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Three Belgian Kitchens

belgian kitchens - white kitchen with antique Swedish dining table, upholstered armchair, fireplace and Aga cooker- Joris van Apers via Atticmag

Belgian kitchens have been highly influential because they present a beautiful lifestyle aesthetic.

I’m very late to the Belgian kitchens party. Over the past six or seven years they have been shown, explained, copied and widely admired. Classic Belgian kitchens — like these by designer Joris Van Apers — led the way towards the so-called “social kitchen,” which includes a dining room table and even upholstered furniture. Additionally, Belgian kitchens tend to have high ceilings, stucco walls, built in storage cupboards, stone or vintage flooring, and sometimes even a fireplace. For Americans, they represent “old world” looks and grace.

Joris Van Apers’ kitchens are especially refined and individual, a little rustic and exceptionally beautiful.… Continue Reading


Black Tie Kitchen

black kitchen cabinets - with white accents in a kitchen with block open shelving- Fairfax & Sammons Architecture via Atticmag

Black kitchen cabinets spark a fashionable color scheme with white accents and detailing.

This historic Italianate townhouse is dressed for any occasion with black kitchen cabinets — in its own version of the little black dress.  Tailored cabinetry features beaded inset doors with white accents outlining the panels.  A custom range hood also was painted pitch-black with white-accented panels to match.  The raised panel molding reads like a string of pearls — so chic.  Marble counters reverse the scheme since they are mainly white with dark gray veining. Together with an undermounted farmhouse sink offer ample space for prepping. Over-the-sink lighting is a white barn-style pendant.… Continue Reading


Refrigeration in Disguise II

hidden Sub Zero refrigerator with tung and groove pine panels

Integrated appliances can be designed to fade away or steal the show.

It’s an appliance needed by all and hated by many – especially me.  Given a do-over, I would either hide our side-by-side in the walk-in pantry or buy a different appliance so it could appear more furniture-like in our open floor plan.  A recent post by Jane, Refrigeration in Disguise, featured exquisite Asian and European inspired integrated refrigerators and freezers.  One of  the comments was from Francie, who said she would love to find one in the cottage style.  Maybe I’ll be able to save her some time – I had already pulled photos for future posts. … 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


Rustic Master Bath Retreat

rustic master bath custom sink console with open shelf

The custom tub surround is reminiscent of a French wall fountain

Wood salvaged from a North Carolina barn is rustic, yet romantic in this master bath retreat.  A Waterworks Cambridge tub nestles underneath an expanse of windows.  Its custom surround is washed in an oyster shell palette, with a backsplash detail and a wall mounted faucet reminiscent of a French wall fountain with trough.  The tone of the mirrored doors echo wood across the room.

Undermount sinks don’t distract from the marble topped console, which was based on an antique French draper’s table.  Tuscan brass Rohl Bridge faucets compliment the cottage’s metal windows. … 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