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.

Ultimate kitchens round II and better than ever!

Good morning…….glad I had a chance to recharge my batteries yesterday because today is an action packed day, in fact this entire week is NON STOP. I literally cringed when I looked at my calendar and saw everything going on, but I will get through it as I always do. Since I have been on a kitchen roll, we will continue today on the subject of kitchens. I never ever tire of looking at incredible kitchens…and I have ?a feeling most of you don’t either. Call me a kitchen junkie, I take no offense. I never stop learning and getting inspired, and that is one of the many many things I love about blogging, the constant stimulation that I get from the endless resources and the tremendous amount of inspiration that is derived from so many incredible images that we share with one another.

I have collected another round of really gorgeous kitchen images that are worth sharing so I am happy to present more scrumptious drool worthy kitchens! ?Dark wood, light, wood, painted, glazed, heavily distressed, lightly distressed, European influenced, transitional, slightly modern, heavily traditional, they run the gamut but they all have one thing in common..they are all incredibly gorgeous, and are all done in fine taste. Some you might already know, but hopefuly there are some new surprises here as well. ?So without further adue, here is round 2 of more ultimate kitchens! Do you have a favorite? So hard to pick just one!?

Love this great looking creamy white kitchen by Deane
A painted brown island is a nice change from the stains that we see in such abundance Skurman Architects
Another winner by Deane, so fresh and bright, a cooks dream!
Gorgeous classic creamy kitchen with antique bronze hardware, photo by Susan Gilmore
Love the rustic but elegant nature of this fabulous kitchen, photo by Roger Davies
This kitchen looks like a lot of fun….what a great space to entertain and cook in! Photo by Elizabeth Gilbert
Beautiful elegant pine kitchen with green glazed island, very elegant by Skurman Architects
This kitchen features dark stained lower cabinets and painted upper and island cabinetry, Habersham
Like all the different elements, the dark and light woods, the cute benches and differing heights of the two islands, the fun center lighting fixture, Southern Living
Sleek and transitional…..great space by Venegas
Beautiful creamy French inspired kitchen by Beverly Ellsley
Love this parquet top on the center island..fabulous Beverly Ellsley
Its pretty opulent to have such a gorgeous fireplace right in the kitchen! Beverly Ellsley
This warm wood kitchen by Christians gets dressed up with?a crystal chandelier
Classic pale yellows glazed English inspired kitchen, Venegas
The dark and light trend is tremendously popular but there is no denying its beauty! Venegas
Always have liked this European feeling kitchen by Elanor Cummings
Gorgeous wall of glass doors allow this large airy kitchen to bring in the outdoors, love the big block of white marble over the dark wood island, Traditional Home
This is a newer line, which is a cleaner more transitional feeling kitchen for Habersham
Love the mix of the distressed island table, large wide planked stripped floors and painted cabinets..it really works beautifully here
Love the texture that adding the element of stone brings to this kitchen,Photo by Andreas Trauttmansdorff
This gray glazed kitchen designed by Molimo Design
What do you think about a pale blue island to give a subtle punch of color? I think it looks fabulous here, Beverly Ellsley
Creamy beauty!! DeCesare Interiors
Stunning creamy colored cabinets with black island, and sumptuous white marble..Cottonwood
Love the contrast of the light and the dark….photo by Andreas Trauttmansdorff
Love this dramatic black kitchen trimmed out in oak, fabulous! Christina Murphy
To offset all the white, a color was added to the coffered ceiling here, kitchen by Deane
Dark island with white outer cabinets…classic Christopher Peacock!
This is a great European inspired kitchen, Downsview
This simple and elegant kitchen has beautiful clean lines, Muse
This is a grand kitchen but warm and cozy thanks to the rustic beams, large island that invites your guest to come in and get comfortable, Dillon Kyle
The light and dark to perfection as seen through the eyes of Christopher Peacock
A sleek and well done transitional styled kitchen by Cottonwood
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Another authentic looking beauty with reclaimed and antiqued woods, Eleanor Cummings
This is a neat space, love the high ceilings, the slipcovered?stools, the beams, the fireplace, its and eclectic space that is very inviting
Habersham created this very large grand European feeling kitchen
Gorgeous space, love the leaded glass, ?the classic subway and dark wood floors
Very dramatic kitchen with rich wood and black accents, Alder Kitchens
Love that gorgeous slab of white marble, beautiful galley style kitchen by?Muse
I think this is nicely done with the mix of dark and light wood cabinetry wood beams and lots of texture. Only thing that makes me cringe is that microwave right in the middle! Beverly Hanks
A true Tuscan inspired kitchen, photo by Jonathan Wallen
Classic Peacock kitchen in all its white splendor, Torre Construction
Love the pass through of glass faced cabinets and wall of marble subways, beautiful! Jessica Helderson
Love the distressed woods here with?the slip covered stools, the beams and stone hood, fabulous! Coastal Living
A rich English feeling kitchen glazed with lots of glass, by Cottonwood
Love the mix of painted woods and light and dark here, Downsview
Don’t you just love the oversized subways here with the black range? Just such a classic look!
Big wide extra large island makes this an entertainers dream…..love the way the cabinetry goes all the way up to the ceiling!
Glazed taupe?cabinets look antiqued here with a dark stained island
Gorgeous rich play of textures and woods, Downsview
Tria Giovan created this cozy kitchen with beadboard cabinets, interesting seeing the small stolls around the island
Dana Wolter designed this pretty kitchen using a combination of painted cabinetry and a limed oak distressed center island.
Wow that’s a whole lots of pretty!! Kind of has my head spinning! So…can you pick a favorite? If someone were to wave a magic wand and transform your kitchen into one of these beauties which would you pick? I would love to know! Hope you have an enchanted day!

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Ultimate kitchens round II and better than ever!

Good morning…….glad I had a chance to recharge my batteries yesterday because today is an action packed day, in fact this entire week is NON STOP. I literally cringed when I looked at my calendar and saw everything going on, but I will get through it as I always do. Since I have been on a kitchen roll, we will continue today on the subject of kitchens. I never ever tire of looking at incredible kitchens…and I have  a feeling most of you don’t either. Call me a kitchen junkie, I take no offense. I never stop learning and getting inspired, and that is one of the many many things I love about blogging, the constant stimulation that I get from the endless resources and the tremendous amount of inspiration that is derived from so many incredible images that we share with one another.

I have collected another round of really gorgeous kitchen images that are worth sharing so I am happy to present more scrumptious drool worthy kitchens!  Dark wood, light, wood, painted, glazed, heavily distressed, lightly distressed, European influenced, transitional, slightly modern, heavily traditional, they run the gamut but they all have one thing in common..they are all incredibly gorgeous, and are all done in fine taste. Some you might already know, but hopefuly there are some new surprises here as well.  So without further adue, here is round 2 of more ultimate kitchens! Do you have a favorite? So hard to pick just one! 

Love this great looking creamy white kitchen by Deane
A painted brown island is a nice change from the stains that we see in such abundance Skurman Architects
Another winner by Deane, so fresh and bright, a cooks dream!
Gorgeous classic creamy kitchen with antique bronze hardware, photo by Susan Gilmore
Love the rustic but elegant nature of this fabulous kitchen, photo by Roger Davies
This kitchen looks like a lot of fun….what a great space to entertain and cook in! Photo by Elizabeth Gilbert
Beautiful elegant pine kitchen with green glazed island, very elegant by Skurman Architects
This kitchen features dark stained lower cabinets and painted upper and island cabinetry, Habersham
Like all the different elements, the dark and light woods, the cute benches and differing heights of the two islands, the fun center lighting fixture, Southern Living
Sleek and transitional…..great space by Venegas
Beautiful creamy French inspired kitchen by Beverly Ellsley
Love this parquet top on the center island..fabulous Beverly Ellsley
Its pretty opulent to have such a gorgeous fireplace right in the kitchen! Beverly Ellsley
This warm wood kitchen by Christians gets dressed up with a crystal chandelier
Classic pale yellows glazed English inspired kitchen, Venegas
The dark and light trend is tremendously popular but there is no denying its beauty! Venegas
Always have liked this European feeling kitchen by Elanor Cummings
Gorgeous wall of glass doors allow this large airy kitchen to bring in the outdoors, love the big block of white marble over the dark wood island, Traditional Home
This is a newer line, which is a cleaner more transitional feeling kitchen for Habersham
Love the mix of the distressed island table, large wide planked stripped floors and painted cabinets..it really works beautifully here
Love the texture that adding the element of stone brings to this kitchen,Photo by Andreas Trauttmansdorff
This gray glazed kitchen designed by Molimo Design
What do you think about a pale blue island to give a subtle punch of color? I think it looks fabulous here, Beverly Ellsley
Creamy beauty!! DeCesare Interiors
Stunning creamy colored cabinets with black island, and sumptuous white marble..Cottonwood
Love the contrast of the light and the dark….photo by Andreas Trauttmansdorff
Love this dramatic black kitchen trimmed out in oak, fabulous! Christina Murphy
To offset all the white, a color was added to the coffered ceiling here, kitchen by Deane
Dark island with white outer cabinets…classic Christopher Peacock!
This is a great European inspired kitchen, Downsview
This simple and elegant kitchen has beautiful clean lines, Muse
This is a grand kitchen but warm and cozy thanks to the rustic beams, large island that invites your guest to come in and get comfortable, Dillon Kyle
The light and dark to perfection as seen through the eyes of Christopher Peacock
A sleek and well done transitional styled kitchen by Cottonwood
Another authentic looking beauty with reclaimed and antiqued woods, Eleanor Cummings
This is a neat space, love the high ceilings, the slipcovered stools, the beams, the fireplace, its and eclectic space that is very inviting
Habersham created this very large grand European feeling kitchen
Gorgeous space, love the leaded glass,  the classic subway and dark wood floors
Very dramatic kitchen with rich wood and black accents, Alder Kitchens
Love that gorgeous slab of white marble, beautiful galley style kitchen by Muse
I think this is nicely done with the mix of dark and light wood cabinetry wood beams and lots of texture. Only thing that makes me cringe is that microwave right in the middle! Beverly Hanks
A true Tuscan inspired kitchen, photo by Jonathan Wallen
Classic Peacock kitchen in all its white splendor, Torre Construction
Love the pass through of glass faced cabinets and wall of marble subways, beautiful! Jessica Helderson
Love the distressed woods here with the slip covered stools, the beams and stone hood, fabulous! Coastal Living
A rich English feeling kitchen glazed with lots of glass, by Cottonwood
Love the mix of painted woods and light and dark here, Downsview
Don’t you just love the oversized subways here with the black range? Just such a classic look!
Big wide extra large island makes this an entertainers dream…..love the way the cabinetry goes all the way up to the ceiling!
Glazed taupe cabinets look antiqued here with a dark stained island
Gorgeous rich play of textures and woods, Downsview
Tria Giovan created this cozy kitchen with beadboard cabinets, interesting seeing the small stolls around the island
Dana Wolter designed this pretty kitchen using a combination of painted cabinetry and a limed oak distressed center island.
Wow that’s a whole lots of pretty!! Kind of has my head spinning! So…can you pick a favorite? If someone were to wave a magic wand and transform your kitchen into one of these beauties which would you pick? I would love to know! Hope you have an enchanted day!

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