Integrated appliances can be designed to fade away or steal the show.
It’s an appliance needed by all and hated by many – especially me. Given a do-over, I would either hide our side-by-side in the walk-in pantry or buy a different appliance so it could appear more furniture-like in our open floor plan. A recent post by Jane, Refrigeration in Disguise, featured exquisite Asian and European inspired integrated refrigerators and freezers. One of the comments was from Francie, who said she would love to find one in the cottage style. Maybe I’ll be able to save her some time – I had already pulled photos for future posts. Since cottage can mean different things to different people, a variety of the style, from rustic to chic, was chosen. This daring twig version has an arched top with clock looming over a full size fridge freezer pair. I’d like to see the entire room, since this photograph makes it appear to be a jumble. Still, using twigs brings the outdoors inside and is perfect for a rustic cottage.
Now, we’re talking! Barn-style doors with strap hinges. Arched top with heavy, but simple, trim. Divided glass mullions. Distressed, glazed and that gorgeous color – I am in love. While paired with simple white cabinets in this kitchen, it could make an even larger impact on a wall by itself.
Old fencing was used for the Sub-Zero panels and cabinetry in this cottage kitchen. The handles are made from galvanized pipe, which echoes the galvanized metal shelves and counters. Some would say too shabby, others country chic.
This farmhouse kitchen features the same Sub-Zero as the kitchen above, but tung and groove pine panels and wrought iron hardware gives it a totally different look. The pine is continued across the upper cabinets, but lowers are painted. All eyes are drawn to the fabulous centerpiece – a vintage stove. Whether you want to showcase the integrated units or make them disappear, a little creativity and a good craftsman can help you achieve your goal.