Young at Hearth
The Chopping Block’s Shelley Young gets the cozy, sociable, highly functional home kitchen of her dreams
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1. Location, location
Young’s cooktop is intentionally off center on the island, giving her abundant room to work on one side of it rather than two symmetrical but smaller surfaces. She also had a trash receptacle installed in the island, instead of by the sink, for easier access while prepping.
2. Kindest cuts
Young asked her butcher-block fabricator to cut an extra piece to serve as an oversize cutting board to stack over her maple countertop. The Shun knife shown is a recent model that Young is testing for a year before she deems it worthy of selling at her shop (she does this with all her merchandise).
3. In sync
A deep stainless steel sink is mounted beneath a concrete countertop; Young likes the clean border this creates, particularly on the right side, where she can stack dirty dishes in a contained way. Custom sink inserts, including a colander and cutting board, make this a convenient alternative prep station when others are helping Young in the kitchen.
4. Raising the bar
Adjacent to the island is a bar, where Young serves meals for one or two or spreads out appetizers for parties. Beyond it, a cozy seating area includes one of the mid-century modern accent chairs whose chenille upholstery inspired the kitchen’s color scheme.
5. Smart stash
Deep drawers are Young’s preferred storage choice. She keeps the lids on her Le Creuset cookware, making for an always-neat look inside.
6. Fresh is best
Homemade noodles are the only way to go, says Young. She makes hers using duck eggs and her favorite electric pasta machine, which recently passed muster and made it to the shelves of The Chopping Block shops.
Photography: Bob Coscarelli