More popular in Europe than in the U.S., conservatories are glass walled and ceilinged structures added onto a house as a garden or sun room. They are synonymous with greenhouse rooms or sun porches. These days, with formality on the way out, the concept of a conservatory is easily applied to the kitchen and with spectacular results. This kitchen style is a BOGO — designed like a greenhouse by the way the ceiling and windows are configured. One lovely example is the English-inspired Gothic Revival Kitchen which has a conservatory-dining space and kitchen in an open-plan room.… Continue Reading
Kitchens of all styles and colors to inspire renovating, redecorating or dreaming.
In some kitchens, a seating area can be restricted by structural elements such as windows, doors or pillars.
Two summers ago I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing top kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio when he created a Kitchen of the Year for House Beautiful magazine. One of the main points stressed during his introduction was not about the work triangle, appliance quality, or even about cabinets which are usually the most expensive fixture. Topic A was how kitchens had morphed into living spaces that made seating a key element. So built-in booths or banquettes, which can be fitted into awkward spaces have become a well-loved solution.… Continue Reading
Over the last ten years, the 2003 Something’s Gotta Give kitchen (actually a movie set) provided a much-copied formula for a popular black and white look: white Victorian-style cabinets with black counters and accents. That scheme created crisp, high contrast drama. The latest variation on the black and white theme is simpler. I’m seeing white kitchens with light counters and only a single dark accent — a black French range. Both Lacanche and CornfuFé offer stunning French-made ranges in a variety of black and near-black finishes, both matte and glossy.… Continue Reading
I’m always on the looking for kitchen ideas that feel new or innovative, ones that set this room apart and keep it looking current. That’s not always easy because kitchens – traditional, modern, rustic and even cottage styles — have settled into a certain visual language over the past ten years and aren’t budging much. These days, really new kitchen ideas and features are found on the contemporary or modernist side, as we saw in the hidden cabinets of the Curved Oak Kitchen, or the Under Counter Refrigeration in a kitchen of that same name.… Continue Reading
How does a kitchen look with Andy Warhol’s neon cow but no full-size refrigerator? The answer is: just great!
Under-counter fridge/freezer drawers can replace a conventional refrigerator in certain kitchen situations. A large fridge might not be needed, or there may not be enough space on an unbroken wall. In the case in this kitchen (formerly a rental apartment) it is likely both. The owners, a high-end furniture restorer and his companion, have no family meals to prepare. Space and light at a premium on the ground floor of their 1864 French Empire house in New York City, which has a side yard.… Continue Reading
A high rise apartment in Sydney with showstopping curved oak paneling plus a glassed-in extension.
One of the more interesting minimalist kitchens I’ve encountered features bold horizontal curved oak planks on a dividing wall [top]. The gray-oiled color reminds me of old French Limosin oak wine barrels. Actually, the radius curve is made possible by special wood planks made by mafi, an Austrian supplier of timber planks and oiled flooring with distribution in Australia. Extending from the entry of the open-plan apartment around and into the cooking-dining space, the paneling covers the interior wall and becomes a general backdrop. A central island has an induction cooktop set flush, and a base clad in matching oak planks.… Continue Reading