i may be a day late and a dollar short but I happened upon cultivate.com last night. it is a product of the pottery barn/west elm/etc genius. much like houzz.com for your house, cultivate is 100% kitchen. here are some of kitchens that i liked. (all images are via cultivate.com)
i love the giant island, the white cabinets and marble countertops….i might go with some more modern light fixtures if it were for my house.
i ADORE natural light…and i love this eat in kitchen!
loving the combo of countertops, the cabinets to the ceiling and the simple roman shades in the background…
another sunny kitchen! i love having barstools in a kitchen although i am not wild about this raised bar. don’t be afraid to put color on your cabinets.
clean, white, modern. yes, please!
perhaps my favorite thus far…i am head over heals for the tiled wall…bring on some herringbone!
of course, i began by taking the kitchen style survey. you chose between two kitchen images and after 10 rounds of selections, cultivate defines your kitchen style. mine was transitional: “timeless, refined and sophisticated, this style is for those who are more daring than traditional design but still love a good nod to the past. a harmonious blend of simple, modern lines with classic elements, this style often attracts people who love serene settings with a tailored does of style.”
well said!!! but what i found interesting is that i kind of think that this definition has some relevance to the rest of the house. except for the serene part. then again, it all depends on your definition of serene. many define serene as soft and quite spaces with muted colors. for me, serenity at home comes from order. everything has its place. spaces aren’t over furnished and over decorated. surfaces aren’t over accessorized. the design scheme is coherent and speaks throughout the house. basically, the house’s rooms speak to each other nicely and i can flow about and not feel jarred as i move from room to room.
for our house, i selected a few colors that carry through the house: grey, yellow, purple and turquoise. i also carry a few styles through the house: vintage modern, new modern, more traditional case goods, stellar lighting and delicious rugs.
our kitchen…(or at least half of it as the other half contains the kitchen table/my office and it is a MESS)
i contrasted the peninsula, wainscoting and window trim with sherwin williams’ indigo batik. it makes for a dynamite combo with the honed carrara marble and white cabinets.
marble, white, inky blue and chrome….one of my favorite decisions was painting the window trim, too.
more thoughts on the design approach that i took for our house…..another day….time to cook up some dinner. but before i hit the cooktop, here’s my question for the week….to be or not to be….a rug under the kitchen table?? i am thinking of taking the plunge to soften all of the strength of the kitchen and its hard surfaces…..my flor samples just arrived….yay! cheers, amy