restor ing 401(k) matches abolished amid frantic cost-cutting during the financial crisis and Great Recession. Matches are considered powerful incentives to get people to save money every payday, because matches are often worth hundreds 29) TA Denotes change from previous week (EMcaao SMbune REAL ESTATE " ' was created by Mick De Giulio. and materials in a serene, whitewashed color palette. Sleek, snow-white appliances, pristine countertops and luxurious tiles contrasted with rustic and nautical light fixtures. A wood-beamed ceiling and dark walnut flooring completed the look. There is no doubt the Kitchen of the Year was big 1,000 square feet, and a 10-by-10-foot butler's pantry. It featured a sitting area with fireplace, a dining table, counter seating and a or thousands of dollars in extra pay a year per individual. Charles Schwab reported last week that those offering matches are back to pre-crisis levels. Schwab studied plans of about 1,000 midsize and Chicago-area home The kitchen has a variety of lighting fixtures, including pendants, lighting under the counters and lighting in the cabinets. breakfast bar called "la mattina" (the morning area). "It's not just a ldtchen. It's very open, with areas for people to hang out in," De Giulio said. "It's centered on the lifestyle trend that we live in our kitchens." If you think a large ldtchen won't fit into your floor plan, De Giulio said you could amass more space by totaling the square footage of a breakfast nook, dining room, sitting room and ldtchen in a typical floor plan. You would likely come up with the necessary space for a live-in kitchen layout similar to the Kitchen of the Year. "Many clients are forgoing formal dining rooms in favor of this approach," he said. This is also something to consider if you are remodeling. Mixing materials. One trick you can use to generate visual interest in a kitchen is variation. For example, most people would buy all the same cabinet pulls for the entire kitchen. But the Kitchen of the Year featured crystal and stainless steel pulls. Other ways to subtly vary the look is by using different countertop surfaces and thicknesses. Don't be afraid to combine them in one countertop, such as the Caesarstone and wood that make up the island. Instead of packing a ldtchen with solid walls of cabinetry, use open glass shelving for a lighter look, such as the shelving above la mattina. (It makes it easy for guests to help themselves to cups and plates too.) Light fixtures don't have to be in the same finish or style, either. "Varying the materials is intuitive. large employers and found that 73 percent were providing matching money. That compares with 67 percent in 2009. In 2008, about 72 percent of companies had been providing matching money. Besides offering matches equity rates (Aug. 29) ARMs (Indexes on N Sunday, September 2, 2012 Section 7 It is really about what you like," De Giulio said. Artistic concept. Great designers think outside the box. De Giulio thinks outside the grid. "Approach the design a little more artistically and thoughtfully, and create something unique and not from a catalog," he said. "That extends into things like proportion and rhythm." For example, all the drawers don't line up in a grid in the kitchen. The TV is not centered above the fireplace. "I did a lot of offsets in the design, and that made it look more free," De Giulio said. Simplicity of white. Don't be afraid of white in the kitchen. It can be a practical choice. "White is never out. It is always a great kitchen color because it is fresh and clean," De Giulio said. "The neutral light color scheme leaves room for subtle variation. Nothing pops like things that are on white." Keep in mind that functionality can be beautiful, even when it comes to the ldtchen sink. The island sink was designed by De Giulio. This stainless steel sink is 45 inches long with a sliding teak cutting board, a slot to store knives, a colander holder and flatware tray for rinsing cutlery. "With this sink, the plumbing can be in the far right-hand part of the cabinet. It makes the space usable below for bins, storage, etc.," De Giulio said. It is also the winner of the 2011 Interior Design Best of Year award for best ldtchen fitting or fixture. to stimulate participation, companies are also adding advice so employees contribute more toward their future and invest correctly. Despite research that shows people are worried Please turn to Page 2 which rates are based) Prime rate

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