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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3 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.


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