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Black and White Patterned Kitchen

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A dark palette is anything but boring when a black and white tiles and a mix of patterns are involved.

I am drawn to darker rooms these days; must be the bright springtime sun. Although I’m not brave enough to do this in my home, I find the mix of patterns and limited color palette intriguing.  But black and white tiles in the floor of this kitchen sets the theme and make it all work. The upper cabinet and open shelves are painted flat gray against a black wall.  The rest of the kitchen is painted a bright white, creating a dramatic niche. … Continue Reading


Spanish Island Kitchens

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Spanish kitchens on the Balearic Island of Formentera use rustic natural materials for unique kitchen look.

Sandy white beaches and clear turquoise seas call most people to an island, but the architectural beauty of the homes cannot be dismissed. In these Spanish kitchens, concrete cabinet shells with rustic wood plank doors and drawer fronts offer a fitted look that still retains a natural edge. The hardware is simple, like everything else in the room. An expanse of wooden counters provide plenty of prep and serving space.  The lack of upper cabinets draw eyes toward the casement windows, and beyond.  Concrete floors are lightly stained a golden color. … Continue Reading


West Hollywood Italianate Kitchen

italianate kitchen with custom round steel hood owned by designer Dan Marty

Original features almost a century old are still sought after details today.

It’s not often you run across a magazine kitchen that has been virtually untouched since its completion in the 1920’s.  Los Angeles designer Dan Marty was the lucky occupant of this historic Villa d’Este apartment when these pictures were taken several years ago. I originally kept the article for the building’s Italian architecture and the quirky stove hood, which looks like a cross between a submarine telescope and a flattened Victrola phonograph horn.  The hood is a feature worth repeating, as are the arched barn wood doors hiding cupboards. … Continue Reading


Pantry Pride

Alabama stone cottage pantry with double french doors

Kitchen features come and go. The pantry is no different.

Although they have been around for centuries, in the 1950’s pantries became less common in American homes.  Walk-in pantries began making a comeback in the late 1990’s and are now one of the most requested kitchen features. But many of today’s homeowners expect more from their pantries than just “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place” space.  Everything from dry foods and canned goods, to cookbooks and dishes and even small appliances are finding their way into these carefully planned storage rooms. Painted or stained fixed shelves wrap the room, making the most of the space.… Continue Reading


Tailored White Kitchen

white kitchen cabinets with open shelving and antique wooden lyre base table

A French table with lyre base anchors this bright white kitchen

Atlanta Designer Suzanne Kasler worked her magic to keep the interiors second only to the marsh and Pocotaligo River views  in this wonderful coastal South Carolina Brays Island home. This kitchen is located in the “bunkie house,” which is third in line behind the main home and guesthouse.  Wouldn’t you like to see the other kitchens?!

The room is anchored with a lyre-base French table.  I much as I like the simplicity of the white benches, I cannot imagine keeping them clean.  Outdoor fabric is always an option, and as production has come a long way it is sometimes not easy to tell. … Continue Reading


White Pine Beach House Kitchen

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Whitewashed eastern white pine brings the colors of sand inside

Simplistic and rustic are usually not the first words that come to mind when I’m asked to describe a beach house.  But that is exactly what the owners of this timber-frame home received from their architect.  It is located in Seaside, Florida,  a “new urbanist” town that began development in the 1980s and is famous for its architecture, walk-ability and urban spaces.

The Florida Panhandle is known for its sugar white beaches, and the water and paint mixture washed over the eastern white pine brings the sand colors inside.  Open cabinets and a vintage plate rack display every day dishes. … Continue Reading