Leafing through some magazine pages I had clipped, I spotted a set of charming, jade-green kitchen shelves. This unit is really special and it happens to sit over the sink in interior designer Laura Robinson’s “back kitchen,” on one side of the huge kitchen-great room-breakfast room space in her home. In the secondary kitchen [top] there’s a sink, dishwasher, dish cabinets, refrigerator drawers, and trash bin but the focal point is the shelf used to display a collection of dishes and decanters.
The Robinson shelf was clearly a cousin of the black-painted $14,000 English architectural display cabinet, dated ca. 1780, I had seen and photographed at the Winter Antiques show.
Either Mrs. Robinson, or her kitchen designer Mary Kathryn Calonje, were familiar enough with English cabinetry (though perhaps not this specific example) to use it as a source. This kind of coincidence shows the value of saving photos that help in the planning and conceptualization of any room, but especially a kitchen that is open to other rooms and needs to have its own unique character.
I still have the photos of the Swedish manor houses that provided the color scheme for my own house and especially my multi-color kitchen backsplash. Doesn’t everyone save pictures that inspired their house dreams?
For more on Laura Robinson’s kitchen see Kitchen Cabinets with Skirts.
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