White Oak Cottage Kitchen

rustic white oak cottage kitchen by Melanie Pounds - House Beautiful via AtticmagThe starting point of this elegant cottage kitchen was the idea of living simply.

The desire to keep it simple led interior designer Melanie Pounds and her husband to purchase a small 1920’s cottage. Then Pounds designed the kitchen around their first joint purchase — an antique worktable the couple planned to use as an island.  The room is full of visually heavy pieces, yet they don’t weigh it down.  To my untrained eye, the trick is the use of only two colors — off white and black in addition to wood tones. That helps keep each element visually equal.

rustic white oak cottage kitchen by Melanie Pounds - House Beautiful via AtticmagIt’s hard to take my eyes off the warm wood of the worktable, but the dramatic soapstone range wall (above)  does the trick.  Pounds selected the heavily veined slab knowing it would look a lot like “art” above the matte black Lacanche Cluny range.  Counters are also soapstone, as well as the pair of Boston Williams farmhouse sinks — one on each side of the range.  Both were fitted with high arc Kraus faucets. Off-white painted plank walls continue around the custom hood with its white oak brackets.  The rough-hewn beams are also white oak, and the material is repeated again in the lower cabinets but with a reeded finish.

(Source: House Beautiful)

For more designs by Melanie Pounds see Black Lacquer Console Sink

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5 Responses to White Oak Cottage Kitchen

  1. mbwife November 22, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    now this is my kind of kitchen!

  2. RHome410 November 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    Love the heft of everything. That backsplash piece is spectacular.

  3. maurie August 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    do you by chance know the wall color?

    • Jane F August 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi Maurie,

      The issue will having the name of the wall color (which I don’t unfortunately) is that it can look very different from the way it does in your monitor. So I always suggest that, if you like the color, you print out the photo, take it to the paint store and ask them to color match it. You are far more likely to get the color you want that way.

      Alternately, you can try calling the designer and asking for the name of the color. Sometimes they are not very nice with those questions; other times it goes well. Sometimes they don’t remember or whatever. But you will likely need to provide a photo of the space you are talking about anyway. To that end here is contact info on the designer. Melanie Pounds, Mountain Brook Interiors • 236 Country Club Park, Birmingham, Alabama • 205.907.7002, info@mountainbrookinteriors.com

      Me, I’d print out the photo and head to the paint store. I’d love to know how this goes for you. Thanks for stopping by. Jane


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