ROOM TOUR: GRAND CENTRAL
An efficient work core and a spacious two-island plan promote family harmony in this busy but well-ordered kitchen.
Custom cabinet organizers help a busy family keep track of everything they need.
AS A CHILD, ERIN ROLLINS LOVED TO ORGANIZE HER DOLLS and rearrange her bedroom. “Organizing is still one of my favorite things!” she says. It should come as no surprise then that the kitchen in her San Diego home is a model of orderly conduct— even when her husband, Ken, and their three active children enter the picture in high gear.
Erin shares organizational tips at her blog, Sunny Side Up ( thesunnysideupblog.com), along with her personal home-building story. Working closely with an architect, she created her family’s dream layout that includes a mudroom and office by the kitchen (to stop clutter from entering) and a windowlined dining nook off the kitchen that’s out of the way of the home’s main traffic flow.
Today, almost every cabinet interior reveals Erin’s orderly touch. (The exception? Ken’s “mail and miscellaneous” drawer, lovingly created on request.) With its smart floor plan and well-planned storage, this family haven is packed with practical ideas.
1 TWICE AS NICE Open to the family room, Erin Rollins’ kitchen boasts two islands— one for food prep and one for the peanut gallery—so messy ingredients and homework stay separate. “A single island would’ve been too big,” Erin says.