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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.

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.

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Ikea has options that are worth a look.

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A nice addition to a narrow galley kitchen.

 

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The mix of metals is nice.

 

Kitchen Pot Rails schoolhousevia Schoolhouse Electric Brass Rail

We like it in brass.

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Hey lady, way to choose a faucet!

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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

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

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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,

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View of island in other direction,

 

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painted floor in the kitchen and the mudroom wall,

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

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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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Kitchen Essentials: Bread Boards

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So maybe you don’t bake bread, chances are excellent that you don’t.

You’ll be surprised to know that the fact that you don’t make your own bread does not in any way diminish your need for a bread board. Bread boards are in every kitchen, take a spin through your kitchen Pinterest board or the pages of Elle Decor, House Beautiful etc. and you’ll see them there propped on the counter top.

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They warm up those white kitchens we love so much, they add some rustic to our modern and they don’t just accessorize they are functional because they are…cutting and serving boards.

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Do you need one? Yes. Should you have two? Probably.

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Lean them against your subway tile backsplash. Stack them in a huge antique basket. Serve up something beautiful.

Here are a few choices if you’re in the market,

bread board roundup1. On Our Table slab 2. General Store cutting board 3. The Estate of Things antique bread board 4. Terrain Marble & Wood serving board 5. Early American Shop Artisan bread board 6. Wood and Table cutting board

 

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Choosing Kitchen Faucets

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If you’ve taken on a kitchen renovation project on your own or just want to make some affordable upgrades the time will come when you have to select a faucet. All of the design details like faucets, hardware and tile join together to make a unique kitchen that is personal and functional. Some homeowners wait until they are prompted by the builder or plumber to get the faucet and are pressed for time while others are prepared and already have all of their fixtures ordered ahead of time. After choosing several for my own projects and some for clients I think I’ve got the process down.

First let’s get familiar with the common faucet styles,

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STYLE CONSIDERATION

Not every faucet is created equal and whether you’re remodeling or upgrading your kitchen, consider the style of the space before you buy just any old faucet. Bridge faucets look just as fantastic in brownstone kitchens as they do in a Birmingham farmhouse but carefully consider what fits your kitchen and what will be most functional for your lifestyle and habits in the kitchen. Look at the lines of the faucet and consider whether or not you’ll still like it in 10-15 years.

FINISHES

Do you want to be a part of the brass resurgence or are you like me and think it’s pretty to look at for now…and then everyone will return again to their silver finishes whether it be polished chrome or nickel? Some manufactures offer more finish choices than others. Waterworks has just over a dozen different metal finishes while Kohler offers only five finishes for it’s popular Purist bridge faucet. Also consider whether or not you’re open to mixing metals in the kitchen or if you want all fixtures and hardware to coordinate.

UPGRADES

Let me upgrade ya’. There are a few things to consider before deciding to upgrade an existing faucet; like how many holes are drilled in to the existing countertop or what is the depth between the sink and the window sill or backsplash. It’s a good idea to consult a plumber on the logistics of installation or a designer who has experience in renovating or kitchen design.

 

 

 

 

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The House Diaries Kitchen

I really appreciate the renovation effort in Nicole’s kitchen chronicled in her blog The House Diaries. I’m guessing you’ll like many other spots in Nicole’s house too. Their house underwent the kind of renovation I enjoy–a big one.

I like the great vintage scores in the dining nook like the pair of gray chalk painted dressers and the large chalkboard. I also love that Nicole asked the builder to wrap the wall with ship lap, I like that she chose furniture style legs for the cabinets and that they reach for the ceiling and my most favorite choice–the rustic shelves mounted under the cabinets. A beautiful, functional and personal space is what patience and careful planning will get you when renovating. It will come people but it takes time.

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