Archive | Kitchens

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

French Bistro Shelves

French bistro shelves - freestanding bistro shelves with metal feet in the Tillinghast Estate kitchen - Yawn Design via Atticmag

French bistro shelves - freestanding bistro shelves with metal feet in the Tillinghast Estate kitchen - Yawn Design via AtticmagFrench Bistro shelves are making cameo appearances on kitchen islands and counters.

Like most shelving in the kitchen, these traditional French bistro shelves have a specific character which can make them a great accessory. Long used in restaurants  for displaying food, wines or collectibles they also were partial screens to block certain lines of sight while at the same time revving up appetites.

In home kitchens — particularly on an island — bistro shelves may be focal points if not conversation pieces. The glass shelving is transparent, so what goes on the shelves is showcased by the metal support posts. The bottoms can be separate metal disks like the lightly scaled set in a Florida estate kitchen decorated by Yawn Design [top].… Continue Reading

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Diva de Provence Range Kitchen

Diva de Provence custom gas commercial range in a Connecticut kitchen - Elle Décor via Atticmag

Diva de Provence custom gas commercial range in a Connecticut kitchen - Elle Décor via AtticmagIt’s rare to see a kitchen where the focal point is a custom Diva de Provence gas range with traditional old-world style.

Diva de Provence ranges are a rarity because the Diva brand is no longer available in the U.S. and Canada except through commercial kitchen suppliers. Previously known for pioneering induction ranges, the Diva withdrew from the U.S. and Canadian markets about five years ago. However, Diva evidently will still make a custom commercial style gas range. These don’t come with conventional warranties or service so special arrangements through a restaurant supplier, are required.

To that end, Connecticut designer Emma Jane Pilkington turned to Maverick Cuisine, a New Jersey based restaurant design company to supply the Diva for her own home.… Continue Reading

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Geometric Tile Kitchen Backsplash

geometric tile - Snowbank patterned cement tile from Mosaic House - hellokitchen.net via atticmag

geometric tile - Snowbank patterned cement tile from Mosaic House - hellokitchen.net via atticmagNothing creates a more lively kitchen backsplash than geometric tile!

Geometric tile patterns are great repeaters of colors and shape — that’s their beauty and their cool look. That effect can be accomplished with a variety of tile types from cement to encaustic because colored patterns are integral. But what’s trending these days are large-scale geometric patterns that add modern notes to kitchens, even those which are rustic or cottage style.

Moroccan tiles have signature geometrics like Snowbank [top], an aqua, gold and white pattern from Mosaic House, a NY tile retailer favored by designers such as Steven Gambrel in the Black and White Illusion Kitchen.… Continue Reading

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Cast Iron Stove Island Kitchen

cast iron stove repurposed as a kitchen island with Carrara marble top and prep sink by Studio Peregalli - Elledecor via Atticmag

cast iron stove repurposed as a kitchen island with Carrara marble top and prep sink by Studio Peregalli - Elledecor via AtticmagA 19th-century cast iron stove found new life as the base of an island in a London mansion kitchen.

Square, and not extremely large, this unique cast iron stove island has amazing green cred plus extraordinary character and presence — from the contrasting brass inserts in the doors to the beefy handle on the former front of the range.

It’s one thing to repurpose a wooden antique such as a hutch, dresser or even an old piano — which was done for a quirky Victorian home I featured in my Old Piano Kitchen post. But for this 1881 brick house restoration, Roberto Peregalli and his design partner Laura Sartori Rimini required specialized craftsmen to essentially remake an antique stove.… Continue Reading

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Swedish Loft Kitchen

loft kitchen - dark gray open loft kitchen in a Swedish apartment is open to the living space - AlvhemMakleri.se via Atticmag

loft kitchen - dark gray open loft kitchen in a Swedish apartment is open to the living space - AlvhemMakleri.se via AtticmagA loft kitchen, on the top floor of a 19th century apartment building in Sweden, is a dark dazzler.

This small compact kitchen combines economies of space often required in apartments with dramatic dark gray walls and cabinets that help it seamlessly blend into the adjacent living space — and enhance it. The kitchen’s palette offers no color — cabinets are plated slate gray, satin black with white marble counters and backsplash. And as kitchens go, this one is dark — very dark.

loft kitchen - dark gray Swedish loft kitchen open into living space with oriental rugs and fireplace  - AlvhemMakleri.se via AtticmagThe very deep gray color works, in part, because there is abundant natural light from large dormer windows in the roof.… Continue Reading

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Open Kitchen Shelves

open kitchen shelves - dishware storage on white cantilevered shelves mounted on white subway tile - house beautiful via atticmag

open kitchen shelves - dishware storage on white cantilevered shelves mounted on white subway tile - house beautiful via atticmagKitchens are more interesting as rooms when they are move away from fortress cabinets to open kitchen shelves.

Think of it this way: no other room in the house has furniture lining every inch of every wall, floor to ceiling, so why should the kitchen? I think it’s time to let go of the “gotta hide it” urge and allow serveware, cookware and other accessories to be displayed as well as stored on open kitchen shelves.

These ten kitchens offer a variety of ways to approach open storage. And while many of the accessories displayed in these kitchens look carefully arranged (because they are styled for photography) a more casual approach is equally valid and practical.… Continue Reading

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