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Honeycomb Tile Kitchen

Ann Sacks Nottingham honeycomb tile backsplash in a neutral kitchen by Beth Webb - via Atticmag

As a backsplash to set the tone for a neutral kitchen there’s nothing like dimensional honeycomb tile.

When an internet mogul built a vacation home in Costa Rica, Atlanta designer Beth Webb was hired to create the décor. Channeling the dark, rustic Latin look of homes in Central America, and mixing it up with the needs of second home for upscale clients, the result was classic, elegant and yet slightly exotic blend of whites, creams and taupes. In the kitchen [top] that meant a neutral scheme, one of subtle richness based on Ann Sacks’ dimensional Nottingham honeycomb tile in Veil. A honeycomb pattern is small scale, easy on the eyes and yet visually distinctive.… Continue Reading


Celebrity Kitchens Are Just Like Ours

celebrity kitchens - Tommy Mottola and Thalia’s white and stainless steel kitchen with pro ovens - AD via Atticmag

Are celebrity kitchens just like ours? The answer is yes, and why is something of a surprise.

When I saw these four celebrity kitchens in Architectural Digest I thought to myself: they re not especially formal, they have a variety of styles, and they were created according to the needs and wishes of the owners. That’s what makes them just like ours.

Take the all-white kitchen, with stainless steel accents, [top] in the Greenwich, Connecticut home of Mexican pop star Thalia and her Casablanca Records exec husband Tommy Mottola (Mariah Carey’s ex). With two small children and a love of entertaining, the expansive kitchen fits Thalia’s definition of informal luxury — “we cook, we eat, we have music,” the singer said. … Continue Reading


Contemporary Ranch Kitchens

contemporary ranch kitchen - yellow and gray barn ceiling ranch house kitchen - onsitemanagement via atticmag

Those of us who live east of the Mississippi don’t see many contemporary ranch kitchens these days.

I adore the tongue-cheek style of the log cabin kitchen in the Designer Log Cabin. And I’m a huge fan of Weathered Wood Kitchen Islands. So was quite taken by the full-on wood looks of these contemporary ranch kitchens in upscale Wyoming and Montana ranch houses. Well equipped, but casual, they fit the definition of rustic in very special ways. Best of all, there isn’t a white cabinet in the bunch!

I have a special affection for light wood and yellow kitchens.… Continue Reading


Black and White Illusion Kitchen

Steven Gambrel kitchen - black and white New York illusion floor kitchen - S.R.Gambrel via Atticmag

I’ve long admired the great design of a handsome black and white Steven Gambrel kitchen.

What’s interesting to me about this iconic Steven Gambrel kitchen is how it skillfully employs the ultra-popular black-and-white theme though not in the usual way. Rather than focusing on white cabinets with black counters, the designer has taken it very boldly to the floor and walls through the use of tile. Glossy black bricks tiles behind the range and on the remaining backsplash essentially create black walls articulated by high contrast light grout. Equally dramatic, and even more muscular in terms of effect, is the 3-D illusion floor created by a black, white and gray small-scale pattern on cement tiles.… Continue Reading


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


Contemporary Fireplace Kitchen

kitchen fireplace - Contemporary Downsview cabinet kitchen with fireplace in the wall - ledesign via atticmag

A stunning way to take the idea of  “warm” literally is to install a kitchen fireplace.

A sleek gas kitchen fireplace – installed into a wall of cabinets – is a unique feature of a post-industrial-style Vancouver kitchen. Sometimes referred to as a “hole in the wall” fireplace, this one floats in the wall, spreading the warmth of its flickering flames at eye level. The fireplace  occupies prime real estate on this wall but it’s a unique idea and a focal point. There’s ample storage in drawers below the fire box and open shelving on each side plus a SubZero wine refrigerator nearby.… Continue Reading