Age = character. So when wide-plank wood boards age naturally (which happens on flooring or barn siding) subtle variations in color including amber and gray tones appear. Those coordinate especially well with stone and metals so one logical place to showcase reclaimed wood planks on a weathered wood kitchen island, where they become a focal point. The conventional attitude about barn or weathered wood is that it’s most successful for country looks. But designers, using it like paneling, are mixing it into industrial, traditional and even modern kitchens with great success.… Continue Reading
Rustic, country, primitive or cottage kitchens made with natural materials, stone, tile or major features.
Creating the aura of old construction in a new house is sometimes called organic or materials-based.
The western United States has often led the way in creating homes which exude the informality of a European farmhouse or country house — without actually being a farmhouse or being located in the country. Such an approach leans on stone walls, steel casement windows, and weathered wood beams of the type found in centuries old French or Italian dwellings built before the advent of drywall. An Arizona kitchen by designer David Michael Miller offers a master class in interpreting this look with a restrained and exceptionally refined outcome.… Continue Reading
A few changes redefines a French kitchen.
Several years ago, Jane featured the charming Mother Daughter Rustic Kitchens [below] belonging to Houston designers Pamela Pierce and Shannon Bowers. I instantly recognized Pierce’s not-so-rustic retreat in the current issue of Veranda [top]. Having grown tired of the decor, Pierce mixed contemporary pieces with the existing antiques, even in the kitchen. A marble-topped charcuterie table has been replaced with a custom stainless steel island. The over-sided lantern that has become so trendy was deleted, but the 19th century French butcher shop steer remained. Pine plank cabinet doors were traded for a clean slab door with simple knob. … Continue Reading
Old-house stone walls add patina and character to modern kitchens.
When we lived in Italy I fell in love with the old stone walls in the ancient houses and marveled at how modern fixtures and features mixed in. Stone always adds a certain degree of rusticity yet at the same time it dominates. So in a way stonewall kitchens are work for contemporary spaces because the organic color tends to soften flat modern lines.
What I mean by stone dominating is clear in the minimalistic kitchen [top] that barely intrudes on the room. With the small window smack in the center of the main wall and a sizeable radiator near the door, options are fairly limited.… Continue Reading
Built to reflect a passion for the Mediterranean, “Kitchen Week” continues with another timeless beauty.
The desire for an intimate “old” home led a Southern California couple to down-size, yet they still needed room for their large family to gather. Merle and Ron Mardigian partnered with Liza Kerrigan to design a kitchen addition for their new Spanish-style house. The room was enlarged and the roof raised to create a dramatic groin-vaulted ceiling. Cherry base cabinets were made a few inches taller and deeper, and toe-kick drawers were included to make up for the lack of upper cabinetry.
A custom stainless steel hood designed by Merle resembles draped linen. … Continue Reading
Charm and comfort, even in the laundry room.
A reclaimed stone floor, natural oak woodwork, and a play of raw and finished surfaces is mixed with carefully chosen antiques in an ancient farmhouse that shows why Belgian style has become so celebrated. Rustic but elegant, the house was renovated by interior designers whose taste range from mid-20th accessories to traditional European furniture.
The kitchen and dining areas are open spaces unified by the midnight-blue reclaimed stone floor, which appears so black it ties into the black-painted wall in the business end of the kitchen. There, a shallow stone sink is flanked by oak shelves on each side of the sink window.… Continue Reading