My design strategy for a kitchen is pretty simple. It is not a space you decorate. I don't like patterns, bright colors or anything that isn't functional. For me, a kitchen must look and feel functional - like a workshop. It must look clean and uncluttered, it must have a big island, and it feel inspiring to you.
KITCHEN #1 : Classic Cream with Butcher Block, Glass Front Cabinets, and Rustic Accents
I'm going to have Mike make a mini version of this island for our new house - it is going to house our built-in refrigerators.
I love the shinny nickel plated hardware - very classic without being trendy.
Again, I like the polished nickel fixtures - especially this raised faucet. I love the butcher block counter with the apron front soaking sink.
Another shot of the display cabinet - this shot also shows the grey paint on the wall. This is a similar color to what I had on our Fairway house. I love the old-fashioned clasps on the upper cabinets.
KITCHEN #2 : Old Fashioned Classic
This kitchen reminded me of Martha Stewart's Skylands kitchen in Maine. The wood gives a feeling of warmth and it feels like it has been there forever - a good sign that it will not soon go out of style. It feels like a kitchen built in the 1920's out of which the staff cooks grand meals for the family of the house.
There was a built in butcher on the island above either warming drawers or refrigerator drawers - I forgot to look.
Double thick marble - I don't know if I am a fan of this "fancy" beveled countertop, but it is probably well-suited to this grand kitchen.
This is built like an old refrigerator - old school icebox style. See this article on Martha Stewart's original icebox at Skylands.
This is the subzero refrigerator and freezer.
The island is a display and work area. Can you imagine turning out pies and sugar cookies on this thing during the Holidays? You know it is a good kitchen if it can conjure up visions of Holiday baking. One problem - I don't like the light fixtures. Sorry - the only bad thing!
The magnificent range and hood.
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