Over the last ten years, the 2003 Something’s Gotta Give kitchen (actually a movie set) provided a much-copied formula for a popular black and white look: white Victorian-style cabinets with black counters and accents. That scheme created crisp, high contrast drama. The latest variation on the black and white theme is simpler. I’m seeing white kitchens with light counters and only a single dark accent — a black French range. Both Lacanche and CornfuFé offer stunning French-made ranges in a variety of black and near-black finishes, both matte and glossy.… Continue Reading
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Welcome to Kitchen Week 2013! This year’s theme is ‘special features.’ We kick off with a unique glass roof.
When a house wins architectural awards, the kitchen rarely plays a role in its design. But in the case of Elliott House, a four-story contemporary glass and concrete home in London, the kitchen is key due to its location on the top floor and to the retractable glass-skylight ceiling. With the roof open [top], the kitchen is instantly transformed into an indoor/outdoor room with “natural” ventilation. Like the rest of the house, it has poured concrete walls and black granite tile floors.… Continue Reading
A pair of design ideas that deliver charm and convenience.
Aren’t we always looking for ideas that will make our day-to-day lives easier? It’s double the pleasure when the outcome is attractive. Instead of dark, hard to reach corner cabinets, install open shelving. These floating stainless steel shelves solve the dead space dilemma and are a place to display your everyday lovelies.
There is always the need for more counter space in a “cozy” kitchen. Safety first is of the utmost importance, but a primitive wooden stovetop cover could be the solution. With stove knob placement at the back, there is little danger of accidentally bumping or tiny fingers turning them on. … Continue Reading
The French armoire inset is only one trick of the trade used in this soft palette design.
Many from the kitchen obsessed crowd would begin buying for their dream kitchen with the French range. But designer Samantha Lyman and her client’s first purchase was the pair of vintage Dutch ship lights. The large scale vintage pieces are copper with an enamel coating, an amazing find, and flawless over the island. The warm brown-gray island (C2 Fusion) has a walnut counter that was bleached to get rid of its reddish undertones, then finished with warm chocolate stain. The island features a Waterworks Normandy prep sink paired with a Dornbracht Tara faucet. … Continue Reading
As “Kitchen Week” continues, pumping up a metallic finish in the color scheme can be amazingly effective.
Cabinet-look kitchens are particularly prone to hardware overload, especially with white since it’s such an effective backdrop. So the very first thing I noticed about this kitchen was the handles — all matching and lined up like a blacksmith’s army in drill formation. Yet the effect was surprisingly stunning since the handles matched not only the dark finish of the elegant steel-frame Palladian windows but their graceful arcs as well. How refined. Along with the white, the wood components (beams and floor) work as neutrals.… Continue Reading
Quick decisions don’t always look so well thought out, making us green with envy.
A recent post, Various Degrees of Green, featured kitchens where green was king. Various shades appeared on cabinets and walls, even a pea-green gingham ceiling. While the ceiling is often referred to as the fifth wall, the floor doesn’t often come into play as a major feature. It appears interior designer Melissa Ervin put the floor in this summer house kitchen first and foremost. In reality the Martin Senour “green leaf” paint was the solution when the new kitchen flooring did not match the old stained floors in the 1915 Victorian cottage. … Continue Reading