A Functional Kitchen
It's true that your kitchen is the most visited room in your home and it can easily make or break a deal when you're planning on selling. If you are renovating your kitchen, you'll quickly find that it's easy to pay more attention to the overall aesthetic than how your kitchen will function.
I work with many clients who stress over every finish detail, but forget about how the space will work. You've heard of the infamous kitchen "triangle", but functional kitchens go much deeper than that. A great design goes beyond pretty and incorporates details like spice storage for easy access when cooking, drinking glasses close to the refrigerator, and even how close the heaviest items like dinner plates are stored when unloading the dishwasher.
When working with your designer, think about how your family uses the space, traffic patterns, how often you entertain and how you prepare food. Style and function can go together.