Monday, November 29, 2010

Farm kitchens and quaint corners

While not my usual preference, tonight I was browsing online and found some lovely farm kitchens. I find the distressed touches and old-fashioned warmth very sweet.

I'm a big believer in doing your kitchen to match the bones of your home. If you have an ultra-modern condo, that lends itself to a specific style of kitchen. If your house is a 1925 cottage, you can lean towards a worn and vintage look.

I think a kitchen that looks well-used but functions perfectly (and secretly has incredible, brand new appliances) might just be the perfect fit for the right home.

What do you think? Would you plan your renovation to be in keeping with the era/style of your home?


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hello beautiful!

I just want to let you know, I'm in love. Something about the dark wood and green wall just calls to me. First of all, my faorite color is green. Second, I LOVE a tidy organized closet. Obviously this is totally staged (nobody has three of the exact same pink dress lined up in a row), but I love it anyway. In my dream world, my closet would be perfectly color coordinated with gorgeously simple storage bins to hide any miscellaneous or mismatched items.

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We are working on a couple custom closet projects right now. Take a look at our portfolio to see what we've done already. We'll update it with new pictures once we finish our current projects in the Water's Edge building in downtown Clearwater.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Showing off your style, safely, in your kitchen

I want to take a moment to share a few tips about how to show off your style in your kitchen. Whether you spend $10k, $20k, or $100k on your kitchen, you ar likely to live with your choices (for better or worse) for quite a while. Most people don't renovate their kitchens every couple years, and nor should they have to!

This first picture is the ultimate example of WAY to much of your personal style being more or less permanently impressed on your home. The wildly painted cabinets and loud tile backsplash are both bad choices, not just because they are ugly (sorry to you sea-themed decorators out there!), but because they are difficult to change when your taste does.

Ths second kitchen is perhaps more tasteful, but still the perfect example of a classic mistake. Pink kitchen counters along with the pink backsplash are again going to remain in your kitchen long after your obession with pink has faded. And of course, should you decide to sell your house at some point, your buyer is not likely to have your same love for the feminine.

This final picture below shows that you can add a splash to your kitchen without making a long-term commitment. The chair covers, accessories, valances and even the wall color in the next room are all easy to change and relatively inexpensive. This kitchen obviously reflects the home owner's tastes without locking them in to lime/chartreuse cabinet doors with fruit-shaped door handles.

If you want some help with you design choices in your own kitchen, send us an email!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tall, dark and modern

I ran across these two modern duo-toned kitchens tonight and thought I'd share the inspiration. I think they both would perfectly suit a modern or loft apartment...or maybe even a wide-open house with lots of windows.

The simple linear cabinet doors, straight hardware, and the fact that the upper cabinets are a lighter contrast to the lowers is what makes this kitchens modern but not too cold.

I also love that both kitchens have ultra light-colored floods compared to the cabinets.

Would you go bold and modern in your house? If you'd like us to design a kitchen to perfectly suit your home and style, let us know!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The power of black

It seems to me that the color black carries with it a statement. Sleek black cars with tinted windows, the little black dress and the black cat that walks boldly across your path are all noticed. They might be admired, feared, loved or despised, but they are certainly noticed.

I think it takes a pretty bold person to create a black kitchen, but it certainly makes a statement, sometimes even a beautiful one. 

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Dr. Pepper Kitchen

The title of this post isn't a joke (Dr. Pepper Kitchen), this really is Dr. Pepper's kitchen...Dr. Ellendee Pepper of Seattle.

Somehow this kitchen pulls modern and traditional together seamlessly. I love the stainless steel accent around the countertops, love the dark wood, but what really pleases me are the upper cabinets. I ran across this kitchen on Elle Decor's website, and in the article they say that the kitchen has a low ceiling. I think the unobtrusive, glass-doored uppers are perfect for opening up the room, keeping it light up top and they almost give the impression of windows.

What do you think? Is there anything you'd change?

If you'd like us to design a kitchen like this for you, just let us know!
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