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Aspects of Yellow Kitchens

yellow kitchen features - white kitchen with taxi yellow backsplash - barry dixon via atticmag

Did you know that yellow is the most visible of all colors? That’s why yellow kitchen features show so well.

That’s also why yellow used for traffic signs, pavement markings and for low-vision computer keyboards. I knew it was the lightest hue but never connected that with it being so easy to see. It’s also the color of the sun as well as many foods, and known to be mentally stimulating and cheerful. So while it might not be the most popular kitchen color (though I chose it for mine) yellow kitchen features are a logical choice to draw attention to some aspect of the room.… Continue Reading


Gray and White Striped Marble

gray and white striped marble bath with chevron floor

Classic stripes make a modern splash in the bath.

As Shakespeare said, what’s in a name?  Referred to as Equator Marmara marble in this Paul Anater bath, the large format stone was laid in a checkerboard pattern on the floor, vertically on the tub surround and horizontally in the glass enclosed shower.

Used as wainscoting and called Asher marble in this Ann Sacks bath, it has a modernist appeal.  Herringbone-style tiles on the floor are a stunner.

Also from Ann Sacks is this tub alcove where every square inch is covered.  It has too much of a Fun House feeling for me, in a place where I would rather relax. … Continue Reading


Turquoise Harlequin Kitchen

breakfast nook in Diamond Baratta turquoise kitchen

Colorful tiles create a harlequin pattern when set on the diagonal

Who said white cabinets have to be boring?  It’s the details that matter, and if anyone knows how to keep a kitchen from being bland it’s Diamond Baratta Design.  Their signature harlequin pattern is achieved on the range wall by turning four-inch custom-color tiles on the diagonal and setting with minimal grout lines.  The turquoise color is pulled onto the counters with French lava stone and glass door cabinet interiors painted Benjamin Moore Burbank Blue.  A Franke pot filler provides water for the Viking professional range with stainless steel hood. … Continue Reading


Mirrored Lattice Walls

Lattice styles by Accents of France

Trellis is most-often seen outdoors and in sunrooms

Admirers of French-style decorating probably know about trellis – a decorative wall treatment fashioned from intricately worked wood strips that are applied as panels, traditionally to formalize walled gardens. While diamonds and squares are the lattice shapes created by the criss-crossed strips, arches, circles and even more complex shapes are used.

Trellis is most-often seen outdoors and in sunrooms. So when I came across two wonderful examples in a kitchen, dining room, bathroom and on cabinet panels, it seemed time to note its possibilities as an alternative (though a far more costly one) to bead board.… Continue Reading


Panel-Front Sink with Drip Rail

white panel-front farm sink with drip rail

Essentially, a drip rail is a fancy piece of cover-up molding

This panel-front farm sink — with its molded front and pronounced lip —is mounted under a marble counter with a sculpted ogee edge. Because the sink is so thick all around, it has a positive reveal with the marble pulled back slightly to expose the top rim.

While the marble has lovely figuring my eye is immediately drawn to the dark drip rail below the sink — a signature of top kitchen designer Christopher Peacock. In theory the rail will keep water from streaking down the sink cabinet below and it’s a great decorative detail.… Continue Reading


Canadian Stone Mansion Kitchen

Butler's pantry in the Canadian stone mansion kitchen at Maus Park

How do you describe a kitchen with exposed brick walls, stone floor, and a big black La Cornue?

Franco-rustic, maybe. Oil paintings in gilded frames flank the range’s stainless back guard which supports a pot filler faucet and matching Viking hood. More charm is ladled on by marble-topped country cabinets (notice open storage below the drawer on the left). Gobs of accessories (note the stainless storage rack over the painting on the right), and a starched towel may betray an overzealous stylist however there are real features here, plus a super mix of antique and new.

The 16 x 14-foot kitchen is found at Maus Park, a stately historic home near Toronto, built from local Canadian stone in the 1850s and owned by an antique dealer.… Continue Reading