What Kitchen Dreams Are Made Of…

November 16, 2022
Thanksgiving kitchen with dining table and pumpkins

We need not remind you of next week’s upcoming holiday. The invites have been sent, travel plans solidified, and the menu finished. As preparations gear into full swing, we would be remiss to not highlight the room where all the magic happens: our kitchens.

Frequently referred to as “the heart of the home,” Thanksgiving often leaves it the “heart of the storm.” Hence, a thoughtfully designed kitchen—one that gracefully balances function and fashion—is never more appreciated than this time of the year.

A sun-lit kitchen with white marble countertops and natural wood cabinets.

Plus, read to the end of this blog for details on a special holiday season giveaway (cough, cough, a West Elm gift card) that will add a little extra sparkle to your holiday festivities. 

Seating for everyone

A modern kitchen with island seating and banquet seating.

Maybe you haven’t previously used your kitchen for seating beyond an island stool or two, but truthfully, can you ever have too much seating? As you prepare to welcome the masses, the question becomes: How can I add seating that will look great and more efficiently use my space?

We’re so glad you asked.

Banquet seating is an attractive option for any kitchen. All you need is a few feet of space—be it a previously unused wall or opposite a kitchen island—where you can add bench-like seating.

Perfect islands and countertops

A sleek, modern kitchen with dark cabinets and an oversized island.

So much action happens around the island; its commanding presence states your personal tastes and style. And, let’s face it: the more counter space, especially at Thanksgiving, the better. 

While marble is a tried and true favorite, perhaps its porous and soft nature doesn’t make it a worthwhile investment for active chefs and bakers. In the last few years, quartz, stone, wood, and stainless steel have shot to popularity for being both beautiful and durable alternatives. Once you select a material, the fun truly begins as you tailor your kitchen island to your exact needs. Hidden plugs? An additional sink? Paneled dishwashers disguised as normal drawers? The options are endless.

All the bells and whistles | Details worth investing in

A white kitchen with white countertops, a double oven, and kitchen stools.

The accouterments of your dream Thanksgiving kitchen really depend on your specific needs—the type of chef, baker, and entertainer you enjoy being.

Do the turkey, casserole, and brussels sprouts all need to be in the oven at the same time? That’s not a problem with a double oven (like the Viking RVDOE330SB), an opulent yet practical way to ensure each dish is hot and ready at the same time. 

Often overlooked, the distance between the sink to the stove can be challenging with a pot of yet-to-be-boiled water. Not only is a pot filler a clever solution for this conundrum but it also leaves guests impressed. 

Kitchen appliances and their ever-evolving suite of capabilities exist to mindfully compliment the luxury of a home personalized to your lifestyle. 


If we listed all the options, we would all be here for a while. When it comes down to building your dream kitchen, only one person has the entire vision: you. With your chosen updates, gone are the days when a host could barely enjoy their guests’ company. 

We are loving the kitchens that bring your guests to you—making sure that you enjoy your holiday events as much as those lucky enough to be spending them with you. 

With that being said, here are two of Engel & Völker’s listings with kitchens designed to deliver you a lifetime of incredible Thanksgiving gatherings:

2470 White Pine Lane

This modern, Park City home’s kitchen is outfitted with ample seating, island space, and top-of-the-line Gaggenau appliances—creating an open flow between gathering spaces for your guests. As the table is set, and people’s company enjoyed, the sunset over the mountains will surely create an unforgettable backdrop for your Thanksgiving holiday.

2470 White Pine Lane is currently listed for $29,950,000 by Paul Benson of Engel & Völkers Park City.

3751 N Greenview Avenue

A luxury living room with round table and fireplace and big windows.

This Chicago townhouse is the epitome of gorgeously renovated and updated classic grandeur. What could be better than the Thanksgiving season? With top-quality appliances, a butler’s pantry, a food pantry, and a sizeable center island, the kitchen is both elegant and highly functional. An additional breakfast table is a perfect bridge for its open concept—merging the kitchen area with the all-important family room and fireplace. It’s entertaining, made easy. 

3751 N Greenview Avenue is currently listed for $3,100,000 by Jennifer Ames of Engel & Völkers Chicago.


And on the topic of kitchens…how does a $200 West Elm gift card to purchase new kitchen accessories sound? If you answered ‘good’ then we’ve got you covered with our Thanksgiving Giveaway*. 

To enter to win simply follow the below steps:

  1. Follow Engel & Völkers Americas on Instagram
  2. Check out today’s Instagram story
  3. Respond to the question sticker with your top holiday hosting tip for your chance to win.

All those who participate with a sticker response will be entered to win a $200 West Elm gift card*.

From everyone here at Engel & Völkers, we wish you the best start to the holiday season.

*Giveaway Rules:

Giveaway is open to legal residents of the US and Canada (excluding Québec) who are 18 years of age or older, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees and their immediate families, affiliates, supplies, advertising and promotion agencies and ineligible to participate in the giveaway.

Entries will be accepted starting November 16, 2022 and ending November 21, 2022 at 11:59pm EST. All entries must be received by November 21, 2022 at 11:59pm EST..
On November 22, 2022 one entry will be selected at random and announced on Engel & Völkers Americas Instagram story. The winner will also be notified by direct message on Instagram on November 22, 2022 and will receive the $200 USD West Elm gift card electronically to the email of their choice.

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