Greige Kitchens

Did you hear? Hear what you say?  Grey is heading out.  Maybe you've heard, or maybe you're just hearing this.  But either way, you're probably stressing out a bit.  But my whole house is grey, my kitchen is grey, what can I do?!!  First, remember, there's always phases in design.  Things come and go, but you can work with what you've got.  

One big "new" trend, remember, things always cycle, is greige, or taupe kitchen cabinets.  I remember watching Nate and Jeremiah by Design on TLC last year and they bought their new home, a 1928 Spanish Colonial, and were redoing it.  They kept their kitchen's footprint, didn't even replace the cabinets, but painted them.  The new griege paint color really popped the trim detail on the cabinet doors and also the new hardware.  Again, it goes to show that painting something can really change the feel of a room or piece of furniture.  Note, the age of Nate and Jeremiah's home, the color is a very historical color and will work fabulously with homes with character

How cute are Poppy and her dad, Jeremiah.  If you haven't watched Nate and Jeremiah by Design yet you need to binge  watch season 1  because season 2 begins on April 7th on TLC.  What I really appreciate about their show verses other design shows, is that one, they don't all look the same.  They take their client's style and makes a home for them, not just a "flip style" home.  Secondly, they show what it  actually  costs to do a design project.  Most design show pricing is soooooo not realistic with their budget.  If you want to see their past New York home  click here .   

How cute are Poppy and her dad, Jeremiah.  If you haven't watched Nate and Jeremiah by Design yet you need to binge watch season 1 because season 2 begins on April 7th on TLC.  What I really appreciate about their show verses other design shows, is that one, they don't all look the same.  They take their client's style and makes a home for them, not just a "flip style" home.  Secondly, they show what it actually costs to do a design project.  Most design show pricing is soooooo not realistic with their budget.  If you want to see their past New York home click here.   

Oh my heavens that  curved island !  I know your eye went straight to it too.  Could you imagine 2 of those chandeliers over this island?!! 

Oh my heavens that curved island!  I know your eye went straight to it too.  Could you imagine 2 of those chandeliers over this island?!! 

Polished nickel and aged brass look good with taupe cabinets.  

Polished nickel and aged brass look good with taupe cabinets.  

The color clearly works even in a modern setting.  Oh, and  i love latch door hardware.  via  My domaine  

The color clearly works even in a modern setting.  Oh, and  i love latch door hardware.  via My domaine 

crisp and bright. 

crisp and bright. 

via  The Cow Spot  
This is a  christopher peacock kitchen .  You don't know  christopher peacock ?  well he's the gold star of all kitchen cabinetry.  I first fell in love with his artistry and quality during my internship in London.  

This is a christopher peacock kitchen.  You don't know christopher peacock?  well he's the gold star of all kitchen cabinetry.  I first fell in love with his artistry and quality during my internship in London.  

I like the crispness of the white backsplash and countertop with the nickel hardware.  They all help lighten the kitchen up.

I like the crispness of the white backsplash and countertop with the nickel hardware.  They all help lighten the kitchen up.

This was designed by  Tobi Fairley  from my hometown.  It's a penthouse with some bold looks and an even bolder entry.  

This was designed by Tobi Fairley from my hometown.  It's a penthouse with some bold looks and an even bolder entry.  

Note how this countertop and backsplash have grey undertones.  it is possible to tweak your kitchen with not a lot of money.  

Note how this countertop and backsplash have grey undertones.  it is possible to tweak your kitchen with not a lot of money.  

Oh those stools and brass bring so much warmth to this space.  

Oh those stools and brass bring so much warmth to this space.  

This is technically a mini bar area, but the paint color really works with the mortar color of the bricks.  

This is technically a mini bar area, but the paint color really works with the mortar color of the bricks.  

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Just look at that pot rack and butcher block!! via  Houzz  

Just look at that pot rack and butcher block!! via Houzz 

I also learned about  Smallbone of Devizes  when I was in London.  This is from their  hand painted collection .  

I also learned about Smallbone of Devizes when I was in London.  This is from their hand painted collection.  

I sure love a white kitchen, but now have the itch to paint.  It might be time to get the boys' bathroom cabinet painted in taupe.  

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker

It's All Coming Up...Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  In kid world, that means wear your green today or you'll get pinched.  In my head it gets me thinking about green in the kitchen.  I know you've seen on Pinterest, HGTV, and in your design magazines the classic mix of the white with blue cabinets.  Whether it's base cabinets in a dark blue, or a navy island, it's everywhere.  As much as I do love the classic color combination of blue and white, I think this year we'll start seeing a subtle shift with less blue and it being replaced with a dark, mossy green.  Currently in design there's a focus on incorporating nature and nature's colors in our interiors.  So this would be a natural fit to have green in your kitchen.  

As I'm sure you've noticed brass has made a big comeback.  Brass, copper, any of those warm finishes will coordinate perfectly with your green cabinets.  In fact, those finishes will actually help accentuate the depth of the green that you've selected for your kitchen.  So go on, think outside the box a little, and enjoy these untraditional, but equally special "lucky" kitchens.  

These are  original 1920s arched windows !!!  I'll say it again, you just can't get  character  like this nowadays.  And I know I don't need to state the obvious, that wine rack!

These are original 1920s arched windows!!!  I'll say it again, you just can't get character like this nowadays.  And I know I don't need to state the obvious, that wine rack!

You should see this before and after  kitchen . 

You should see this before and after kitchen

oh, ok, an art ledge in a  kitchen ?!  sold!  This photos sold you hasn't it?  

oh, ok, an art ledge in a kitchen?!  sold!  This photos sold you hasn't it?  

The base cabinets and rugs in this  kitchen  bounce their colors off each other, and highlight each other.  

The base cabinets and rugs in this kitchen bounce their colors off each other, and highlight each other.  

I know i've shown this  kitchen  before, but this is the  perfect example  of how green and brass meld perfectly together.  

I know i've shown this kitchen before, but this is the perfect example of how green and brass meld perfectly together.  

I bet you didn't look at this photo and think a bachelor lived in it.  Who says a  bachelor pad  has to have a tailored, mens suit feel?

I bet you didn't look at this photo and think a bachelor lived in it.  Who says a bachelor pad has to have a tailored, mens suit feel?

This is a nice dark, saturated  green  that would work in many house settings.

This is a nice dark, saturated green that would work in many house settings.

Ok, Ok, green lacquered cabinets and that backsplash?!  The backsplash kinda reminds me of an updated diner.  

Ok, Ok, green lacquered cabinets and that backsplash?!  The backsplash kinda reminds me of an updated diner.  

Still not sure you can pull off green cabinets?  Try pulling the color into your backsplash.  It's a less permanent option, and usually a less expensive change if you decide in a few years that you really don't like it.  I might just have to add green to my kitchen in hopes that it gives me more luck on the cooking front.  

The  fish scale tiles  are becoming more and more popular and in this malachite green it really makes a large impact.  

The fish scale tiles are becoming more and more popular and in this malachite green it really makes a large impact.  

This is a dreamy color and would look nice in many different neutral kitchens.  

This is a dreamy color and would look nice in many different neutral kitchens.  

Herringbone is very popular these days, why not spice it up a bit and make it green?!

Herringbone is very popular these days, why not spice it up a bit and make it green?!

Happy St. Patty's Day!  Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker

Open Shelving in the Kitchen

I'm sure if you've seen Fixer Upper you've seen the episode with Chip and Joanna fixing up a midcentury modern home.  This was the first home that they stepped out of their comfort zone and didn't do shiplap.  I think Chip and Joanna are cute, and even Brad enjoys the show, but I do love it when they don't use shiplap.  It's so refreshing to see something new from them.  They redid a midcentury modern home, yet kept the feel of that era, while also keeping it practical and current for todays homeowners.  What struck me in the home that they redid was the brass and glass open shelving in the kitchen.  The moment I saw that, and knew that millions of others had too, I had a feeling that that style of shelving for the kitchen would soon become mainstream in many other kitchens around the US.  

midcentury modern on fixer upper

midcentury modern on fixer upper

Of course Chip and Joanna weren't the first to install these shelves.  Many of these kitchens with the open shelves remind me of a Parisian kitchen.  

Could this  kitchen  have any more character?!!!  between the greenhouse ceiling, the hood that mimics the shape of the ceiling and The shelves that are asking for some sweet treats to grace its perch

Could this kitchen have any more character?!!!  between the greenhouse ceiling, the hood that mimics the shape of the ceiling and The shelves that are asking for some sweet treats to grace its perch

I am loving this  brass hood

I am loving this brass hood

although a  restaurant , This look could be found in any home and look amazing 

although a restaurant, This look could be found in any home and look amazing 

Of course brass plays a large part in this style of shelving, but also matte black.  One of my favorite examples of this is designer, Lauren Liess' own kitchen.  Well the kitchen she had till she sold in Fall of 2015.  

how lucky are those new homeowners?

how lucky are those new homeowners?

suspended  hanging shelves  workin' it in a narrow kitchen

suspended hanging shelves workin' it in a narrow kitchen

i love the mix of a saarinen tulip talbe with wishbone chairs, via  greige design

i love the mix of a saarinen tulip talbe with wishbone chairs, via greige design

Glass shelves are clearly, see what I did there?  Wait, is that even funny?  Let's pretend it is.  So glass shelves provide an airy open feel so when you're tight on space and need that extra storage space this would be the only time I could think to "block" a window.  So you're getting storage, still getting sunlight, and it looks good. 

If you're looking for an easy, instant way to achieve this look Pottery Barn has a beautiful shelf that would look great in many spaces. 

Not quite perfect for the kitchen, but perfect in many other settings, via  restoration hardware    

Not quite perfect for the kitchen, but perfect in many other settings, via restoration hardware

 

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker