Sparkling Kitchens

I don't know one woman who doesn't love bright, shiny, sparkly things.  Hint, hint significant others you can never go wrong with glitz.  Brad, honey, that includes you!!  As we're somehow in 2016 and having just celebrated New Years it's had me thinking all things glitz and glamour.  I feel in the coming year we will be seeing more and more kitchens pushing the edge in that aspect, particularly with brass, gold, and copper. 

Although Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent weren't the first to put the glitz and glamour into a kitchen, I feel since their home was published in Architectural Digest late 2015 it will become quite a hit in 2016.   

The first thing to catch my eyes, as I'm sure yours, was the island, and then the solarium style windows.  The curved windows give such interest to not only that particular wall, but the entire space, bringing in so much sunlight.  By keeping the windows, cabinets, and even the Viking appliances all black they are able to keep the focus on that killer island.  

Could their daughter, poppy be any cuter?  

Could their daughter, poppy be any cuter?  

If you think that island was special just look Jean-Louis Deniot's gorgeous kitchen.  I'm sure most people would not immediately think to put hammered silver cabinets in, but used in a small space it's perfect.  He's kept the "jewelry", like the chandelier, cabinet hardware, and even the art's frame in the same hue as the cabinet, so as not to distract from the cabinets.  Also, by keeping the floor and backsplash the same material it helps with the cohesive feel.  

If you're not quite ready to have metallic cabinets, a more subtle way to bring it into your kitchen is to do what Nate and Jeremiah did, install it on your island.  

I absolutely love this but all i can think about is how many little fingerprints and handprints would be on it on a daily basis.  designed by  mckimm    

I absolutely love this but all i can think about is how many little fingerprints and handprints would be on it on a daily basis.  designed by mckimm

 

Believe it or not, this is a  digital rendering  

Believe it or not, this is a digital rendering 

What makes the islands below so wonderful is you get the best of both worlds, open shelving for easy access, and drawers.  Williams Sonoma doesn't currently sell the brass island anymore, but they do sell it in a polished nickel finish.  

I can hear my husband Brad now, "there's NO WAY we're putting those gold cabinets or island in our kitchen!!"  He hates gold. I think it has something to do with all the gold frames and accessories at my Mother's house.  He thinks it's old lady.  Little does he know how BIG it is currently in home design.  So to compromise I would then say, "well then I'm putting it on the hood and hardware!"  Marriage, all about compromise......I always get my way on the design side ;)

actress Dianna Agron's kitchen and a beautiful garden party featured on  domaine  

actress Dianna Agron's kitchen and a beautiful garden party featured on domaine 

via  domino

via domino

designed by  michael bechara

designed by michael bechara

hello white beauty!!!

hello white beauty!!!

For something a little unexpected try putting the glitz on your backsplash.  

cameron Diaz's apartment designed by the incredible Kelly Wearstler via  elle decor

cameron Diaz's apartment designed by the incredible Kelly Wearstler via elle decor

New Ravenna  tile handmade with 24K gold glass and agate and quartz jewel glass

New Ravenna tile handmade with 24K gold glass and agate and quartz jewel glass

The possibilities are absolutely endless as to where you can put the character in your space, including the kitchen sink, where I know I spend a lot of my day.

i'm a sucker for a deep  kitchen sink , and one that you can wash two babies at the same time....even better!!

i'm a sucker for a deep kitchen sink, and one that you can wash two babies at the same time....even better!!

paper towel  holder

paper towel holder

do you think this  silverware  would help my food taste better?  i know my husband's fingers are crossed hoping so!  I've been known to even mess up success rice, where Brad says they give you your money back if you can't cook it properly.  

do you think this silverware would help my food taste better?  i know my husband's fingers are crossed hoping so!  I've been known to even mess up success rice, where Brad says they give you your money back if you can't cook it properly.  

The key to pulling off these metals is to keep the rest of your kitchen neutral and let the metallic do the talking.  Whether you decide to go big, or keep it simple, you can't go wrong.  If you're still unsure about using this finish in your kitchen, try switching out your cabinet hardware.  It's an inexpensive change that can instantly update your space while also giving you an "in style kitchen".

Thanks so much for reading!!

Tucker xo

Music Keeps Me Spirited: The Black Keys

So I've got this love affair with music.  I don't quite think my husband gets it.  A song will come on and I'll just jam out.  I'll look over and he's just looking at me with the strangest expression, which I'm assuming just means "wow, I'm just so lucky to have her." Now what I really think he's thinking is more like, " I married one strange woman and I have no idea why she's getting so excited about a song."  He just doesn't get it, but for me to quote musician, Chet Faker, "music keeps me spirited".  It consumes me and takes me to another place.  I remember riding down the road with my Dad when I was young listening to Derek and the Dominos, Aretha Franklin, and Fleetwood Mac and watching many air guitars and jam out sessions. I was destined to love to music. 

So when I heard The Black Keys "Gold on the Ceiling", as a designer all I could think about were these amazing ceilings with gold on the ceiling, naturally.  

"They wanna get my...

They wanna get my

Gold on the ceiling

I ain't blind

Just a matter of time

Before you steal it

It's alright

Ain't no guard in my house"

Now I'm sorry, but if I had any of these ceilings I'd have a guard at my house!  

The black walls help accentuate the ceiling, making sure your eyes can't miss it.  

The black walls help accentuate the ceiling, making sure your eyes can't miss it.  

I will say this time and time again I'm sure on the blog, but the foyer is where the magic can really happen.  The entry is where you can step a bit out of your comfort zone and play with color, texture, and pattern.  It's a small space but if done correctly can really wow your guests.

Now this is a strong competition of what's more gorgeous, the gold ceiling or the teal lacquered walls.

Now this is a strong competition of what's more gorgeous, the gold ceiling or the teal lacquered walls.

If you take note of the photos, the key to achieving a gold ceiling properly without it looking like you have Elvis' suit on the ceiling is to keep your furnishings simple.  Keep everything neutral but you can accent with one hue and carry it through your space.  

And just in case you wanted to hear The Black Keys "Gold on the Ceiling".  

 

And because I'm such a music lover, check out Chet Faker's "Gold".  Oh, and because Asher thinks I'm the main girl (I wish)


Thanks so much for reading!!

Tucker xo