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Throw Back Thursday – Cabinetry with Style…

Cabinetry. The very thought of it brings a peaceful satisfaction to my kitchen-loving soul… A permanently installed element in the kitchen that is meant to solely provide storage and organization. Perfection in simplicity and purpose. What a beautiful thing?!

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The most recognizable element of kitchen cabinets are the doors. They set the groundwork for the rest of the space’s design. Let’s take a moment to consider shaker style cabinets. A simple face with a raised, straight edge around the perimeter. The shaker design is suitable for nearly all kinds of hardware, tile, and other decorative elements in kitchens and bathrooms. Previous blog posts have described the shaker as “universal”. Aptly put. Whether a kitchen leans traditional, modern, vintage or contemporary, shaker faced cabinets establish a canvas that can speak to each of these design aesthetics.

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On another note, flat front cabinets are sleek and clean. Interior designers are implementing this minimalist notion more and more in contemporary designs. Flat front cabinets are also beautiful in the absence of hardware and with the purity of a high gloss finish. No glazing here.  For many of today’s homeowners, the streamlined design offers a welcome calm via minimalism.

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The earlier mention of “glazing” makes me think of more traditional cabinetry which often has beautiful dimension. Here the cabinet door design has a raised panel and a more detailed profile along the trim. This is beautifully shown with a touch of glaze applied by hand for and artisan and organic character. “Distressed” doors also are used in traditional kitchens and bathrooms, though here a more cottage-like appearance is what clients are after.

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Another favorite from traditional homeowners involves a different glazing altogether. Glass front cabinet doors. Here “seeded” glass has a beautifully vintage, slightly skewed charm. The aged and less uniform element is perfect in its imperfection. In contrast, a pristine, clear glass accomplishes the modern aesthetic we discussed earlier!

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There is so much more to say about cabinetry and how it affects kitchen design as a whole… Custom elements to hold cutting boards and cookie sheets, deep drawers for heavy pots and pans, open shelves for cookbooks and coffee mugs. The list goes on and on, but that is another blog post for another time!

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Until then, we would love to hear your thoughts on cabinetry design and your favorite kitchens!

~ BHD

By |June 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Feeling is Natural!

Time is never wasted when spent in nature.  Today’s concept board is woodsy, earthy and grounded.  The mix of wood and metal tones with neutral upholstery is held together with an Indian wool rug; its faded blue reminds us of calm skies.

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Passion for Plates!

I have a passion, well, it’s a sickness really.  If you know me, you know I have a plethora of plates!  New, old, vintage, collectables, I love them all!  I have more dinnerware than I can store! Here are a few of my favorites!

I love Heath Ceramics.  They have been churning out great work since 1948.  I love the simplic shapes and mixing together the simple colors they use on their dinnerware.

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On the other end of the specturm is Kelly Wearstler’s collection for Pickard China.  It’s stong and bold and the various patterns blend beautifully.  Radiant orchid anyone?  Yes, please!

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All time favorite for me is Eva Zeisel.  Especially her designs for Hallcraft.  Beautiful lines and super fun patterns.  Not to boast, but I own this!!

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I don’t know about you, but Scandinavian designs always catch my eyes.  Especially when paired with great colors!  Love this Thomas Eyck cup and saucer!

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And last but not least is Peter Pincus!  That is a bowl and the back of dinner plates!  These patterns make me jump with joy!!

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Of course we could don our dining table with these beauties!  Or covet them in a closed cabinet, but why not put on display for all to see!

Classic Kelly Wearstler’s plate wall at the Viceroy in Santa Monica.

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Plates are great way to add an additional solid to your color scheme!

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Or, use artistic plates for an artistic statement!

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Take it to the next level and define some edges!

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What are your passions and how can you incorporate them into your interiors?