The crowning touch in the kitchen….range hoods!




I start this day with a prayer for Japan and the heroic people battling what is the unimaginable. I pray for the healing and restoration of not only the country but for what makes it great, Japan’s remarkable people. If you want to know how you can help….I found this short, to the point list of ways…click?here?for the link (It is Time’s newsfeed) There is no gesture too small in this crisis…….we all have to do our part.





Today is all about the crowning touch on today’s range…the infamous range hood! Boy, have they gotten popular. Besides the fact that its main function is to absorb odors, smoke, combustion products and airborne grease through evacuation and filtration of air…it has a much more aesthetic function…..to beautify a kitchen! There is stone, wood, brick, limestone, metal and just about anything else you can imagine. It can add a lot of grandeur, height, drama and texture to a kitchen….and certainly is a great “anchor” or focal point as illustrated below. I have had a bunch of these in my inspiration album for some time, though some are newer too. What do you think? Do you like range hoods? Would you use one or do you have one now? Have a favorite? Would love to know….

Gorgeous French black and steel hood frame the beautiful black range, David Livingston photo
Beautiful limestone range hood, simply done to replicate a European model
A long time favorite, the huge limestone hood is the focal point in this Jack Arnold kitchen
A brick wall and hood are used in this European feeling kitchen, ranghoodssmall.com
A simple stone and stripped wood hood was used here in keeping with the rustic charming French inspired kitchen, Country Living
The range here is kept monochromatic along with the cabinetry
Stone hood adds drama and elegance to the peaked ceiling of this Malibu kitchen
Gorgeous stone hood with brass emblem on the front add old world elegance to this range
Francois and Company used this metal and stone hood for this rich and stunning kitchen
In this elegant kitchen with?tall ceilings, Jim Howard went with an understated wood range hood all the way up…love the marble subways in conjunction with this old world look
Beautiful ornate limestone hood graces this rich European flavored kitchen, Design Galleria
Alllison Caccoma designed this gorgeous lattice detailed hood in this stunning white kitchen
Beautiful limestone hood graces this fabulous European range
Rinfret Designs?chose this over sized limestone hood with a decorative border for this rustic elegant kitchen
This serious cooks kitchen didn’t go with a traditional range but chose to continue with the subway tile application as part of the hood, Atticmag
Francois and Company’s hood is gorgeous in this fabulous kitchen
This is a great looking aluminum and stainless hood..works beautifully in this kitchen
In this Christophe Peacock kitchen, the hood is kept purposeful simple and classic
Gorgeous stone hood is a great choice for this country feeling but sophisticated kitchen
Love this…black and brass hood match the fabulous range…timeless classic!
A stainless hood is in keeping with the white and stainless themed kitchen, Gardenweb
This one appears to be a painted aluminum hood….very pretty
Same kitchen…also like the crystal bell jar lamps above the island!
A utilitarian approach was used here in this fabulous country kitchen, lots of shelving/storage on this modified range hood, Country Living (love the oil painting…how unexpected)
Bunny ?Williams designed this kitchen and the dramatic glazed dark wood hood
A simple domed white hood is all you need for this showstopper range!
An aluminum hood to match the commercial range
Rebecca Bradley designed this kitchen and chose a stone and painted wood hood for this fabulous Le Cornue range….kept it monochromatic
Simple white painted hood for a classic white kitchen
This is different, a hood within a hood…..looks like they used stone, wood and aluminum
A close up….thoughts?
A combination of light and dark woods was used for this kitchens hood
A large tray rests on this hood to give it a little more drama
Beautiful metal hood adds interest to other elements going on in this kitchen
Habersham’s painted kitchen, ?love the colors and the crest on front
Very pretty wood hearth/hood
Black hood looks dramatic and gorgeous in this white kitchen, Habersham
Over sized limestone range is the focal point in this fabulous kitchen, Design Galleria
Clive Christian kept the range/hearth the same color as the gorgeous buttery yellow kitchen
Peter Bolton chose limestone and limestone bricks to finish this rustic country kitchens range
So what do you think? Do you have one or would you like one? I am a big fan and the possibilities are truly endless. Hope you have an enchanting day!

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The crowning touch in the kitchen….range hoods!


I start this day with a prayer for Japan and the heroic people battling what is the unimaginable. I pray for the healing and restoration of not only the country but for what makes it great, Japan’s remarkable people. If you want to know how you can help….I found this short, to the point list of ways…click here for the link (It is Time’s newsfeed) There is no gesture too small in this crisis…….we all have to do our part.


Today is all about the crowning touch on today’s range…the infamous range hood! Boy, have they gotten popular. Besides the fact that its main function is to absorb odors, smoke, combustion products and airborne grease through evacuation and filtration of air…it has a much more aesthetic function…..to beautify a kitchen! There is stone, wood, brick, limestone, metal and just about anything else you can imagine. It can add a lot of grandeur, height, drama and texture to a kitchen….and certainly is a great “anchor” or focal point as illustrated below. I have had a bunch of these in my inspiration album for some time, though some are newer too. What do you think? Do you like range hoods? Would you use one or do you have one now? Have a favorite? Would love to know….

Gorgeous French black and steel hood frame the beautiful black range, David Livingston photo
Beautiful limestone range hood, simply done to replicate a European model
A long time favorite, the huge limestone hood is the focal point in this Jack Arnold kitchen
A brick wall and hood are used in this European feeling kitchen, ranghoodssmall.com
A simple stone and stripped wood hood was used here in keeping with the rustic charming French inspired kitchen, Country Living
The range here is kept monochromatic along with the cabinetry
Stone hood adds drama and elegance to the peaked ceiling of this Malibu kitchen
Gorgeous stone hood with brass emblem on the front add old world elegance to this range
Francois and Company used this metal and stone hood for this rich and stunning kitchen
In this elegant kitchen with tall ceilings, Jim Howard went with an understated wood range hood all the way up…love the marble subways in conjunction with this old world look
Beautiful ornate limestone hood graces this rich European flavored kitchen, Design Galleria
Alllison Caccoma designed this gorgeous lattice detailed hood in this stunning white kitchen
Beautiful limestone hood graces this fabulous European range
Rinfret Designs chose this over sized limestone hood with a decorative border for this rustic elegant kitchen
This serious cooks kitchen didn’t go with a traditional range but chose to continue with the subway tile application as part of the hood, Atticmag
Francois and Company’s hood is gorgeous in this fabulous kitchen
This is a great looking aluminum and stainless hood..works beautifully in this kitchen
In this Christophe Peacock kitchen, the hood is kept purposeful simple and classic
Gorgeous stone hood is a great choice for this country feeling but sophisticated kitchen
Love this…black and brass hood match the fabulous range…timeless classic!
A stainless hood is in keeping with the white and stainless themed kitchen, Gardenweb
This one appears to be a painted aluminum hood….very pretty
Same kitchen…also like the crystal bell jar lamps above the island!
A utilitarian approach was used here in this fabulous country kitchen, lots of shelving/storage on this modified range hood, Country Living (love the oil painting…how unexpected)
Bunny  Williams designed this kitchen and the dramatic glazed dark wood hood
A simple domed white hood is all you need for this showstopper range!
An aluminum hood to match the commercial range
Rebecca Bradley designed this kitchen and chose a stone and painted wood hood for this fabulous Le Cornue range….kept it monochromatic
Simple white painted hood for a classic white kitchen
This is different, a hood within a hood…..looks like they used stone, wood and aluminum
A close up….thoughts?
A combination of light and dark woods was used for this kitchens hood
A large tray rests on this hood to give it a little more drama
Beautiful metal hood adds interest to other elements going on in this kitchen
Habersham’s painted kitchen,  love the colors and the crest on front
Very pretty wood hearth/hood
Black hood looks dramatic and gorgeous in this white kitchen, Habersham
Over sized limestone range is the focal point in this fabulous kitchen, Design Galleria
Clive Christian kept the range/hearth the same color as the gorgeous buttery yellow kitchen
Peter Bolton chose limestone and limestone bricks to finish this rustic country kitchens range
So what do you think? Do you have one or would you like one? I am a big fan and the possibilities are truly endless. Hope you have an enchanting day!

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A new twist on an old classic….Butlers pantries!



Good morning…the situation in Japan sadly is evolving, to become an even more catastrophic one than what was originally suggested. I had a feeling that the death toll and level of destruction would be great, with such a devastating earthquake. All we can do is pray for the people of Japan and ask God to look over and protect them and help them with the recovery process. On our end, we should all take the time to give thanks for even the smallest things…..if it shows us one thing, it is that life is more precious than we can possibly imagine and we must covet and cherish what we have.

I came across this short, to the point list of ways we can help through Time’s newsfeed….click?


click?here?for more information……

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I love the look of a beautiful old world butlers pantry. Especially if the ceilings are nice and tall and the cabinets are taken straight up. Butlers pantries have made a comeback and a big one at that! Once used in larger, grander traditional homes, they are now being put into all styles and sizes of homes, more than ever. They were traditionally used for storage, for things like silver, linens, china services,etc…..now they are used for everything from storage to prep to serving. And it has been told that this is one of the most requested rooms in new construction since the mid 1990’s…..interesting, how the old eventually becomes the new again.

Pantries can be as small as a single hutch or as large as a kitchen..but suffice to say there are so many fabulous things one can do when designing a butlers pantry…..?whether to go all the way up to the ceiling with the cabinets even if it means creating smaller boxed cabinetry on top that might never get used. Whether to use all wood, glass or metal screened doors or a combination of the three. What kind of counter tops to use..I am always a huge fan of marble. What kinds of appliances, sinks,etc..you might need and of course establishing what the needs are of the?butlers pantry.

?Will this really be used as a smaller prep kitchen or is it just another beautiful space to store and display gorgeous things? Beautiful things can come in small packages as is evidenced by the gorgeous spaces in today’s post. i think its all about scale, execution, texture, and of course the finish. Lighting helps as does the selection of counter tops and back splashes. So many variables..no wrong or right away..it all comes down to personal taste, budget and style. I love each and every one of these……do you have a favorite? How do you like to use a butlers pantry? Would you want one?



Tish Key designed this stunning dramatic black stained butlers pantry
Morgan Creek designed this attractive green glazed pantry with lots of glass
I like the glass sliding doors leading to this pantry with plenty of open shelves
This is neat, a door leading to the open shelved pantry has a chalk board application…what better place to jot things down! Atticmag
Gorgeous gray butlers pantry, belongs to Gina of Willow Decor..love how it goes all the way up to the ceiling and of course all that glass makes for a dramatic space!
You can get funky, here an interior barn door against a chalk board wall is the entrance to this pantry…atticmag
Crown point went all the way up in this attractive small butlers pantry
Wow this is dramatic…a blue lacquered butlers pantry, tons of space and really different! Colleen Fox Interiors
Beautiful tall creamy white butlers pantry, love the water German water glass, Maurys Place
Beautiful dark wood stained butlers pantry topped with luxurious white marble..a winner!
Beautiful dramatic all lead glassed doored pantry, by Morgan Creek
Something about a white pantry topped with dark counter tops and lots of glass that is classic
Habersham created this black distressed butlers pantry/hutch
Incredible pantry lined with glass fronted cabinets…an abundance of space with a small island!
Dransfield and Ross designed this cozy old fashioned feeling butlers pantry
Love this rich dark navy butlers pantry in all its glossy finished glory!
This gorgeous pantry in all its creamy white glory used brass hardware to dress it up
Apply green pantry..love the ladder, the glass cabinets and the open plates for shelving…not sure about the color though…Colleen Fox
Cozy and traditional painted butlers pantry, love the checkerboard floor, photo by Bill Leddon
Fabulous creamy colored butlers pantry with pretty leaded glass, Morgan Creek
A multi purpose pantry with pull out shelves and lots of storage by Superior woodcraft
Lots of open shelving in this country feeling butlers pantry
Habersham designed this distressed green glazed pantry, interesting scroll work on the doors
A butlers pantry that doubles as a pretty decorative hutch
Beautiful art deco feeling butlers pantry, gorgeous teak countertops, Willowbrook
One of my all time favorites, the color, all the glass, the marble and the hardware…all beautiful
Elizabeth Kimberly designed this pretty gray painted hutch/butlers pantry
Kitchen Lab created this small pantry off the main kitchen, love the black walls and marble!
Morgan Creek designed this fabulous gray/green butlers pantry..love the dimaond leaded glass…beautiful!
This is a mega pantry! With another set of full appliances, it is the ultimate prep pantry.
A small set of glass french doors leads to this small pantry….lovely
Morgan Creek designed this gorgeous pantry with a heavy glazing and lots of glass doors for displaying….nicely done
This large European feeling pantry was painted in a pale blue with white hardware
This is different, a wall of books leads to a glass doored pantry full of open shelving!

So what do you think? Anything you absolutely love? Do you think a butlers pantry serves a real purpose beyond a pretty display room? Would you want one? Would love to know! Have a wonderful day!

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A new twist on an old classic….Butlers pantries!


Good morning…the situation in Japan sadly is evolving, to become an even more catastrophic one than what was originally suggested. I had a feeling that the death toll and level of destruction would be great, with such a devastating earthquake. All we can do is pray for the people of Japan and ask God to look over and protect them and help them with the recovery process. On our end, we should all take the time to give thanks for even the smallest things…..if it shows us one thing, it is that life is more precious than we can possibly imagine and we must covet and cherish what we have.
I came across this short, to the point list of ways we can help through Time’s newsfeed….click 
click here for more information……
                             


I love the look of a beautiful old world butlers pantry. Especially if the ceilings are nice and tall and the cabinets are taken straight up. Butlers pantries have made a comeback and a big one at that! Once used in larger, grander traditional homes, they are now being put into all styles and sizes of homes, more than ever. They were traditionally used for storage, for things like silver, linens, china services,etc…..now they are used for everything from storage to prep to serving. And it has been told that this is one of the most requested rooms in new construction since the mid 1990’s…..interesting, how the old eventually becomes the new again.
Pantries can be as small as a single hutch or as large as a kitchen..but suffice to say there are so many fabulous things one can do when designing a butlers pantry….. whether to go all the way up to the ceiling with the cabinets even if it means creating smaller boxed cabinetry on top that might never get used. Whether to use all wood, glass or metal screened doors or a combination of the three. What kind of counter tops to use..I am always a huge fan of marble. What kinds of appliances, sinks,etc..you might need and of course establishing what the needs are of the butlers pantry.
 Will this really be used as a smaller prep kitchen or is it just another beautiful space to store and display gorgeous things? Beautiful things can come in small packages as is evidenced by the gorgeous spaces in today’s post. i think its all about scale, execution, texture, and of course the finish. Lighting helps as does the selection of counter tops and back splashes. So many variables..no wrong or right away..it all comes down to personal taste, budget and style. I love each and every one of these……do you have a favorite? How do you like to use a butlers pantry? Would you want one?

Tish Key designed this stunning dramatic black stained butlers pantry
Morgan Creek designed this attractive green glazed pantry with lots of glass
I like the glass sliding doors leading to this pantry with plenty of open shelves
This is neat, a door leading to the open shelved pantry has a chalk board application…what better place to jot things down! Atticmag
Gorgeous gray butlers pantry, belongs to Gina of Willow Decor..love how it goes all the way up to the ceiling and of course all that glass makes for a dramatic space!
You can get funky, here an interior barn door against a chalk board wall is the entrance to this pantry…atticmag
Crown point went all the way up in this attractive small butlers pantry
Wow this is dramatic…a blue lacquered butlers pantry, tons of space and really different! Colleen Fox Interiors
Beautiful tall creamy white butlers pantry, love the water German water glass, Maurys Place
Beautiful dark wood stained butlers pantry topped with luxurious white marble..a winner!
Beautiful dramatic all lead glassed doored pantry, by Morgan Creek
Something about a white pantry topped with dark counter tops and lots of glass that is classic
Habersham created this black distressed butlers pantry/hutch
Incredible pantry lined with glass fronted cabinets…an abundance of space with a small island!
Dransfield and Ross designed this cozy old fashioned feeling butlers pantry
Love this rich dark navy butlers pantry in all its glossy finished glory!
This gorgeous pantry in all its creamy white glory used brass hardware to dress it up
Apply green pantry..love the ladder, the glass cabinets and the open plates for shelving…not sure about the color though…Colleen Fox
Cozy and traditional painted butlers pantry, love the checkerboard floor, photo by Bill Leddon
Fabulous creamy colored butlers pantry with pretty leaded glass, Morgan Creek
A multi purpose pantry with pull out shelves and lots of storage by Superior woodcraft
Lots of open shelving in this country feeling butlers pantry
Habersham designed this distressed green glazed pantry, interesting scroll work on the doors
A butlers pantry that doubles as a pretty decorative hutch
Beautiful art deco feeling butlers pantry, gorgeous teak countertops, Willowbrook
One of my all time favorites, the color, all the glass, the marble and the hardware…all beautiful
Elizabeth Kimberly designed this pretty gray painted hutch/butlers pantry
Kitchen Lab created this small pantry off the main kitchen, love the black walls and marble!
Morgan Creek designed this fabulous gray/green butlers pantry..love the dimaond leaded glass…beautiful!
This is a mega pantry! With another set of full appliances, it is the ultimate prep pantry.
A small set of glass french doors leads to this small pantry….lovely
Morgan Creek designed this gorgeous pantry with a heavy glazing and lots of glass doors for displaying….nicely done
This large European feeling pantry was painted in a pale blue with white hardware
This is different, a wall of books leads to a glass doored pantry full of open shelving!

So what do you think? Anything you absolutely love? Do you think a butlers pantry serves a real purpose beyond a pretty display room? Would you want one? Would love to know! Have a wonderful day!

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