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How Do I Love Thee…A Kitchen That Has It All

lymankitchenThis post should really be titled “how to add character and warmth to your white kitchen,” but really that title would be kind of boring.  What truly grabs my attention about this kitchen which was featured in the June 2012 issue of House Beautiful Magazine is how designer Samantha Lyman used numerous elements to make this space truly unique and incredibly inviting.

How do I love thee…let me count the ways!

  • Dark stained oak floors in contrast to the white upper cabinets make a dramatic statement
  • Antique French armoire custom fit to nestle in-between the modern, shaker style cabinets adds character
  • La Cornue range in stainless steel is both traditional and industrial at the same time (a statement piece in itself)
  • Walnut island countertop stained dark brown adds a richness and a warmth that complements the cooler marble perimeter countertop
  • Gray painted island is a nice contrast to the white painted upper cabinets and grounds the island in the space
  • Vintage pendants made of copper and enamel over the island give the kitchen a rich history and add even more character
  • Honed Calacutta marble countertop is a classic material that develops a beautiful patina over time
  • Starfire glass backsplash back-painted white gives a clean, contemporary look and reflects light in the space

Samantha Lyman has created a stunning kitchen that is functional, beautiful, interesting, and unique all at once.  The overall look that she has achieved demonstrates that by adding interesting elements to a kitchen with clean white cabinets, you can create a space that is both warm in its overall feel and ultimately full of character.  And wouldn’t you want every space in your home to feel that way?  I would!

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This Month’s Featured Kitchen: The New Traditional

When the April issue of House Beautiful  arrived, I was excited to see that this month’s featured designs reflected a celebration of “the best traditional style now.”   I waited until I could find a quiet moment to savor every page, and when I saw this kitchen designed by Connie Newberry of Gerald Bland, Inc., I knew I had to write about it.  There are just SO many things to love about this beautiful space.  

How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways!

  1. Wide plank floors — aged to perfection!
  2. Farm table with fabulous (and somewhat unexpected) chairs
  3. Paneled banquette with a raised back — to hide all of the pots & pans used to make every delicious meal
  4. Vaughan lamps placed on the countertop — I love different types of lighting in a kitchen!
  5. Wire door fronts on select cabinets  with a contrasting paint color on the interior adds just a pop of color
  6. Simple cabinet door style and hood (I’m liking the exposed hinges, too!)
  7. Is that a bar area off to the left with a separate sink and dishwasher?  Delightful!
  8. Small kitchen desk with just enough space to get things done but not enough for piles of paper
  9. Striped rug underneath the table adds just the right amount of casualness to the space (great mix of high and low with the more formal lyre-back chairs, don’t you think?)
  10. The use of both mahogany and stone countertops adds just a little bit more interest and warmth
  11. And finally, I love the clean lines of the goose-neck faucet and simple polished cabinet hardware

Who says traditional has to be old-fashioned?  I think today’s “new traditional” is a lasting look.  House Beautiful is definitely onto something!

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