Kitchen by Tommy Smythe: How do I Love Thee?

This carriage house-inspired kitchen by Canadian designer Tommy Smythe has always been on my list of favorites.  Tommy is the assistant to HGTV host Sarah Richardson of Sarah’s House and Design Inc..  Showcasing homes that represent their design aesthetic alone would make for a great show, but their friendly banter as they work on design projects makes episodes featuring this duo “Must-See TV.”  So, just what is it that draws me into this kitchen?

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

  1. Slate floor laid in a herringbone pattern —  great visual interest!
  2. Oversized, vintage lantern (love the scale and patina)
  3. Cabinets:  white uppers and black lowers for a more casual, mis-matched look — love!
  4. Marble backsplash — timeless
  5. Mixed materials on the countertops — stainless with an integrated sink and marble for the rest
  6. French doors painted black like the cabinets = easy outdoor access and tons of natural light
  7. Cabinets that reach all the way up to the ceiling — create the illusion of height (and no room for unreachable dust bunnies)
  8. Vintage pine table juxtaposed against sleek stainless steel on counters and appliances — creates great tension
  9. Caned bentwood kitchen chairs evoke that bistro feeling

When classic materials are paired with more contemporary elements, it allows a room to keep current while managing to stay timeless.  In his carriage house-inspired kitchen, Tommy Smythe is able to create a space that is visually appealing, functional and a little bit unexpected.  To me, that’s a winning combination!

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2 Responses to Kitchen by Tommy Smythe: How do I Love Thee?

  1. Betsy McGuire says:

    Love the lantern …where can I find one? Would appreciate any help. I’ve been searching everywhere. Thank you…

    • courtney says:

      Betsy, I’m so sorry for the late reply but somehow your comment was held-up in my spam folder! Tommy Smythe’s kitchen was featured in the February 28, 2012 issue of House & Home Magazine. In that issue the lantern was discussed, as well as places where you can go to find similar lantern styles. Here’s a link to the post: If you have trouble finding what you like, I would be happy to help you further! Thanks for the comment!

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