When Leslie Carothers, of Savour Partnership, asked me to design the Kitchen and the Solarium for the World’s First Ever Luxury Virtual Designer Showhouse, I could not say YES fast enough!

Being a Kitchen and Bath Designer, I loved the opportunity to do something like this. The Kitchen is really the hub of the home and is a place that people tend to gather, no matter how nice your living room is!

Gary Pettitt, the Publisher of Seasonal Living Magazine, created this amazing 20,000 square foot home situated on 20 acres in the Malibu canyons. Despite the home being entirely virtual and there being no budget, we were given a client brief and information on the type of people living in this home.

The clients that live in this home are two professionals, raised on different continents, highly educated and avid travelers. Shy and Garett Morris and their five children plan to move into this home. Shy was born in Shanghai and has spent most of her life raised in China, India, Paris, and New York. She comes from a family of herbal medicinal healers and she herself is a doctor, but no longer practices. She is the founder of a scientific research company, Entom-Cura, focused on creating new foods and medicines from Entomophagy.

Garrett Morris grew up in Massachusetts but spent most of his life in the U.K. He is a trained pharmacist and one of his key passions is sustainable indoor farming.

Between Shy’s background in natural medicine and Garrett’s indoor farming knowledge, we knew we had to create a space that would easily support both of these needs along with catering to a large family, as they have five children.

After reading the client brief, we were notified of our participating sponsors. I was overjoyed when I found out that Signature Kitchen Suite had signed on to be a participating sponsor!

I had the pleasure of visiting Signature Kitchen Suite’s State of the Art Showroom in Napa, CA last year with the Modenus DesignHounds. It was such an incredible experience. Not only did I meet so many amazing people (not to mention many of the Designers that are featured in this Showhouse!) but I also saw the truly innovative products that Signature Kitchen Suite has created.

How gorgeous is this?? This was only one of the many vignette kitchens they had! Every kitchen was unique in styling and of course featured the beautiful appliances from Signature Kitchen Suite.

Signature Kitchen Suite is a newer brand in the luxury appliance market. It’s not easy to break into the luxury appliance market, but they have truly shown that they have earned a seat at the table.

Not only have they created beautiful products, they have committed to creating appliances that incorporate the world’s leading technology to allow the end user the flexibility to create food in the best way possible.

After attending the trip with Modenus, I was blown away by the amount of research, dedication, thoughtfulness and technology that Signature Kitchen Suite has placed into their product offering.

Their showroom experience was not only about the products, it was about creating an experience that truly encompassed their brand. They shared with us their brand story that illustrates their passion for being True to Food™.

That thinking really stuck with me. It wasn’t just about wine-ing and dining. It was about the total experience:

They are targeting a generation that values quality over quantity, that likes the latest in technology, and that enjoys cooking. They call their target market a Technicurean™.

After reading the client brief, it felt so natural that Signature Kitchen Suite would be the appliance sponsor because I would consider Shy and Garrett Morris their target audience!

Once we were given the dimensions of our space, client brief, and sponsor information, we got to work.

When designing a kitchen, I always start with programming. How does the family cook, what appliances do they love, what foods do they normally make, etc.

After reviewing the client brief, I knew I needed to incorporate different types of appliances to accommodate the family’s needs.

I would not be kidding if I said that selecting the appliances was the easiest part of this whole kitchen design… Signature Kitchen Suite makes it too easy!

I knew right away that I HAD to include Signature Kitchen Suite’s award winning Dual Fuel Pro Range – 48” gas cooktop, induction cooktop, and sous vide bay! Have you ever seen one of these? Well, probably not because Signature Kitchen Suite is the first appliance brand to ever launch one!

This amazing appliance won best of KBIS 2019 and I got to see it in action in Napa. I would sport one of these in a heartbeat!

It is so beautiful and you can just tell they really put attention to detail in their products. They also have the capability of being Wi-Fi enabled, where you can have on demand customer support! What I also loved is that they have a 3 day policy of getting your appliance serviced. How cool is that?!

I could see the clients, Shy and Garrett Morris, utilizing this appliance almost every day.

Next on the list is their 36” Flex Induction Cooktop.

I know what you’re thinking: Another cooktop?! Well, yes.

We incorporated this cooktop into a separate cooking island so that multiple chefs can be using the kitchen without interfering in each other’s space.

The induction cooktop is undoubtedly sleek in design, but also packs a punch, with four inductors producing over 3,700 watts of power. The 11” dual center element cranks up the power to 7,000, making it the most powerful induction center element in history!

It fits seamlessly into our countertops since it can be mounted flush…so unless you look closely, you may not even notice it!

Next on the list is the 30” Combi Wall Oven.

This powerhorse of an appliance is really amazing because it combines the power of steam convection technology with the convenience of a speed oven!

Imagine being able to cook foods 20% faster with this technology. It also is engineered to offer the benefits of sous-vide cooking with the large capacity of an oven.

Since Shy and Garrett are busy professionals, this appliance is going to save them a lot of time and energy when preparing meals.

Incorporating a sleek microwave oven drawer was also important to us and we put this appliance on the other side of the kitchen, nearest the fridge.

Signature Kitchen Suite’s microwave oven drawer is not only sexy, it is a super functional appliance that can be tucked out of sight!

We also incorporated the PowerSteam Panel Ready dishwasher for a perfectly seamless utility appliance. They really take such effort to create appliances that not only are stylish, but function the way we need them to!


Moving into refrigeration, we incorporated the Signature Kitchen Suite 30-inch integrated column refrigerator! This fridge is panel ready, which means it can blend seamlessly into your cabinetry without standing out.

We paired the integrated refrigerator with an integrated freezer! We chose the 24” model but they also have an 18” version. This column has the largest capacity in the industry with 13.9 cu! And look how cute the ice is!!

Now, what kitchen is complete without a wine fridge?? We had to incorporate the Signature Kitchen Suite wine column because it not only is beautiful, it stores 71 bottles, features UV dark glass protection, an inverter linear compressor to ward against vibration, dual evaporates to maintain moderate, steady humidity, and two independent temperature zones.

I really can’t wait to show you this kitchen. Tricked out with not only the best appliances, but beautiful textures and features, it truly is going to be a feast for the eyes!

RSVP For the LIVE, complimentary event here! You won’t want to miss this groundbreaking event on December 3rd, 2020 at 3PM PST.

Our home was originally built in the 60s and had already been through a remodel in the 80s. It had good bones but they were hard to see under the later revisions. Ariana’s team went straight to the elements that needed to be preserved and highlighted them. The kitchen/dining room has been opened up amazingly and we’re very happy with it. In addition to the design efforts, we really value the 3-D renderings. It makes it much easier to talk with tradespeople about what we want to be done and how, and prevents miscommunications. Five stars for the Honeycomb team!


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