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Maple Furniture Kitchen

range niche with Wolf dual fuel in custom maple cabinet kitchen

For natural wood, glazed kitchen cabinets, it’s the grain and detailing that matters.

It’s rare to come across a maple kitchen with a vintage American furniture look and not find it just a trifle staid. But when the cabinets are exquisitely made, proportioned and glazed, the result is as timeless and as classic as this custom wormy maple kitchen in Chicago.

Perhaps most surprising is the lack of contrast. From the honey-glazed maple cabinets to the granite counters and the tumbled marble backsplash it’s much the same tone. Even the stone-tile floor blends in.  For me, the most-handsome area is the SubZero refrigerator and freezer armoire [top] with arched paneled doors that close against an intricately detailed refrigeration cabinet.… Continue Reading

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Indigo Cabinet Kitchen

Texas kitchen with indigo blue cabinets designed by Bunny Williams

A kitchen designed as a decorative showpiece and for entertaining

Elegant  cabinets and a beefy range hood in the color of distressed indigo blue jeans give this beautifully designed kitchen a real Wow! factor. It takes a huge space to carry off this highly original color combination and the loft ceiling with exposed wood beams contributes to the old-world atmosphere of a Texas ranch.

The kitchen– designed by Bunny Williams —  has an all-glass arched door, screened by natural-wood plantation shutters, that opens to the outside and provides excellent natural light that’s needed with such dark cabinets.

On the striking range wall,  an imposing chimney hood draws your attention to the cooking center with its Viking pro-style range and additional under-counter oven to the left.… Continue Reading

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Driftwood Kitchen

all-gray traditional kitchen with black-glazed cabinets

This subdued gray feels masculine — like the kitchen equivalent of a flannel suit

Gray-washed cabinets with a black glaze, a neutral mosaic tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances create a monochromatic tone throughout this otherwise traditional kitchen.   While someone might think ‘why gray with this style?’ it makes sense on a bright day when bright natural light floods the space via a large skylight in the vaulted ceiling.

With the cooktop in the island, pendant lights are expected. As a result of the ceiling height, these are deftly suspended from a set of handsome but unobtrusive rails. The wealth of appliances including two dishwashers, a warming drawer and a TV built in over the ovens bespeak a big budget.… Continue Reading

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Warm White Kitchens

Charlotte Moss cream cabinets with delft tile backsplash and toile skirted sink

Mix a few opposites for a refreshing custom look and feel

Everyone has heard the phrase “opposites attract,” but when can that be applied to a kitchen?  Mixing the old with the new, the sleek with the chic, the hard with the soft, the dark with the light… well, you get the idea.

A chic custom island is made from an old chest of drawers, coffee table and a pair of night tables placed back to back.  I would love to see the entire piece and searched for it unsuccessfully.  The variety of shelves, doors and drawers are topped with granite and its classic detailing contrasts nicely with the stainless steel range wall. … Continue Reading

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Alabama Stone Cottage

laundry room with stone flooring Tulsa architect Jack Arnold

Tour our Allison’s idyllic lakeside home

Calling a 5 bedroom 4-1/2 bathroom home sitting on 4-1/2 acres a European cottage is by way of describing the style of the house our very own Allison and her husband lovingly built on an Alabama lakefront lot.

Designed by Tulsa architect Jack Arnold – who the couple has never actually met – the house was three years in the planning. “I saw a house he’d done in a magazine years ago but never dreamed we would have a house designed by him,” Allison explains. “We sent off for his information and came up with a floor plan that would work with our lot.… Continue Reading

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More Inspired Design Showhouse

brown leather daybed with silver mirror

Tour the second NYC apartment that celebrated extraordinary women

A large amount of space has been devoted to the Inspired Designs Showhouse here in New York City. It features two apartments full of rooms — nearly 10,000 square feet — created by 15 top designers as a benefit for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder. Each room was inspired by an extraordinary woman chosen by the designer.

I toured one apartment and returned to see the second, slightly smaller space. So start the second-day tour here. Or, start with the first apartment.

Both are new luxury condominiums at 535 West End Avenue, where prices range between $8.5 and $25 million.… Continue Reading

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