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The Rest of the “Hot Pepper” Kitchen Story

Happy new year peeps! Back at the drawing board this week after a nice holiday break. I got a lot of annoying little things done AND spend a little time in the studio but that’s another story. Last post I told you about my dream kitchen. I don’t know about you but I’m still dreaming and that was just enough to pique my interest. The lovely Shannon Pepper of Shannon Pepper Design in New Zealand, YES, New Zealand (who knew they were rocking such awesome design down under?)  shared some of her musings with me:


KFL:  What parameters were you given before designing this kitchen?

Shannon:  The kitchen needed to be very functional for a busy family of 5. The kitchen is very much centralised in the home so it also needed to be very ” good looking ” for better words. There needed to be space to tuck things away like appliances etc to keep the space tidy.

KFL: What was the biggest challenge of the project?

Shannon:  Hmmm, I’m not sure there were any real challenges in this project as the client was very easy to deal with and realistic.  The space was very proportional and easy to plan. I say that but originally, in the plans from the architect, there was a window on the hob (stove) wall which we were trying to work around. After much thought  the client decided that since the space would only look out onto a hedge and wouldn’t  offer much light  we opted to remove the window and add under cabinet lights to keep the space light.


KFL:  Is there anything you’d have done differently if you could?

Shannon: Not really,  I love this kitchen and loved working with this client.

KFL:  Can you describe they type of client you were designing for?

Shannon:  The clients were both doctors and they have 3 children under 12. The family is busy with extra activities after school for the children and wanted a space that was functional and easy to maintain.

KFL: What brand of cabinets did you use?

Shannon:  The cabinetry used is a Dezignatek vinyl wrapped (known here as thermofoil)  product. The colour is white gloss and the profile of the doors and drawers is Milan. This product is great for giving you a painted finish look but without the chipping and scratching possibilities of paint.

Not only is this a dream kitchen but it sounds like it was an all-around dream job too.  Check out Shannon’s website for more pics of her beautiful projects.



Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.



Love that kitchen. Well, always loved red somewhere in any decor, anywhere, anyway!

Gloria Graham

I love it too! Red rules!

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