Tag: white kitchens

Inspiring Ideas For Kitchen Counter Styling

August 3, 2019

Looking for a fresh look in your kitchen? Sometimes just mixing things up and rearranging items on the counters can make a huge difference:

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Start by taking EVERYTHING off of your counter tops. Then add your appliances you need to keep out and then style it pretty!

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Accessories such as chairs in a wood grain is a beautiful textural element in the kitchen especially if it is all-white kitchen. Also use wooden cutting boards in various shapes and sizes for a beautiful look:

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And a simple tray works well corralling in your smaller items. I posted about kitchen decorating with trays here and here:

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You can bring life into any kitchen by adding a potted plant or fresh flowers to your counter:

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Or succulents:

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Or a little herb garden:

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My best tip when styling is to be sure not to add so much that the counter top looks cluttered. Love this simplicity, don’t you?:

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It allows you to have room and space to spread things out to cook and work on.

Cookbooks can be a great way to bring a little bit of color into your kitchen too!

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A collection of vases at varying heights is an easy and inexpensive way to make a statement. They look so nice with a mix of flowers in the kitchen, (and everywhere else too!)

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Another great way to bring softness into the space along with window treatments is with pretty kitchen tea towels:

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Hope this gave you a few inspirational ideas to use in your home. You spend a lot of time in the kitchen, make it beautiful for you!

And yes, I do use affiliate links at times and if you purchase anything, I make a little profit. A win-win for both of us!

Have a good weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Pendant Lighting

July 13, 2019

Hey everyone! Mike and I have been busy moving forward with plans on our new home. We are now working on electrical and lighting. There are ALOT of lights we have to choose! We decided to start looking for lights for the kitchen first and  I thought over the island would be a good place to start.  Here are a few of my favorite pendant lights I found.

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Shades of Light:

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Or this:

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I have noticed more kitchens displaying two larger lights instead of the traditional  three:Read More

Steps When Planning a Kitchen Renovation 101

July 28, 2018

This summer I have been working with a local couple on their complete vacation home makeover. They decided to start with the kitchen and wanted me to discuss the right steps to follow when planning a complete redo of their kitchen. My first suggestion to them was to find a contractor to work with. That is not easy I know! The contractor will be able to hire the sub-contractors needed for demolition, electrical work, plumbing, permits, etc. Meanwhile, you will have to chose the components that are going into the new space and if you want to avoid stress later, these steps will help guide you in the overall process.

They are redesigning the kitchen area top to bottom. Here is a before photo:

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Step One for the Kitchen:

As I tell all of my clients, their first big decision should be the countertop. (the most expensive item in the room and least amount of selections.) Right now both quartz and granite are still the most popular choices. My biggest tip when buying a new countertop is to GO to where the stone is whole. You can look at the little samples and online to get an idea of what you like, but you must go to stone yard to choose your large piece for counters to see exactly which piece you are getting because every piece is unique:

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How To Warm Up an All White Kitchen

August 12, 2017

A reader recently wrote and asked,  “I have always wanted an all white kitchen and now that I have my dream white kitchen, it seems boring and uninteresting. Do you have any suggestions on how I can warm up my cold, sterile looking kitchen? ”

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I have come across this dilemma with clients before. We see all of these beautiful photos of all white kitchens and want to duplicate the look so everything brought into the room is white. I too love the look of white kitchens, but sometimes they can feel too plain and lack personality.

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My first suggestion is to bring fabric into the room. Using fabric can soften a space as well as bringing in color with items such as window treatments:

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Reader’s Questions Answered

April 2, 2017

Hey everyone! I thought I would share a few  questions from recent clients and readers with informative and useful answers:

*  I’m planning on painting our lake house great room Revere Pewter. It has a pitched ceiling with black walnut beam.  Stone fireplace in grayish tones.  I am following your advice to do casings in White Dove.  I would like to add some definition to windows/grids/sliding french doors by adding a darker version of Revere Pewter or something in same color family.  Any advice?

Your home sounds beautiful! If you are looking for a darker version of Revere Pewter, take a look at Ben Moore Thunder AF-685:

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Thunder is another soft, warm neutral paint color that is very popular today. Read More

Benjamin Moore 2016 Color Of The Year

October 7, 2015

If you have not already heard on social media, Benjamin Moore has chosen the color Simply White OC-117 as the color for 2016.

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Simply White is a warm white without all of those pesky undertones to worry about contrasting with. It is a very constant color and does not change in various lighting sources. A beautiful neutral that I am excited about!:

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I read an interesting article from Architectural Digest today featuring Ellen O’Neill who is the creative director at Benjamin Moore and the mastermind of choosing the colors of the year, here. She stated when asked, how did white become a color of interest?:

We were in Paris at Maison et Objet in January, and we had just come off of a photoshoot all about whites. Then it was the summer of the white shirtdress. Even last week with the pope—another gift from the universe—you’re looking at millions of people lining the streets and you can find him. It’s strong. It’s directing your eye. It’s a beacon.”

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Did you notice all the white on the fashion runway this past summer? A color always seems to appear in the fashion industry first, then it is brought into our homes.

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Simply White OC-117 is cleansing and fresh. Why do you think so many people love white kitchens? I think it is because they not only love the clean, fresh, uncluttered look but also because a white room is never trendy or dated.

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What do you think of Simply White with wood finishes?:

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So what do you think of the the new color of the year, Simply White? I think it is a beautiful and sophisticated color that will not go out of style. I’m in! Why not white? Let me know what you think!