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Everything Has a Place

Not to belabor a point, BUT… I adore kitchens. They truly are the heart of the home and considering all of the activity whirling about, they beg for organization. Dishes, cookbooks, coffee makers, mail, and backpacks… This list could go on!  In an effort to keep everything from being strewn about, kitchens call for a place for everything!

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Just below, I love the open shelving under this kitchen’s island. Here we have a “tucked away” spot for cookbooks. These could also be displayed by grouping the books by color – Sorting the whites, yellows/oranges, blues, darker colors, etc… A collection of canisters would also be beautiful.

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Open shelving for cookbooks above the cabinets provide great functionality. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

Here, the corbels supporting the wall-mounted shelves and island counter top provide a nice decorative element and dimension to the space.

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– Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

These stained-wood shelves provide a warm contrast to the otherwise very white & neutral space. They provide an out of the way space for decorative objects, are a discrete location for the music source, and stow away the cups & saucers.

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The linear and minimalist design frame out the space which is set apart for the espresso machine and beautifully compliment the herringbone tile detail on the wall! – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

Aren’t the glass doors on this cabinetry fabulous? Another beautiful way to accomplish attractive and useful storage in the kitchen. More to come!

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In Living Color

Oftentimes, in our first conversations with homeowners, there is a request for livability and a home with stylish design. They want it to reflect their personality and unique characteristics without losing its functionality. One way we meet this need in interior design is through the application of color. While many individuals seek a serene muted and monochromatic space, that is not what I am referring to here…today I am speaking to the design preferences of those who seek to be In Living Color. 

Here color is enjoyed on a daily basis as seen in this kitchen and breakfast area…

Family dining... Blue chairs with a retro design contrasted as they surround a more primitive table.

Family dining… Blue chairs with a retro design contrasted as they surround a more primitive table. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

 

Resting in the guest bedroom,

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The gentle pink above has added interest found in the floral patterned wallpaper. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

These clients seek fun, yet livable, color. The two color palettes above utilize dominant colors partnered with white. White, as it is composed of all colors in the spectrum of light, will always compliment the already present hues.

I do love the simplicity of the yellow pedestal as it accompanies this multi-color, floral chair.

I also LOVE the sweet  golden in this photo! He is perfectly content in this fireplace vignette! - Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

How ’bout the sweet golden in this photo?! He is perfectly content in this fireplace vignette… – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

 

Beth Haley Design’s master bedroom below is made a bit more restful as it has a more muted hue.

A restful master with mossy green complimented with a nice rusty red. - Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

A restful master – Here mossy green is complimented with a nice rusty red. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

 

Check out this autumn, mum-gold in this bold and colorful wall-paper… You know that folks must be having a good time in this living room!

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What are some of your favorite bold colors for a space? Do you like to make a colorful statement in your kitchen, living room, or other spaces in your home? If so, we would love to hear from you!

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