Max Collins’s Glam, Streamlined Kitchen
Take a peek inside this neutral-hued cooking space that reflects the homeowner's preference for simple home-cooked meals
In 2010, during a hiatus in her acting career, actress Max Collins discovered a new talent: cooking. Living in Los Angeles, California with her mom, brother, and her mom’s extended family, Max found herself experimenting in the kitchen often. “No one really cooks that much in my family, so I decided to try cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, I noticed that a lot of my family members and my friends like to eat out [pero] sayang naman because there’s so much good stuff at home,” she explains. “I just look for whatever is there at home, and then I’ll make something out of it. After a while, I was like, ‘Hey, I’m not so bad at this! I can actually do this.’ That’s when I started liking cooking.”
Fast forward to six years later, the young actress’s confidence in the kitchen has grown. Now back in Manila and living in her own home, her spic-and-span kitchen and dining areas reflect her love for simple meals. “I like to cook easy things so that there’s less mess to clean afterwards. I try to make dishes as simple as possible,” she shares. At the same time, this glam-but-streamlined space keeps her inspired to dream of bigger culinary goals, including opening her own restaurant someday.
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The open layout of the kitchen and dining areas keep the space streamlined. The young actress describes this as her favorite spot of her house. “I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, even when I’m not cooking. I just like being in the kitchen, for some reason—it’s my safe place.”
Small Space Tip: Create an illusion of bigger space by making use of mirrors. In Max's home, mirrors take up an entire wall.
A chandelier and gold details like the accent chairs and curtains add a touch of glam to the neutral-hued dining and kitchen areas.
The kitchen features an efficient layout that allows Max to move around freely while cooking her favorite dishes.
If you also enjoy cooking, you need to finalize a kitchen layout that suits your space. Make sure you allot space for the three major work centers in the kitchen—the storage center (refrigerator), the clean-up/preparation center (sink) and the cooking center (oven).
A short flight of steps help separate the kitchen and dining areas from the living space. Since one area flows freely to the next, Max can entertain friends and guests even while cooking.
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