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[room of the week] the ultimate kitchen

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I fell in love today. Head over heels in love with this: the ultimate kitchen. This divine creation combines my two obsessions -white cabinetry and exposed brick.  H-e-l-l-o.

The cabinetry is very modern but the scuffed wide plank floor, industrial stools, and chalky brick really tone it down. And if you didn’t examine it closely already, take a look at that gorgeous chandelier!

This is definitely my favourite kitchen to date, but if you need more of a kitchen fix you can look at my previous kitchen round-ups here and here.

(image: house to home via the fabulous design file)

more white kitchen inspiration

March 22, 2011 2 comments

I continuously save inspirational photos of kitchens I love.  And usually, those are white kitchens.  You may recall from my last kitchen post, I am enamored with the clean and classic look of the white kitchen.  Today I am sharing a few of my recent finds which are mostly white but there are a few new elements thrown in.  Take a look!

Absolutely love the white on white. Understated but elegant chandelier. Contrasting wooden stools.

 

This looks like a comfortable family kitchen. I especially love the modern lines of the island to contrast the traditional white cabinetry.  I’m not sold on the cream back splash and paint, I would prefer to see white subway tile or marble.

 

Simple but lovely pendants over the island.  Amazing dark floors to ground the space (what is that wood?!).  Love that marble back splash.

 

This back splash uses marble tiles. Less $$ than the solid sheets but just as much style.  The lower cabinetry is looking good in grey.

 

And finally, moving away from all white I had to include Tommy Smythe’s kitchen. The black lowers and trim are working for me.  I usually gravitate towards wood flooring but this herringbone tile looks fantastic in this kitchen.

(images: 1-julian wass, 2-buttrick wong , 3&4-style at home , 5- tommy smythe on Facebook )

 

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[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new country

January 15, 2011 1 comment

It’s time for installment #3 of my take on Canadian House & Home‘s top trends of 2011. This week I am looking at the “New Country”. Gone are the red accents, borders, and kitschy prints. The new look is sleek and artisanal; country kitchens for the modern world. Think clean simple lines, whitewashed colour palette,  organic textures, hand-hewn tables,  and industrial appliances.

(images: 1-lonny mag, 2-the selby, 3-house of turquoise)

Here is my take on the look….

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You can read my first two posts on the Top Trends of 2011 here:  the new modern and the new vintage.

elements for the perfect white kitchen

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

White kitchens – they get me every time.  My ideal kitchen would be a mix of contemporary and traditional elements to create a bright, airy, casual, and inviting atmosphere. To achieve this I would include a combination of: white cabinetry, carrera marble or white subway tile back splash, hardwood floors, large functional island with pull-up seating, and industrial or bare bulb pendants.

Here is a sampling of kitchens I am drawn to….

Love the contrasting espresso trim and height of the upper cabinetry. Beautiful glass pendants. However I find the chairs a little too matchy-matchy with the rest of the room. I’d like to see something a bit more casual, such as these ones below.

Crisp, clean, classic back splash. Amazing floors. Great mix of traditional, contemporary, and rustic.

Love the huge range cover with shelf.  But I am wondering about those chairs – do the homeowners have toothpicks for thighs?

Great industrial pendants. The dark counter tops add some weight to balance that huge centre island. Love all the natural wood.

Perhaps a bit too country for my taste, but I do like the ceiling and cabinetry.

Definitely a feminine kitchen. The soft wallpaper is a nice alternative to white walls.  I like the upper display cabinets.

More modern than the others but the carrera marble back splash adds texture and depth to the otherwise sleek look.  The bare bulb pendants add warmth and style.

Another great mix of styles – modern cabinets, rustic floors, traditional lighting, contemporary furniture.

And I just had to include this teeny tiny white kitchen. Apparently size doesn’t limit style and function!

(images: 1-6 decor pad, 7 the marion house book, 8 skonahem, 9 pure kitchen)