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Kitchens

Ahh, we love Kitchens. Modern Kitchen Renovation is literally one of our favorite topics in home decor. We follow all of the home decor trends, but none more than kitchen decor trends. Here you will find all of Sarah’s kitchen renovation projects for TEOT as well as inspiration and trends that we have chronicled here on the home decor blog.

A Subway Tile Alternative

Pinterest knows that I’m working on a kitchen, a modern and relatively simple kitchen because of algorithms and such.

So what begins to get threaded through is a lot of those types of kitchens, what a little helper. And I started seeing this tile,

Granted it’s a little forced because of the algorithms but I also began taking notice on Instagram too and before you know it, I’m thinking are we inching away ever so slowly from subway or do we just need a break now and then.

If you’re looking for a break from subway, maybe folding those corners down or giving a slight exotic twist still holds you to the timelessness of the subway rectangle while still creating a little modern edge.

What other solid color shapes are you thinking about lately for your kitchen backsplash?

Walker Zanger
picket tile, Fireclay
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The Return of the Wooden Kitchen Cabinet

I’ve been pinning and dreaming and saving kitchen inspirations ever since we moved into the new place over two years ago and I’ve begun to notice something in my inspiration images that you have probably already caught onto as well.

The Wooden Kitchen Cabinet is back.

It’s better than ever though, here are a few examples to enjoy.

 

via Domino Mag

via Emily Berry

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via Domino Magazine

via Amber

I’m not sure what this means for my particular kitchen. I have some lovely wide plank oak floors that bring in plenty of the natural wood grain that I love. So my guess is that we won’t be springing for wood on top of wood when we do take the cabinet leap.

But I sure do like what I’m seeing out there on the internets! How bout y’all?

 

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the Coffee Bar

Have you noticed the addition of the coffee bar in a kitchen? I’ve recently been in to two renovated kitchens here in my little town of Southern Pines that both had a coffee station. A few years ago, I visited a local friend and during a tour of the house, saw a small coffee station upstairs in the hall just off the master, what a retreat. My friend said that her coffee maker was wifi and i could start it up anywhere from my phone! I went and looked up these wifi coffee makers reviews here, and I am going to get my own soon.

Instead of just adding the coffee maker to the other countertop appliances and putting the mugs away in the cabinet with the rest of the glasses, it can have a dedicated space all it’s own. It’s a solid way to put an unused area in the kitchen to work. Maybe it’s trading the bar cart in for the coffee bar, maybe you have both.

 

I’m not sure about the Flavor Flav wall clock but I love that espresso machine and the warm wood of those cabinets.

A traditional coffee station with a pretty tiled backsplash, although there is a lot being stored here, there’s a good composition happening,

An iteration of the barn door, the sliding cabinet door would be a fantastic way to conceal your coffee bar or coffee supplies that maybe aren’t as good-looking as the mugs and shiny stainless espresso machine

My favorite example of the coffee bar is in Heather Bullard’s kitchen. It’s an area with open shelving to the right of that beautiful sub zero. BTW- Heather is a fantastic stylist and her site is chockfull of images that will make you go hmmmm.

Coffee bar elegance, velvety dove gray. The machinery takes center stage here.

Sleek and modern coffee station,

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Kitchen Decor Ideas: Pot Rails in Kitchen

Here’s an idea! Install kitchen pot rails.

Hanging pots, baskets and using S-hooks for ladles and servers provides a lovely yet utilitarian aspect to your kitchen shelving. Kitchen pot rails are where it’s at!

I really want to hang white shelving with a curved white brackets in mine, but it will block the line of sight through the kitchen.

So… I think the alternative is to install some rails to hang pots and other things on.

This will free up drawer space, utilize the wall space in a small kitchen lacking in storage and get a little splash of that industrial kitchen look all for a minimal investment.

So, I started digging around and looking for some ideas.

Not surprising, hanging pots happens a lot in small spaces and apartment kitchens. Here are a few that I found.

Kitchen Pot Rails small kitchen

Ikea has options that are worth a look.

Kitchen Pot Rails rail galley kitchen

A nice addition to a narrow galley kitchen.

 

Kitchen Pot Rails rail lots of pots

The mix of metals is nice.

 

Kitchen Pot Rails schoolhousevia Schoolhouse Electric Brass Rail

We like it in brass.

Kitchen Pot Rails - nice faucet

Hey lady, way to choose a faucet!

Kitchen Pot Rails- mix brass

Kitchen Pot Rails - onions

Now this is a workable idea, produce in hanging wire baskets. I like the combination of a little basket, some cook ware, maybe an oven mit or a colander

Kitchen Pot Rails ikeaIKEA Fintorp Rail

Kitchen Pot Rails ultimate pots

But then there’s the ultimate, lots o’ pots over the sink and in front of the window–which I love just as much

Kitchen Pot Rails - over sink

 

 

We stock some very serious brass S-hooks from one of our favorite vendors, SIR|MADAM. These hooks will help to achieve this utilitarian aspect in your kitchen with some beauty.

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A Robert Stilin kitchen

I’ll be quick and to the point, you need to put the work of designer Robert Stilin on your radar. It’s subtle, a little masculine, collected and just all around genius.

Over the holiday weekend I got obsessed with the kitchen in an East Hampton village farmhouse Stilin designed that has been featured in House Beautiful. It whispers of what my house could one day become.

What I think is unique about it is that it openly melds the mudroom, sitting area and kitchen all together making the kitchen a space other than just a place to cook. It reminds me of another kitchen that I love, the kitchen of Mark Sikes. And I like that space because of that beautiful sitting area framed by built-in bookcases.

So often I sit in my Mom & Dad’s kitchen in a wicker chair, feet propped on an ottoman and talk to whoever is milling around in the kitchen. I choose the wicker chair over the bar stools every time. I find that a lot of the time, we hang out in there rather than in the living room unless we want to watch something on television.

This leads me to conclude two things,  1) I like eat-in kitchens  and  2) a comfortable sitting area in the kitchen is important, more so than barstools

Here’s the kitchen I’m drooling over-

aah those industrial pendants and that island hard at work,

robert stilin kitchen

 

View of island in other direction,

 

robert stilin kitchen island

 

painted floor in the kitchen and the mudroom wall,

robert stilin mudroom wall

 

Have a little bite or sit and talk to your peeps working behind the island,

robert stilin sitting area

 

 

 

 

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Kitchens with Vaulted Ceilings

I recently noticed kitchen spaces where the opportunity was seized and the resources were there to expand the kitchen space and reach for greater heights in a cathedral or vaulted ceiling.

You may find that you love kitchens with vaulted ceilings too, once you really dissect the examples to try and figure why it is that you like the room so much in the first place.

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