Kitchen & Bath

Welcome summer into your kitchen

(NC)—The summer months bring warm moments for families to share together in the sunshine. When a break from the heat is in order, a welcoming kitchen stocked with refreshing summer foods provides shelter from the swelter. Make your kitchen the main meeting place where family and friends reconnect and create summertime meal experiences in the comfort of home. Get your kitchen summer–ready with these four easy tips:

Add some colour. Bright colours signal that summer is here. Liven up your kitchen by spreading out new linens in a solid bold hue over the kitchen table. Make the table setting pop with colourful cups and patterned napkins. Place fresh lemon slices in water glasses for added flavour and a dash of colour.

Make some space. Summer barbecues and get–togethers keep the kitchen full of friends and food, making adequate space for food storage essential. With its abundance of shelf space, the KitchenAid Architect Series II French Door Refrigerator has room for all your summer essentials, from multiple cartons of ice cream to jugs of homemade iced tea. And the FreshSeal humidity–controlled crispers will keep your in–season fruits and vegetables just–picked fresh.

Bring the outside in. Fill the kitchen air with the sweet smell of fresh–cut flowers. Straight from the garden, a vibrant floral arrangement makes the perfect summer centrepiece. Gather a variety of the summer’s most fragrant flowers, including cala lilies, gerberas, hydrangeas and lilacs. Tie the stems with a bow and place in a large vase for extra flair.

Go local. Plenty of family–favourite produce sprouts up in the summertime and it’s ideal to take advantage. Introduce fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market to your table. Think kabobs, fruit pies, homemade marinades and freshly squeezed juice, sure to please guests of all ages.

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