Ultimate kitchens round 3!

Hi there. It feels great to be getting back to the drawing board and doing what I love most…..blogging! I am working on various design posts and getting back to what I love to talk about. Haven’t done a kitchen post in such a long time…think its overdue! For anyone who loves design, kitchens are always at the forefront of any discussion or photo collection. The heart of the home, the one room where everyone loves to hang out in, I believe a kitchen is one room that deserves the best you can afford.

Beautiful cabinetry, great appliances, abundant storage, beautiful finishes are all wonderful but above all else it must be a functional and practical space. There are so many styles of kitchens to love. While I love a white kitchen for its clean crisp aesthetic, a European feeling kitchen with a variety of finishes is my personal favorite, hence why I created the kitchen that we did for our own home. Trends come and go but there are some that are absolutely classic and timeless.

Marble being one such thing. I wouldn’t even consider any other countertop and would give up clothes buying for a year if I had to. I love the look of marble countertops. Some argue its not practical. Go tell that to the Italians and French bakers who have it all over their restaurant countertops and floors for years or the maintenance people who oversee The famed Spanish Steps in Rome..they have been there hundreds of years and still going strong!! It is the beautiful patina that comes with time and use that makes it so uniquely perfect in my humble opinion.

As kitchens have never been given so much attention, lighting has become an equally front row and center detail. So many possibilities! I like the function of small high hats (still the best working light) coupled with interesting lighting like a chandelier or belljars. So enough of my gabbing, take a look at this newest collection of kitchens that have caught my eye for one reason or another. How about you? What’s your style? What are your must haves in a kitchen? Do tell!

This is a beautiful space. The bold blue and white paper adds so much to this beautiful kitchen!

Bleached oak never looked so fabulous….love it with the Belgian bluestone in black, gorgeous!

My own kitchen…….have since replaced the barstools. I really love my kitchen today as much as I did when I created it almost two years ago (can’t believe its been that long)!

There is certainly something very appealing about an all white kitchen and luscious white marble counterops, Homebunch

Love the pale blue with white marble counter tops in this beautiful kitchen, the sconces are an unexpected touch too, Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath. Kitchen designer, Jenny Rausch.

Ellisa Cullman created this spectacular kitchen, very dramatic…love the “to the ceiling” cabinets

This beautiful kitchen has a similar feeling to my own, love the warmth the woods adds to the painted cabinets and of course the beams….Bill Litchfield

Mark Molthan created a beautiful and very inviting, cozy kitchen by combining a rich dark wood island with painted cabinets….gorgeous!

Great French inspired kitchen, love the mix of materials, big stone hood….fabulous and timeless! Homebunch


Thomas Pheasant did an amazing job creating a warm, inviting space out of this large family kitchen….love the added accents of blue and white, a rug, and the open shelving

When designing our own kitchen, this picture was one of my earlier/first inspirations…still love it! Traditional Home

Let’s face it….a “statement range” can easily make a pretty kitchen into an extraordinary kitchen!

Another very classic look…..the timeless appeal of black and white checkerboard floors, love this look!

There is something so warm and inviting about this white kitchen, think it could be the pretty pleated shade fixtures, like that look a lot!

Tall, long lean cabinets are a fantastic way to emphasize height in a kitchen with high ceilings
This look I LOVE, a copper pot collection, a warm stone oversized hood, baskets, a pretty chandelier, some elements of black..stunning!
Fell in love with this at first sight…these are sooo my colors and love that floor! House Beautiful
Talk about drama! Wow…this is one dramatic and beautiful kitchen, love the way the blue and white pops against the black!? Frederike Kemp Biggs
Another successful example of how colored cabinets can work so well…I think the key is making sure there is a “chalky” effect to the color, or a milky version of the color choice…..beautiful!
Yes, yes and yes! Just amazing….love a collection of beautiful copper pots and those high ceilings! Chateau Montgeoffroy
Always have liked gingham and think this oversized gingham accented kitchen is mighty charming! Emily Ann Designs

Gorgeous classic space, Elle Decor

Giselle and Tom Brady’s warm and expansive kitchen is as beautiful as it is functional

Interesting eclectic space with the stone wall and open shelving, Veranda

This is so warm and inviting, love the wing chair seating and gingham window treatment, Veranda

My kitchen again….love my belljars and reclaimed limestone floors, to me very classic accents

A few? of my personal favorite elements for a kitchen, start with flooring! Don’t skimp, it is truly the foundation for this space in more ways than one…..

 

Reclaimed limestone….as classic as it gets

LOVE this reclaimed Austrian terra cotta with the wood….fabulous!

And if you are going to use wood, how about this Versaille Parquet in a weathered finish?

COUNTERTOPS

White marble for a countetop goes literally with every style and every color kitchen, timeless!!

LIGHTING

 

Great lighting, for a more traditional look I love the classic feel of belljars (these are my online shop)

If you want something more transitional feeling, these round globe lights from Restoration Hardware are great looking!

 

And of course a crystal chandelier is a fabulous way to add beautiful lighting to a kitchen

Love the warmth and coziness that adding shades to island lighting offers

So much to? love here, what fun it is to design and dream up a new kitchen. I have to say every morning that I walk into mine, I love it as much as I did the day we moved in, there really is nothing I would have done differently, proof to try and get what you really love.? So tell me what style is your dream kitchen? What would be first on your wish list? I love to hear from you….so tell me all about it. Thank you for stopping in, if you want to see even more kitchen gorgeousness definitely? visit my Pinterest board “kitchen love”, by clicking here. Wishing you a fabulous day!

Also only two more days to take advantage of the beautiful promo for the newest Annabel Ingall bags, click here for details! I have a few bags left.

 

 

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Ultimate kitchens round 3!

Hi there. It feels great to be getting back to the drawing board and doing what I love most…..blogging! I am working on various design posts and getting back to what I love to talk about. Haven’t done a kitchen post in such a long time…think its overdue! For anyone who loves design, kitchens are always at the forefront of any discussion or photo collection. The heart of the home, the one room where everyone loves to hang out in, I believe a kitchen is one room that deserves the best you can afford.

Beautiful cabinetry, great appliances, abundant storage, beautiful finishes are all wonderful but above all else it must be a functional and practical space. There are so many styles of kitchens to love. While I love a white kitchen for its clean crisp aesthetic, a European feeling kitchen with a variety of finishes is my personal favorite, hence why I created the kitchen that we did for our own home. Trends come and go but there are some that are absolutely classic and timeless.

 Marble being one such thing. I wouldn’t even consider any other countertop and would give up clothes buying for a year if I had to. I love the look of marble countertops. Some argue its not practical. Go tell that to the Italians and French bakers who have it all over their restaurant countertops and floors for years or the maintenance people who oversee The famed Spanish Steps in Rome..they have been there hundreds of years and still going strong!! It is the beautiful patina that comes with time and use that makes it so uniquely perfect in my humble opinion.

 As kitchens have never been given so much attention, lighting has become an equally front row and center detail. So many possibilities! I like the function of small high hats (still the best working light) coupled with interesting lighting like a chandelier or belljars. So enough of my gabbing, take a look at this newest collection of kitchens that have caught my eye for one reason or another. How about you? What’s your style? What are your must haves in a kitchen? Do tell!

 This is a beautiful space. The bold blue and white paper adds so much to this beautiful kitchen!

 Bleached oak never looked so fabulous….love it with the Belgian bluestone in black, gorgeous!

 My own kitchen…….have since replaced the barstools. I really love my kitchen today as much as I did when I created it almost two years ago (can’t believe its been that long)!

 There is certainly something very appealing about an all white kitchen and luscious white marble counterops, Homebunch

 Love the pale blue with white marble counter tops in this beautiful kitchen, the sconces are an unexpected touch too, Martha Stewart

Ellisa Cullman created this spectacular kitchen, very dramatic…love the “to the ceiling” cabinets

This beautiful kitchen has a similar feeling to my own, love the warmth the woods adds to the painted cabinets and of course the beams….Bill Litchfield

Mark Molthan created a beautiful and very inviting, cozy kitchen by combining a rich dark wood island with painted cabinets….gorgeous!

Great French inspired kitchen, love the mix of materials, big stone hood….fabulous and timeless! Homebunch


Thomas Pheasant did an amazing job creating a warm, inviting space out of this large family kitchen….love the added accents of blue and white, a rug, and the open shelving

When designing our own kitchen, this picture was one of my earlier/first inspirations…still love it! Traditional Home

Let’s face it….a “statement range” can easily make a pretty kitchen into an extraordinary kitchen!

Another very classic look…..the timeless appeal of black and white checkerboard floors, love this look!

There is something so warm and inviting about this white kitchen, think it could be the pretty pleated shade fixtures, like that look a lot!

Tall, long lean cabinets are a fantastic way to emphasize height in a kitchen with high ceilings
This look I LOVE, a copper pot collection, a warm stone oversized hood, baskets, a pretty chandelier, some elements of black..stunning!
Fell in love with this at first sight…these are sooo my colors and love that floor! House Beautiful
Talk about drama! Wow…this is one dramatic and beautiful kitchen, love the way the blue and white pops against the black!  Frederike Kemp Biggs
Another successful example of how colored cabinets can work so well…I think the key is making sure there is a “chalky” effect to the color, or a milky version of the color choice…..beautiful!
Yes, yes and yes! Just amazing….love a collection of beautiful copper pots and those high ceilings! Chateau Montgeoffroy
Always have liked gingham and think this oversized gingham accented kitchen is mighty charming! Emily Ann Designs

Gorgeous classic space, Elle Decor

Giselle and Tom Brady’s warm and expansive kitchen is as beautiful as it is functional

Interesting eclectic space with the stone wall and open shelving, Veranda

This is so warm and inviting, love the wing chair seating and gingham window treatment, Veranda

My kitchen again….love my belljars and reclaimed limestone floors, to me very classic accents

A few  of my personal favorite elements for a kitchen, start with flooring! Don’t skimp, it is truly the foundation for this space in more ways than one…..

 Reclaimed limestone….as classic as it gets

LOVE this reclaimed Austrian terra cotta with the wood….fabulous!

And if you are going to use wood, how about this Versaille Parquet in a weathered finish?

COUNTERTOPS

White marble for a countetop goes literally with every style and every color kitchen, timeless!!

LIGHTING

Great lighting, for a more traditional look I love the classic feel of belljars (these are my online shop)

If you want something more transitional feeling, these round globe lights from Restoration Hardware are great looking!

And of course a crystal chandelier is a fabulous way to add beautiful lighting to a kitchen

Love the warmth and coziness that adding shades to island lighting offers

So much to  love here, what fun it is to design and dream up a new kitchen. I have to say every morning that I walk into mine, I love it as much as I did the day we moved in, there really is nothing I would have done differently, proof to try and get what you really love.  So tell me what style is your dream kitchen? What would be first on your wish list? I love to hear from you….so tell me all about it. Thank you for stopping in, if you want to see even more kitchen gorgeousness definitely  visit my Pinterest board “kitchen love”, by clicking here. Wishing you a fabulous day!

Also only two more days to take advantage of the beautiful promo for the newest Annabel Ingall bags, click here for details! I have a few bags left.

Black magic and its powers to transform a room….

Happy Friday! Hope you are well, glad its the end of the week…..looking forward to a busy but fun weekend. I have spoken often on my posts about how much I like black elements in interior design. Black truly has the power to transform a room or space unlike any other…. It offers so much drama, high style, elegance and old world-ness to virtually any room. Whether it be black and white timeless marble floors, a black kitchen, a huge black hutch, dramatic black walls in a dining room, there is no denying the power of black in a room. It also looks sensational next to virtually any other color.

?So today I pay homage to the use of black in interior decorating, and showcase a collection of different rooms and spaces that underscore my point. Though I realize it might not be for everyone, there is no denying the impact it has in a room. Some of the prettiest interiors I have seen have had elements of black in them, and it is highly effective when used properly….like most things in interior design, its all about scale and balance. I personally will be using black in my kitchen and butlers pantry. Would love to know, as always what you think and if you have a favorite! Do you have any black in your own and if not, would you want it??



Elegant black dining room as interpeted by Ralph Lauren
Black and white floors and black walls make for a very elegant and dramatic foyer?
hallway, Max and Co.
M Elle designed this beautiful inviting space in shades of soft black and charcoal with pops?of orange and reds in the books and throws.
A gorgeous painted black door offers subtle drama and elegance, Jan Showers
Atmosphere Interior Design went all black in this elegant dining room while keeping the warmth of the wood table for contrast
Beverly Ellsley chose black for the beautiful center island and accented black in the floors for maximum impact, and it worked!
Elegant and old world feeling black and white marble checkerboard floors, Elizabeth Dinkel
Love this Parisian bistro vibe at work here…Stephen Shubel designed this stunner of a ?black?
kichen….love the floors too!
Rich European feeling bathroom gets a bold rich marble floor with ?black, white and gold design
A black runner, black framed prints were used in this elegant foyer with black painted floors, Sherill Canet
Black painted walls and black floors give a dark and dramatic contrast to the white dining chairs, Elle Decor
Black is not only for indoors! Mary Mcdonald went bold and dramatic in this black and white setting….pretty exciting
SR Gambrel created this stunnig black and white marble foyer/hallway…resplendent!
S R Gambrel designed this living room, with a base of black and infused pops of bright colors
Sometimes a few statement pieces in black are all that is needed, Graham Moss
John Jacob achieved the perfect balance here wiht light and dark using black accents
One of my favorites…John Jacobs designed this exquisite ?kitchen with black cabinetry
Stunning black cabinetry graces this gorgeous butlers pantry, Arthur Dunnam
A black kitchen works everytime…especially when topped with rich white marble
Sometimes you don’t need an entire room to be black, just a few carefully chose black accessories just does the trick, as show here by Beverly Cleare
John Jacobs painted this bathroom wall a soft black and used white for extra punch and wow factor!
Love this tall black and glass cabinet….STUNNING! Mallory Marshall
Candler Lloyd chose charcoal walls and black chairs for punch in this otherwise muted colored filled room
Jiun Ho created this beautiful pared down but dramatic seating arragnement in front of the fireplace, charcaol and black are used here
Jiun Ho designed this drama filled dining room with textured walls and ovesized dining fixture
Gorgeous black Belgian reclaimed floors…fabulous!
I wouldn’t think I would like a black bedroom but John Jacob with his trained and talented eye used just enough white to soften this beautiful dramatic room
Gorgeous room trimmed in black ,wtih black floors gets an extra punch with white seating and beautiful crystal objects for light, Decorpad
I love the impact and power of an elegant black painted chest in a foyer or hallway, Nathan Egan
Robert Brown designed this masculine and regal looking black surround tub, love the window treatment which brings in the black but manages to keep them light
Elegant swank looking black painted library…very chic
Ted Yarwood designed this simple, masculine powder room using black lacquered walls
Beautiful, sleek glossy black kitchen is pure drama and elegance…love the white floor as the contrast
A black damask paper in this super elegant powder room is superb looking, Ashley Goforth
Old world feeling black painted kitchen wtih a terracotta looking trim, different for sure!
Mary McDonald created this dramatic black dining room with accents with orange and pale blue
A black library is very rich looking
This beautiful vintage feeling bath with black tub and black walls/window treatments feels wonderfully old fashioned, photo by Melanie Acevado
This black and white bathroom certainly makes a bold statement, Lony magazine
Rob Southern painted his foyer glossy black to match the black door and used white and black marble floors for the light contrast that makes this foyer smashing!
Sensational black foyer accented with white and pale grays…quite beautiful!
Would love to know if you have a favorite and would love to know how you feel about black in interior decorating in general….would you, have you used it? Have a fabulous Friday!

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Black magic and its powers to transform a room….

Happy Friday! Hope you are well, glad its the end of the week…..looking forward to a busy but fun weekend. I have spoken often on my posts about how much I like black elements in interior design. Black truly has the power to transform a room or space unlike any other…. It offers so much drama, high style, elegance and old world-ness to virtually any room. Whether it be black and white timeless marble floors, a black kitchen, a huge black hutch, dramatic black walls in a dining room, there is no denying the power of black in a room. It also looks sensational next to virtually any other color.
 So today I pay homage to the use of black in interior decorating, and showcase a collection of different rooms and spaces that underscore my point. Though I realize it might not be for everyone, there is no denying the impact it has in a room. Some of the prettiest interiors I have seen have had elements of black in them, and it is highly effective when used properly….like most things in interior design, its all about scale and balance. I personally will be using black in my kitchen and butlers pantry. Would love to know, as always what you think and if you have a favorite! Do you have any black in your own and if not, would you want it? 

Elegant black dining room as interpeted by Ralph Lauren
Black and white floors and black walls make for a very elegant and dramatic foyer 
hallway, Max and Co.
M Elle designed this beautiful inviting space in shades of soft black and charcoal with pops of orange and reds in the books and throws.
A gorgeous painted black door offers subtle drama and elegance, Jan Showers
Atmosphere Interior Design went all black in this elegant dining room while keeping the warmth of the wood table for contrast
Beverly Ellsley chose black for the beautiful center island and accented black in the floors for maximum impact, and it worked!
Elegant and old world feeling black and white marble checkerboard floors, Elizabeth Dinkel
Love this Parisian bistro vibe at work here…Stephen Shubel designed this stunner of a  black 
kichen….love the floors too!
Rich European feeling bathroom gets a bold rich marble floor with  black, white and gold design
A black runner, black framed prints were used in this elegant foyer with black painted floors, Sherill Canet
Black painted walls and black floors give a dark and dramatic contrast to the white dining chairs, Elle Decor
Black is not only for indoors! Mary Mcdonald went bold and dramatic in this black and white setting….pretty exciting
SR Gambrel created this stunnig black and white marble foyer/hallway…resplendent!
S R Gambrel designed this living room, with a base of black and infused pops of bright colors
Sometimes a few statement pieces in black are all that is needed, Graham Moss
John Jacob achieved the perfect balance here wiht light and dark using black accents
One of my favorites…John Jacobs designed this exquisite  kitchen with black cabinetry
Stunning black cabinetry graces this gorgeous butlers pantry, Arthur Dunnam
A black kitchen works everytime…especially when topped with rich white marble
Sometimes you don’t need an entire room to be black, just a few carefully chose black accessories just does the trick, as show here by Beverly Cleare
John Jacobs painted this bathroom wall a soft black and used white for extra punch and wow factor!
Love this tall black and glass cabinet….STUNNING! Mallory Marshall
Candler Lloyd chose charcoal walls and black chairs for punch in this otherwise muted colored filled room
Jiun Ho created this beautiful pared down but dramatic seating arragnement in front of the fireplace, charcaol and black are used here
Jiun Ho designed this drama filled dining room with textured walls and ovesized dining fixture
Gorgeous black Belgian reclaimed floors…fabulous!
I wouldn’t think I would like a black bedroom but John Jacob with his trained and talented eye used just enough white to soften this beautiful dramatic room
Gorgeous room trimmed in black ,wtih black floors gets an extra punch with white seating and beautiful crystal objects for light, Decorpad
I love the impact and power of an elegant black painted chest in a foyer or hallway, Nathan Egan
Robert Brown designed this masculine and regal looking black surround tub, love the window treatment which brings in the black but manages to keep them light
Elegant swank looking black painted library…very chic
Ted Yarwood designed this simple, masculine powder room using black lacquered walls
Beautiful, sleek glossy black kitchen is pure drama and elegance…love the white floor as the contrast
A black damask paper in this super elegant powder room is superb looking, Ashley Goforth
Old world feeling black painted kitchen wtih a terracotta looking trim, different for sure!
Mary McDonald created this dramatic black dining room with accents with orange and pale blue
A black library is very rich looking
This beautiful vintage feeling bath with black tub and black walls/window treatments feels wonderfully old fashioned, photo by Melanie Acevado
This black and white bathroom certainly makes a bold statement, Lony magazine
Rob Southern painted his foyer glossy black to match the black door and used white and black marble floors for the light contrast that makes this foyer smashing!
Sensational black foyer accented with white and pale grays…quite beautiful!
Would love to know if you have a favorite and would love to know how you feel about black in interior decorating in general….would you, have you used it? Have a fabulous Friday!

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Spectacular swoon worthy rooms from my treasure chest of pictures……part I

Hello….from snowy New York. Yes, you heard right, its S N O W I N G!!!! I think the weather gods are a bit confused but we will let this slide as long as we wake up to sunny skies and temperatures above 50 tomorrow!?

Today is simply a day to celebrate many gorgeous, showstopping, glorious grand rooms and interiors, some which I have had for a long long time, and others newer additions. I get so inspired by pictures, images both on the Internet, books and in my vast collection of magazines….so many fabulous things to choose from! You know the kind of room or image that makes your heart go pitter patter? We all know that feeling, something so beautiful that at first glance its almost too much to take in so you look away only to take it all in on second glance (surely I cannot be the only one who does this)

?So over time I have collected many pictures that make me swoon…ironically even the ones I have had a long long time I still love…..proof that my taste hasn’t wavered much over the years and that good design doesn’t get old. ? I am dividing this into two parts since I have so many and my file is bulging with so many fabulous contenders and not a single one should be left out. In no particular order and in a very random way, here is my parade of fabulous and inspirational rooms and interiors…do you have a favorite?



This is one of my all time favorites..have had it for years. How gorgeous..love the range, the floors, the blue and white accents…perfection!
Love the walnut stained wood, the limestone mantle, the washed muted fabrics…..
This is such a stately old world magnificent wood paneled room
Always loved the warmth walnut looking color of this fabulous wood paneled room
Gorgeous room, love the built in “window seat” albeit a very glorified window seat
Love this..OK I don’t have a daughter but IF I did, I would create a room just like this! How cozy…imagine how much fun sleepovers would be in a room like this!
One of my all time faves..have featured this many times, Jack Arnold classic kitchen
The colors are so fresh and stunning….Stark
Another one of my all time favorite rooms, just classic understated elegance
Love the dark cabinetry with white marble so rich looking…
Bill Eubanks created this dreamy and dramatic dining room
Stunning master, the colors are so serene and inviting..a true oasis
Rich old world splendor..the dark green walls say it all
Love the feeling of this soft white and beige bed, the elegant monogram, the crisp linen bedding, the shirred canopy..so luxurious in an understated way, Phoebe Howard
Love the colors, serene and elegant, Charlotte Moss
Beautiful feeling here…feels a bit Swedish/Nordic inspired by the color palette..so soothing
Love this room, so rich, opulent but understated by William Eubanks
Another angle from the gorgeous kitchen above…love the floors and the blue and white
Beautiful, rustic and elegant seating area..love the lattice front chest/hutch
Another view from one of my favorites! (Stark)
And yet one more…love the fireplace too!
Now this is what I call a hallway….elegant grandeur at its finest! (Arch Digest)
Subdued but old world pretty
Stunning living room by Cathy Kincaid…the colors are just so melodic…..
Always had a thing for this incredibly old world elegant feeling dining room by Cathy Kincaid
Another view……same room
Beautiful stately monochromatic master bedroom, pure heaven by Howard
Cathy Kincaid works her magic again in this fabulous guest room…so crisp and pretty
Charlotte Moss created this glorious, regal and formal dining room
I believe Steve from Velvet and Linen designed this stunning kitchen..its a showstopper
Gorgeous opulent hallway by William Eubanks
Such a rich and elegant room, the drapes are stunning and I can image this room at sunset….
Love the colors and the soft palette in this inviting kitchen
Something about this space feels so inviting, the soft colors, the large space, the cozy seating
Love this bathroom, so stately and old world feeling, Suzanne Tucker
Always loved this cozy but gorgeous seating area/banquette for this breakfast room
Elegant hall/foyer by William Eubanks…..love the feeling here, its timeless
So what do you think? Which room makes your heart go pitter patter? ?What makes a room showstopping and something to remember to you? For me, there are so many elements that have to come together, a room just has to feel authentic, and right, have a cohesive palette, have great lighting, good flooring, has to be inviting without sacrificing elegance. I love having images of beautiful rooms to refer back to and to learn from. Would love to know which is your favorite!?Hope your day is wonderful and enchanting!

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Spectacular swoon worthy rooms from my treasure chest of pictures……part I

Hello….from snowy New York. Yes, you heard right, its S N O W I N G!!!! I think the weather gods are a bit confused but we will let this slide as long as we wake up to sunny skies and temperatures above 50 tomorrow! 
Today is simply a day to celebrate many gorgeous, showstopping, glorious grand rooms and interiors, some which I have had for a long long time, and others newer additions. I get so inspired by pictures, images both on the Internet, books and in my vast collection of magazines….so many fabulous things to choose from! You know the kind of room or image that makes your heart go pitter patter? We all know that feeling, something so beautiful that at first glance its almost too much to take in so you look away only to take it all in on second glance (surely I cannot be the only one who does this)
 So over time I have collected many pictures that make me swoon…ironically even the ones I have had a long long time I still love…..proof that my taste hasn’t wavered much over the years and that good design doesn’t get old.   I am dividing this into two parts since I have so many and my file is bulging with so many fabulous contenders and not a single one should be left out. In no particular order and in a very random way, here is my parade of fabulous and inspirational rooms and interiors…do you have a favorite?

This is one of my all time favorites..have had it for years. How gorgeous..love the range, the floors, the blue and white accents…perfection!
Love the walnut stained wood, the limestone mantle, the washed muted fabrics…..
This is such a stately old world magnificent wood paneled room
Always loved the warmth walnut looking color of this fabulous wood paneled room
Gorgeous room, love the built in “window seat” albeit a very glorified window seat
Love this..OK I don’t have a daughter but IF I did, I would create a room just like this! How cozy…imagine how much fun sleepovers would be in a room like this!
One of my all time faves..have featured this many times, Jack Arnold classic kitchen
The colors are so fresh and stunning….Stark
Another one of my all time favorite rooms, just classic understated elegance
Love the dark cabinetry with white marble so rich looking…
Bill Eubanks created this dreamy and dramatic dining room
Stunning master, the colors are so serene and inviting..a true oasis
Rich old world splendor..the dark green walls say it all
Love the feeling of this soft white and beige bed, the elegant monogram, the crisp linen bedding, the shirred canopy..so luxurious in an understated way, Phoebe Howard
Love the colors, serene and elegant, Charlotte Moss
Beautiful feeling here…feels a bit Swedish/Nordic inspired by the color palette..so soothing
Love this room, so rich, opulent but understated by William Eubanks
Another angle from the gorgeous kitchen above…love the floors and the blue and white
Beautiful, rustic and elegant seating area..love the lattice front chest/hutch
Another view from one of my favorites! (Stark)
And yet one more…love the fireplace too!
Now this is what I call a hallway….elegant grandeur at its finest! (Arch Digest)
Subdued but old world pretty
Stunning living room by Cathy Kincaid…the colors are just so melodic…..
Always had a thing for this incredibly old world elegant feeling dining room by Cathy Kincaid
Another view……same room
Beautiful stately monochromatic master bedroom, pure heaven by Howard
Cathy Kincaid works her magic again in this fabulous guest room…so crisp and pretty
Charlotte Moss created this glorious, regal and formal dining room
I believe Steve from Velvet and Linen designed this stunning kitchen..its a showstopper
Gorgeous opulent hallway by William Eubanks
Such a rich and elegant room, the drapes are stunning and I can image this room at sunset….
Love the colors and the soft palette in this inviting kitchen
Something about this space feels so inviting, the soft colors, the large space, the cozy seating
Love this bathroom, so stately and old world feeling, Suzanne Tucker
Always loved this cozy but gorgeous seating area/banquette for this breakfast room
Elegant hall/foyer by William Eubanks…..love the feeling here, its timeless
So what do you think? Which room makes your heart go pitter patter?  What makes a room showstopping and something to remember to you? For me, there are so many elements that have to come together, a room just has to feel authentic, and right, have a cohesive palette, have great lighting, good flooring, has to be inviting without sacrificing elegance. I love having images of beautiful rooms to refer back to and to learn from. Would love to know which is your favorite! Hope your day is wonderful and enchanting!

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Six degrees of separation from a white kitchen!

Good morning!?

Don’t get me wrong..I like white kitchens, no make that..I LOVE white kitchens. But I will not lie when I say I am a little tired (yawn) of seeing them coming and going….white cabinets, white marble, silver hardware and faucets, its all quite played out and pretty predictable. My own ‘inspiration folder” is bulging with pictures of white kitchens, all beautiful, and I appreciate a beautifully done white kitchen as much as you do. Nothing feels more inviting, elegant or crisp than to walk into a really well done kitchen in all its white glory. I think its safe to say this is way beyond a trend and white kitchens have not only made their mark in the kitchen world but have permanently carved out a big niche and are staying awhile BUT it does not mean that other kitchens should get left in the dust!



That said, I have an immense appreciation for kitchens that think “outside the box” dare to go beyond the white that we see everywhere, gracing every magazine page, every kitchen advertisement,etc…….I am personally for my own kitchen, ?going with a creamy glazed cabinet color with a lot of black accents (long black island and possibly black or very dark stained butlers pantry),its very French and I am excited about how things are unfolding. Today I salute all those kitchens out there feeling like they aren’t part of the “popular crowd” anymore because they have been ousted by their ?white counterparts. These pictures prove how GORGEOUS kitchens can be in many different colors, textures and using many different combinations of woods and finishes. Hope you enjoy….let me know what your thoughts are…you know I love to hear! Have a wonderful Friday…..



Beautiful, deep rich colors make this beautiful kitchen look timeless, modern and elegant, Summerour Architects
Beautiful mix of colors and materials creates an elegant old world feeling kitchen in this stunning Atlanta home
Warm and classic kitchen done with a twist, it get its inspiration from bamboo, and the rich warm woods are accented with a blue island… by Rinfret
Beautiful green washed kitchen with creamy accents on the island and beautiful limestone hood from Francois and Co.
Design Galleria designed this gorgeous rich space…love the beautiful furniture like cabinets flanking the entrance as this allows the hood to be a focal point….beautiful colors
Beautiful subdued rich greens and natural tans against the brick wall make this a picture
?perfect kitchen!
Tina Muller from Drury Kitchen design ?designed this beautiful sleek dark wood kitchen..check out that glass island top…so different.
Matthew Quinn from Design Galleria, designed this beautiful kitchen, mixing a gray green painted cabinet with other textures like the wood topped islands and the pretty pewter hood
This pretty green glazed kitchen works beautifully with its graceful design and beautiful sculpted wood floors with low sheen, a nice touch..also love how they did the paneling in the same color, very pretty
A rich dark charcoal, not quite black looks stunning in this kitchen
A stunner, and one of my personal all time favorites, from Jack Arnold. Love the mix of woods and of course the big black island is the real masterpiece along with the big stone range hood
This creamy colored kitchen gets drama from the dark wood beams, countertop and window trim from One Posh Place
Wm Ohs successfully paired several finishes, including a taupey glazed cabinet with a gray green distressed island…love those floors in a herringbone pattern!
Here is the yellow kitchen that made Clive Christian famous..here they mixed it with a large pine refrigerator hutch and a beautiful hearth in pine for the range
Warm rich tones create a cheerful European feeling kitchen,love the diamond patterned backsplash…makes it rustic and inviting, Traditional Home
This pretty gray/blue kitchen by Habersham gets a heavy “distressed feel” from the rubbing process used and gets warmed up with the countertops and rich wood floors, Habersham
The limestone hood is a beautiful focal point in this pretty warm colored kitchen, love the peaked beams, makes it feel really open and airy
This large industrial inspired (and sized) kitchen blends many woods for a rustic and very
?grand?effect, Fresh home
Great and successful mix of colors of woods and materials here…lots of rich warm woods, a big stone hearth, beautiful exposed beams, limestone floors all come together by Rinfret
Big black island enhances the dark glazing on the dark cabinetry to create a formal but inviting kitchen, love the painted coiffured ceiling…. by Renaissance Cabinets
Habersham created this washed black kitchen…to look very old world and grand, its a bit heavy looking, I prefer black with a mix of creamy cabinets and other woods
Christians designed this rich looking walnut colored kitchen, its a timeless look
Clive Christian designed this creamy yellow kitchen, the pine hutch cabinet gives it a lot of warmth as does the dark teak countertop
This black cabinetry is accented with gray heavily distressed island and reclaimed looking wood floors to create an old world look, Habersham
Christian’s designed this pine kitchen with a contrasting pale blue island
Had this picture for a while, but always loved how the green accents plays on the dramatic black and white here
Soft buttery yellow always looks so elegant and warm from Main Street Design
This beautifully heavily glazed kitchen gets a lot of pop from the black and white diamond patterned floor….Traditional Home
The grays are used to perfection in this pretty space by John Jacob
Tucker and Marks created this dramatic red Asian influenced cabinetry in this eclectic space
Beautiful rich warm woods are aglow in this gorgeous space
A more country look with?the medium golden hues in the wood, but very warm
An all black kitchen with pops of color, think the glass cabinets are a good idea to lighten
?things up
Yes, yes I know there is some white cabinetry here…BUT the real showstoppers here are the rich warm island the?gorgeous black range and hood…the white kind of take a back seat here
Beautiful stained blue cabinetry with the rich woods is quite pretty…love the volume of this space….beautiful exposed beams and gorgeous window
Again a mix of textures and materials is so successful here….LOVE the island that doubles as a table, these types of unconventional pieces really make a kitchen feel custom and unique
How rich! Dark navy glossy butlers pantry is quite elegant and dramatic
Mix of rusty woods with limestone counter tops and hood, very French and country like.
A chefs own kitchen, such an interesting shape that opens to the next room..kind of like an open air kitchen! Architectural Digest
Rich play of colors here make this a dramatic kitchen, I like the banquette seating
Interesting mix of the reclaimed woods, exposed beams and bright yellow..who would have thought to put this together but it works!
A simple classic pecan colored kitchen, very symmetrical and sleek looking
Lots of rich warm woods used here, love the pizza oven and storage for wood underneath, you could have some fun pizza parties in this kitchen!
I like the mix of the dark blue island, the golden colors against the white, makes it interesting
The floor is really what catches your eye here, but love the dove gray island color
I am all for non connected free standing pieces in a kitchen..case in point here, this lovely white and gray separate unit housed for the sink and dishwasher, something very old world feeling.
Buttery yellow Christopher Peacock kitchen, love the diamond shaped glass front cabinets
A super?dark brown stain makes for a beautiful and rich looking kitchen…..check out that back splash with the stone hood!
You know I love to hear from you…do you have a favorite? What is your feeling about the above kitchens over their white counterpart? Curious to know your thoughts! Have an enchanting day!



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Six degrees of separation from a white kitchen!

Good morning! 
Don’t get me wrong..I like white kitchens, no make that..I LOVE white kitchens. But I will not lie when I say I am a little tired (yawn) of seeing them coming and going….white cabinets, white marble, silver hardware and faucets, its all quite played out and pretty predictable. My own ‘inspiration folder” is bulging with pictures of white kitchens, all beautiful, and I appreciate a beautifully done white kitchen as much as you do. Nothing feels more inviting, elegant or crisp than to walk into a really well done kitchen in all its white glory. I think its safe to say this is way beyond a trend and white kitchens have not only made their mark in the kitchen world but have permanently carved out a big niche and are staying awhile BUT it does not mean that other kitchens should get left in the dust!

That said, I have an immense appreciation for kitchens that think “outside the box” dare to go beyond the white that we see everywhere, gracing every magazine page, every kitchen advertisement,etc…….I am personally for my own kitchen,  going with a creamy glazed cabinet color with a lot of black accents (long black island and possibly black or very dark stained butlers pantry),its very French and I am excited about how things are unfolding. Today I salute all those kitchens out there feeling like they aren’t part of the “popular crowd” anymore because they have been ousted by their  white counterparts. These pictures prove how GORGEOUS kitchens can be in many different colors, textures and using many different combinations of woods and finishes. Hope you enjoy….let me know what your thoughts are…you know I love to hear! Have a wonderful Friday…..

Beautiful, deep rich colors make this beautiful kitchen look timeless, modern and elegant, Summerour Architects
Beautiful mix of colors and materials creates an elegant old world feeling kitchen in this stunning Atlanta home
Warm and classic kitchen done with a twist, it get its inspiration from bamboo, and the rich warm woods are accented with a blue island… by Rinfret
Beautiful green washed kitchen with creamy accents on the island and beautiful limestone hood from Francois and Co.
Design Galleria designed this gorgeous rich space…love the beautiful furniture like cabinets flanking the entrance as this allows the hood to be a focal point….beautiful colors
Beautiful subdued rich greens and natural tans against the brick wall make this a picture
 perfect kitchen!
Tina Muller from Drury Kitchen design  designed this beautiful sleek dark wood kitchen..check out that glass island top…so different.
Matthew Quinn from Design Galleria, designed this beautiful kitchen, mixing a gray green painted cabinet with other textures like the wood topped islands and the pretty pewter hood
This pretty green glazed kitchen works beautifully with its graceful design and beautiful sculpted wood floors with low sheen, a nice touch..also love how they did the paneling in the same color, very pretty
A rich dark charcoal, not quite black looks stunning in this kitchen
A stunner, and one of my personal all time favorites, from Jack Arnold. Love the mix of woods and of course the big black island is the real masterpiece along with the big stone range hood
This creamy colored kitchen gets drama from the dark wood beams, countertop and window trim from One Posh Place
Wm Ohs successfully paired several finishes, including a taupey glazed cabinet with a gray green distressed island…love those floors in a herringbone pattern!
Here is the yellow kitchen that made Clive Christian famous..here they mixed it with a large pine refrigerator hutch and a beautiful hearth in pine for the range
Warm rich tones create a cheerful European feeling kitchen,love the diamond patterned backsplash…makes it rustic and inviting, Traditional Home
This pretty gray/blue kitchen by Habersham gets a heavy “distressed feel” from the rubbing process used and gets warmed up with the countertops and rich wood floors, Habersham
The limestone hood is a beautiful focal point in this pretty warm colored kitchen, love the peaked beams, makes it feel really open and airy
This large industrial inspired (and sized) kitchen blends many woods for a rustic and very
 grand effect, Fresh home
Great and successful mix of colors of woods and materials here…lots of rich warm woods, a big stone hearth, beautiful exposed beams, limestone floors all come together by Rinfret
Big black island enhances the dark glazing on the dark cabinetry to create a formal but inviting kitchen, love the painted coiffured ceiling…. by Renaissance Cabinets
Habersham created this washed black kitchen…to look very old world and grand, its a bit heavy looking, I prefer black with a mix of creamy cabinets and other woods
Christians designed this rich looking walnut colored kitchen, its a timeless look
Clive Christian designed this creamy yellow kitchen, the pine hutch cabinet gives it a lot of warmth as does the dark teak countertop
This black cabinetry is accented with gray heavily distressed island and reclaimed looking wood floors to create an old world look, Habersham
Christian’s designed this pine kitchen with a contrasting pale blue island
Had this picture for a while, but always loved how the green accents plays on the dramatic black and white here
Soft buttery yellow always looks so elegant and warm from Main Street Design
This beautifully heavily glazed kitchen gets a lot of pop from the black and white diamond patterned floor….Traditional Home
The grays are used to perfection in this pretty space by John Jacob
Tucker and Marks created this dramatic red Asian influenced cabinetry in this eclectic space
Beautiful rich warm woods are aglow in this gorgeous space
A more country look with the medium golden hues in the wood, but very warm
An all black kitchen with pops of color, think the glass cabinets are a good idea to lighten
 things up
Yes, yes I know there is some white cabinetry here…BUT the real showstoppers here are the rich warm island the gorgeous black range and hood…the white kind of take a back seat here
Beautiful stained blue cabinetry with the rich woods is quite pretty…love the volume of this space….beautiful exposed beams and gorgeous window
Again a mix of textures and materials is so successful here….LOVE the island that doubles as a table, these types of unconventional pieces really make a kitchen feel custom and unique
How rich! Dark navy glossy butlers pantry is quite elegant and dramatic
Mix of rusty woods with limestone counter tops and hood, very French and country like.
A chefs own kitchen, such an interesting shape that opens to the next room..kind of like an open air kitchen! Architectural Digest
Rich play of colors here make this a dramatic kitchen, I like the banquette seating
Interesting mix of the reclaimed woods, exposed beams and bright yellow..who would have thought to put this together but it works!
A simple classic pecan colored kitchen, very symmetrical and sleek looking
Lots of rich warm woods used here, love the pizza oven and storage for wood underneath, you could have some fun pizza parties in this kitchen!
I like the mix of the dark blue island, the golden colors against the white, makes it interesting
The floor is really what catches your eye here, but love the dove gray island color
I am all for non connected free standing pieces in a kitchen..case in point here, this lovely white and gray separate unit housed for the sink and dishwasher, something very old world feeling.
Buttery yellow Christopher Peacock kitchen, love the diamond shaped glass front cabinets
A super dark brown stain makes for a beautiful and rich looking kitchen…..check out that back splash with the stone hood!
You know I love to hear from you…do you have a favorite? What is your feeling about the above kitchens over their white counterpart? Curious to know your thoughts! Have an enchanting day!


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