Archive | Kitchens

Kitchens of all styles and colors to inspire renovating, redecorating or dreaming.

Embellished Farm Sinks

embellished farm sinks - custom gray stone farm sink with phrase engraved on the front - buckminster green via atticmag

I’m taking a break from holiday themes to look at four really beautiful embellished farm sinks.

Kitchen geek that I am, I collect farm sink photos especially those with unique features. In high end kitchens this year, I saw embellished farm sinks expanding in size and importance. And four different approaches to the fronts the sinks help make them more elaborate and even personalized.

Engraving [top] – Custom stone sinks can be fabricated in many different ways. This dark beauty, in a modern kitchen with what appear to be sustainable bamboo cabinets, has a flat front that sits flush with the sink base cabinet.… Continue Reading


Red Backsplash Kitchen

red backsplash in glass mosaic tiles with white grout in a Swedish kitchen - via Atticmag

This red backsplash uses glass mosaic tile  between cabinets like paint — from counters to ceiling.

It’s rare to find the color red is used in a bold way to create a visual theme for a contemporary kitchen with no red cabinets. But the red backsplash in this Swedish apartment kitchen shows us how to do it impeccably. Essentially, this is a contemporary white L-shape kitchen, with white walls and white minimalist cabinets. So it’s logical to have red glass mosaic tile fill all the space between cabinets on both walls — like paint. I call this of counter-to-ceiling tile treatment a “eurosplash” because it’s the way European kitchens are usually tiled.… Continue Reading


White Cottage Kitchen

white cottage kitchen - California beach house kitchen with vintage Chambers stove - house beautiful via atticmag

A white cottage kitchen with restored vintage appliances and a pair of blackboards offers a great blend of old and new.

In a renovated Northern California beach house, Benjamin Moore’s Snow on the Mountain paint was used as the icy white coating on the ceilings, shelves and cabinets — a blizzard like treatment that’s often found in Scandinavian kitchens, too.  White marble counters help keep the kitchen bright against dark stained wood floors which vividly point up the whiteness. Two blackboard surfaces — one on the dining side of a peninsula and the other on the refrigerator wall — provide areas for word art and soulful phrases written in white chalk.… Continue Reading


Contemporary Red Kitchens

contemporary red kitchens - Jenn Air appliances marry well with red - via atticmag

Considering a red kitchen? Think about the chic of going contemporary.

That’s because most of the modernistic red cabinets have a glossy red lacquer finish. With their clean lines and a slick surface these cabinets really look great in red. For me, it’s a dazzling look. As a plus, red is a natural partner for stainless steel so appliances tend to coordinate effortlessly with hardware and other contemporary style fixtures. A high rise “concept” kitchen [top] was created to showcase a Jenn Air pro-style range. Classically, it features a wall of high-gloss red cabinets with minimal handles in stainless. The concrete floor blends very well with the cool metallics.… Continue Reading


Built In Refrigerator Intelligence

built in refrigerator - 36-inch bottom mount Miele KF1911 - atticmag

Today, the most critical measurement for any built in refrigerator is the fridge cabinet depth.

Anyone looking to invest in a built in refrigerator needs answers to a few simple questions: Which refrigerator is best? How long will it last? What’s the warranty? Can I get service in my area? Is the service reliable and prompt? And perhaps most important: how can I get the best deal? The last question is key today when a built in refrigerator is likely to eat up $5000 to $12,000 of the kitchen appliance budget. And since the size and design of a cabinet for the fridge is specific to the brand and preferred installation style, complexities and costs multiply.… Continue Reading


All Black Kitchen Kitchen of the Year

all black kitchen of the year for 2014 by Steven Miller - Whirlpool gas cooktop, Gold Wall Ovens and Kraftmaid Onyx cabinets - house beautiful via atticmag

Behold House Beautiful’s all black Kitchen of the Year in the 2014 San Francisco Designer Showcase house, a 1920s mansion with a view of the bay.

Opposites attract. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the mainstream press has begun to call the kitchen color shift — from all white to all black — a trend. For bloggers like me this is hardly news. Back in March of this year, my Dark Kitchen Drama post, documented the all black kitchen and nearly black kitchens I’d been seeing, including a designer beauty in Sweden. Modern all black kitchens have been around quite some time as four black kitchen posts (below) also show.… Continue Reading