With the growing appetite for wide-open interior spaces, today’s kitchens not only please the palette, they serve up eye candy as well.

Rewind home design about 100 years. Kitchens were an afterthought in the grand plan of a home – a small, walled-off room set aside for cooking meals and doing dishes. Big or small, high-tech or humdrum, the kitchen did its duty. Shut the door!

Nowadays, the kitchen has emerged as the heart and soul of the home. It reflects the way we live, eat, congregate and entertain. With the growing appetite for wide-open interior spaces, today’s kitchens not only please the palate, they serve up eye candy as well.

Here are 10 of our favorite Sarasota kitchens. Feast your eyes!

Love the Center Island

1820 Laurel Street, Sarasota, FL

We love the oversize center island. Calling all cooks! At the heart of this Downtown Sarasota home is an incredible high-end kitchen, anchored by a massive island where the cook is front-and-center, surrounded by solid-wood cabinetry, quartz countertops, farmhouse sink and Bosch appliances including gas cooktop with downdraft ventilation. The island can also seat six for dinner and flows into the family room which flows into the backyard pool area with fully-pocketed sliding glass doors. See photos, video and 3D Tour.

Love the Subtle Symmetry

1820 Laurel Street, Sarasota, FL

We love the subtle symmetry. The balance of this modern kitchen creates a feeling of refined stability. The oversize eat-in island anchors the space framed by sleek white cabinetry, clerestory windows and angular pendant lights for a fresh, modern look. See photos, video and 3D tour.

Love the High-End Appliances

1820 Laurel Street, Sarasota, FL

We love the high-end appliances. Located inside the Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences on the shore Sarasota’s Lido Beach, this sophisticated residence features an amazing kitchen with Dacor/SubZero appliances — professional refrigerator/freezer with glass door, two refrigerated drawes in the island, 5-burner cooktop, double wall ovens, built-in mircrowave and warming drawer. See photos, video and 3D tour.

Love the Coastal Motifs

1820 Laurel Street, Sarasota, FL

We love the coastal motifs. White shaker cabinets and quartz counterops keep this kitchen cleanly contemporary. Aqua vases, porthole mirror, wood-accent eat-in island and abalone shell chandelier add just the right touch of coastal whimsy. See photos, video and 3D tour.

Love the View

1820 Laurel Street, Sarasota, FL

We love the view. The crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico and sunny Sarasota skies are the ideal backdrop for this seaside kitchen. Located at the southernmost point on Siesta Key with endless Gulf views, this kitchen beckons the free spirit who wants to cook perched over the deep blue sea. See photos and video.

Love the Gorgeous Galley

1820 Laurel Street, Sarasota, FL

We love the gorgeous galley kitchen. 30×7 may seem like an awkward space for a kitchen, but good design rings the bell for this inspired Bird Key galley. Far from long and boring, two-tone cabinetry adds variety, large-scale floor tiles add scale and floral mosaic backsplash adds a bit of whimsy. See photos and video.

Love the Countertops

1820 Laurel Street, Sarasota, FL

We love the countertops. Hand-made, lime-washed, oven-baked, solid-oak counters by Schlabach Wood Design. Adds the perfect touch of warmth to the ultra-high-end kitchen in this beach-front estate. See photos and video.

Love the Eclectic Use of Materials

1820 Laurel Street, Sarasota, FL

We love the eclectic mix of materials. Stainless counters, butcher block island, hand-painted ceramic prep sink, tile backsplash, bamboo floor and whitewashed pine ceiling. Put ’em together and what have you got? See photos and video.

Love the Extreme Ikea

1820 Laurel Street, Sarasota, FL

We love the extreme Ikea. This kitchen combines the modularity and efficiency of Ikea cabinets with custom concrete countertops, wood-look tile accent wall and large casement windows. The look is surprisingly high end. See photos and video.

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