Archive | Rustic Kitchen

Rustic, country, primitive or cottage kitchens made with natural materials, stone, tile or major features.

Contemporary Ranch Kitchens

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Those of us who live east of the Mississippi don’t see many contemporary ranch kitchens these days.

I adore the tongue-cheek style of the log cabin kitchen in the Designer Log Cabin. And I’m a huge fan of Weathered Wood Kitchen Islands. So was quite taken by the full-on wood looks of these contemporary ranch kitchens in upscale Wyoming and Montana ranch houses. Well equipped, but casual, they fit the definition of rustic in very special ways. Best of all, there isn’t a white cabinet in the bunch!

I have a special affection for light wood and yellow kitchens.… Continue Reading


Weathered Wood Kitchen Islands

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Why a weathered wood kitchen island shows how fashionable this special surface has become.

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


Open Hearth Kitchen

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A wood burning kitchen fireplace can help create the aura of old construction in a new house.

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. A wood burning kitchen fireplace in a home by Arizona designer David Michael Miller offers a master class in interpreting this look with a restrained and exceptionally refined outcome.… Continue Reading


Rustic Kitchen Redo

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A few changes redefine a French rustic 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 now not-so-rustic kitchen in the current issue of Veranda [top].  Having grown tired of the decor, Pierce did a remix of contemporary pieces with the existing antiques.  A marble-topped charcuterie table has been replaced with a custom stainless steel island.  The oversized lantern, once so trendy, was deleted. The 19th century French butcher shop steer remains.  Pine plank cabinet doors were traded for a clean slab door with simple knob. … Continue Reading


Stone Wall Kitchens

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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


Eclectic Spanish Kitchen

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Built to reflect a passion for the Mediterranean, a Spanish kitchen reigns as a timeless beauty.

The desire for an intimate “old” home led a Southern California couple to downsize. Yet they still needed room for their large family to gather. Merle and Ron Mardigian partnered with Liza Kerrigan to design a Spanish 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