The kitchen studio
Berit Nordstrand, a Norwegian doctor, cookbook author, and influencer, approached the design of her new HTH kitchen with a clear vision in mind. At the top of her wishlist was the desire for the kitchen to be the heart of her home, while also serving as a functional film studio for her content creation.
Berit Nordstrand is a dedicated advocate of improving one's quality of life through simple yet impactful strategies. As a trained medical doctor, speaker, influencer, author, and mother of six, she passionately shares her insights and knowledge with others. You can find her on Instagram at @bnordstrand, where she showcases her exciting projects and endeavours.
Residing in the picturesque old town of Trondheim, Berit Nordstrand and her family live in a charming traditional Norwegian wooden house known as "Casa Nordstrand." This serves as the backdrop for her family life as well as her professional pursuits in promoting health and happiness.
"I consider myself an enthusiastic researcher who leaves no stone unturned, and I invested considerable time and effort in finding the ideal kitchen supplier. "
- Berit Nordstrand
In-depth kitchen research
"There are numerous factors to consider when pursuing the dream of a new kitchen. I extensively explored various kitchen companies and evaluated their offerings. Eventually, I chose HTH because they were able to meet my specific requirements," says Berit. Once the decision was made, Berit enlisted the expertise of Nina Heie, an experienced kitchen expert from HTH, who provided inspiration and guidance throughout the kitchen journey.
"I feel that I have received the utmost support and guidance throughout the process," Berit expresses, further adding, "I am highly satisfied with the choices I have made. The collaboration with Nina has been secure and excellent. She attentively listened to my desires and designed a kitchen that has now become the heart of our home, a functional home office, and a delightful space to be in."
The ideal kitchen studio
Berit Nordstrand's kitchen is truly exceptional as it serves a dual purpose, functioning not only as a kitchen but also as a creative studio where she produces content for platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and her personal blog. With 110,000 followers, Berit inspires her audience daily on how to lead a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing quality of life. Furthermore, her blog attracts over 2 million visitors annually, making her a prominent figure in the health and wellness community.
When considering the design of her kitchen, it was crucial for Berit to be able to work in the kitchen while being filmed. The ideal solution was to incorporate an integrated extractor hood into the hob on the kitchen island. This ingenious design choice ensures that the extractor hood does not obstruct the camera's view, and it also provides Berit with additional storage space—a win-win situation.
Furthermore, the spacious L-shaped kitchen is brimming with functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions. Berit emphasizes, "My kitchen should be both practical and visually appealing. I wanted organized drawers and cabinets, as well as solutions that facilitate easy work and efficient cleaning."
"I want a kitchen that exemplifies exceptional craftsmanship and proven quality."
- Berit Nordstrand
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Solid wood slats and Base Laminate
In "Casa Nordstrand," a charming traditional Norwegian wooden house adorned with a blend of new and old furniture, Berit carefully considered the style when selecting the cabinet doors for her HTH kitchen.
Berit explains, "With an old house, a mix of new and old furniture creates a harmonious atmosphere, and wood complements the soul of the house while adding warmth to the decor." Inspired by this aesthetic, she chose the Nordic Spirit slat door, which perfectly captures the desired style.
For the tall cabinets and wall cabinets, Berit opted for the Base Green model, which boasts a durable Base Laminate surface. Reflecting on her choice, Berit shares, "When filming in the kitchen, it's essential to minimize reflections from the doors and worktops. The matte surface of Base is ideal for my work." Additionally, she highlights the practicality of Base Laminate, as it is resilient and doesn't show fingerprints, making kitchen life significantly more manageable.
"I don't need to spend my time constantly polishing fingerprints off worktops and cabinet doors to enjoy my kitchen."
- Berit Nordstrand
The perfect worktop
When it came to selecting the ideal worktop for her kitchen studio, Berit had two essential requirements in mind: avoiding light reflection during photography and filming and ensuring durability to withstand heavy use.
After careful consideration, Berit chose an exclusive ceramic worktop with a matte surface that met her criteria. The chosen worktop, Dekton Radium, not only provides a sleek and stylish appearance but also offers exceptional resistance to hot pots and regular usage.
The brown tones of Dekton Radium beautifully complement the solid wood slats of the base cabinets, creating a harmonious and cohesive aesthetic in the kitchen.
Berit further highlights the practicality of the ceramic worktop, noting that substances like beetroot juice and turmeric do not stain it. This quality proves invaluable as she extensively utilizes her kitchen for various activities.
In summary, the ceramic worktop chosen by Berit Nordstrand combines both functionality and aesthetic appeal, providing a reliable and visually pleasing surface for her kitchen studio.
Maximize kitchen storage
When planning her new kitchen, maximizing storage space was a top priority on the wishlist. Given her large family and frequent guests, optimizing the available space became crucial. Here are the solutions she chose to meet her storage needs:
Organized tall cabinet
"My tandem pull-out cabinet provides me with shelves that extend outward when I open the door, offering a perfect overview of all my pantry items," says Berit. "With this solution, there's no hiding at the back of the cabinet anymore. I can easily access and organize everything, ensuring nothing gets lost or forgotten."
Space-saving plinth drawers
"I'm truly thrilled with my new expansive drawer plinths that offer ample room for storing a variety of items, including extra cutlery, candles, napkins, bulbs, tools, and batteries," says Berit. "The generous storage space allows me to keep everything organized and easily accessible, making my kitchen more functional and efficient."
Corner cabinet optimization
"The LeMans pull-out is a game-changer for me as it provides easy access to my juicer, blender, hand mixer, and kitchen machine whenever I need them," says Berit. "Before, these appliances used to clutter my kitchen worktop, but now I'm utilizing the corner space efficiently and keeping my countertops clear.
"My kitchen is more than just a functional space. It's a welcoming gathering point where both family and guests can thrive."
- Berit Nordstrand
Practical kitchen features
Berit Nordstrand's kitchen features a spacious, extra-wide kitchen sink and a stylish black Quooker Flex.
"The extra width of the sink makes cleaning baking trays and roasting pans effortless as there's ample space for everything," says Berit. She adds, "I'm also delighted with my choice of a Quooker, which not only provides cold and hot water but also boiling water. It's incredibly convenient for cooking, making a quick cup of tea, sterilizing cutting boards, and more."
When Berit Nordstrand films her cooking and other activities in the kitchen for her large online following, having a large and obstructive hood would be inconvenient. Instead, she opted for an AEG hob with an integrated downdraft extractor.
"The integrated downdraft extractor effectively draws cooking fumes downwards, preventing them from spreading throughout the room and settling on curtains and furniture. Cooking bacon, in particular, has become a delight with significantly reduced food odours in the house since we installed the downdraft extractor," she explains.
The extractor hood is connected to a floor channel that efficiently channels the cooking fumes out of the room. Additionally, the hood features a built-in collector, making it easy to empty in case of any spills or overflowing food.
Beautiful interior design details
As a dedicated kitchen enthusiast, Berit Nordstrand is always searching for interior design details that can enhance both her family's daily life and her professional work in the kitchen. Here are some of the carefully chosen details she has incorporated:
Berit's kitchen benefits from ample natural light, with a large window and glass door connecting to the garden. To ensure optimal lighting conditions for photography throughout the day., she has installed a professional ceiling lamp.
To ensure easy access and a clear overview of her spices, Berit has incorporated a spice organizer in one of her kitchen drawers. This practical solution allows her to quickly locate and identify the spices she needs while cooking.
In Berit's kitchen, there is a narrow shelf along the wall at the same height as the tall cabinets. It serves as a practical storage space for cookbooks and other essentials, adding a touch of personality to the kitchen.
"I love the special proving program and steam baking feature in my combi oven. It creates irresistibly light and airy bread with an exceptionally crispy crust."
- Berit Nordstrand
When selecting appliances for her kitchen, Berit had specific criteria in mind:
"I prioritize appliances that not only look beautiful but are also user-friendly and offer the necessary functions," explains Berit.
She ultimately chose AEG appliances, renowned for their elegant design, high-quality construction, and versatile features.
Berit particularly enjoys using the steam oven, which proves invaluable when preparing meals for her large family. "Previously, I had a separate Sous Vide machine for cooking meat, seafood, and vegetables, but with the built-in Sous Vide program in my new steam oven, I no longer need that space-consuming appliance," reveals Berit Nordstrand.
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