House Tour: Michelle Smith

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 I liked Michelle Smith immediately when I saw her on One Kings Lane — and not just because of her fabulous home or status as native Southerner.

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She, like I, spent about half her childhood at Home Depot with her mother in the midst of one renovation or another.

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ThingsWeLove:StackedKitchenCabinets

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Fite Shavell and Associates

We don’t know about you, but whenever we start thinking about kitchen decorating ideas, it’s those kitchen cabinets that are always at the forefront of our mind.

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Terra Cotta Properties

Maybe it’s because cabinets take up the majority of the square footage of the kitchen, but we think they are on of the elements that, if not implemented properly can really ruin the look of a beautiful remodel.

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Things We Love: Bespoke Kitchen Desig

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Holloways of Ludlow

 

If there’s one room in the house that gets tons of attention these days, it’s the kitchen. 
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Holloway of Ludlow

It seems like has just finished or is in the midst of a kitchen remodel — and the more customized the better!
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Holloways of Ludlow

 

And that makes sense, really. Because we all do something a little bit different in our kitchen. We love the idea of one oven and extra room for a wine fridge. But that’s because we never use that bottom oven anyone! It’s sort of like a decoration…
Plain English Kitchen

 

One of our favorite kitchen styles combines elements of the rustic, English kitchen with sleek and modern finishes. It’s charming yet very functional.
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Martin Moore and Company

 

If you caught our post on concealed refrigerators last week, you know we definitely think they have their place. And, while this stunning kitchen wouldn’t have looked bad with a regular refrigerator, the lever of customization of hiding it is so chic! 
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deVOL Kitchens

 

Farmhouse sinks are fabulous in any kitchen. But the feel of this one is so wonderfully authentic. Love!
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Martin Moore and Company

 

We’re assuming the fridge is hidden inside one of these armoires. So clever!
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Martin Moore and Company

 

Who needs to go out when your latte is right at your fingertips? This would be good for me, so I could make it just the way I want it. Although, the Starbuck’s baristas are incredibly good about not rolling their eyes at my ridiculous latte order… I guess they’ve heard it all!
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

Islands are undoubtedly super useful — and very trendy. And they are so very versatile. This is a very unique use of the island space, plenty of storage but also room for the pretty!
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Holloway of Ludlow

 

Where are the appliances?! This is the kind of kitchen we’d love to eat in. Sparse, white and oh-so-clean! (Although we’d probably forget where the dishwasher was if it was ours…)
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

These pin lights are so useful (and pretty!) for keeping an eye on whatever’s on the stove and making sure it’s perfectly cooked.
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

Having a sink directly behind the stove is incredibly useful. And we adore those pendants! They add just enough contrast.
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Martin Moore and Company

 

Why pick just one cabinet finish when the world is your oyster?! Mixing and matching styles and colors is great — especially if you’re a little indecisive!
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Holloways of Ludlow

 

We’re always torn between open shelving and cabinets. This kitchen offers the best of both worlds. We actually like keeping the pots and pans in plain view. They’re sort of like jewelry… Why have it if you’re just going to keep it locked in the safe?
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

There are coffee stations and then there are coffee stations. These folding doors are so amazing for tucking away the display when you’re finished brewing your morning cup.
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

One of the things that we think makes the single biggest difference in a kitchen (though we’re not totally sure why) is under-cabinet lighting. It takes the customization up a notch and makes everything look so elegant. Those skylights are great too for letting in the natural light.
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Martin Moore and Company

 

Drooling over the stove… And that is such a great use of open shelving. Beautiful!
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Holloways of Ludlow

 

We think this amazing kitchen looks like a gorgeous little cafe. What could be better than frequenting it every day? 
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Vintage logo for The Bespoke Kitchen
Sure, you can call it custom. But we think bespoke is way cooler! What would your bespoke kitchen look like?
Happy Thursday, sweet friends… And happy kitchen dreaming!
 

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ThingsWeLove:ConcealedRefrigerators

Mac Custom Homes
Don’t get us wrong, we actually like the look of a regular refrigerator. All shiny and clean and jewelry like. Or, if you’re me, all covered with finger paint (or fingerprint) masterpieces. 
Caden Design Group
But there’s absolutely no doubt that concealed refrigerators add that extra element of sophistication and customization to a kitchen. Some blend so beautifully with the cabinets that you can’t even tell they’re there!
House Beautiful
This won’t surprise you, but it was SubZero that came up with idea to conceal the actual working parts of the kitchen. Never let ’em see you sweat! Tons of fridge manufacturers offer the option now, though, at pretty much every price point.
O’Brien Harris
But what if your refrigerator works just fine? What if you can’t justify sending a perfectly good fridge to the Salvation Army because you want some fancy wood panels? 
O’Brien Harris
We did some research and there are tons of companies out there that can make custom panels to match your cabinetry! We read on HGTV that Frigo Designs is a good choice. 

L. Kae Interiors
We also read that this is not a terribly extensive DIY project. But I was super nervous about making my son’s Valentine’s so I’m not sure I’d attempt creating my own fridge panels.

de Giulio Kitchens
You know that we’re all about the pretty. But our buddy Bob Vila (we don’t actually know him…) says that the fridge is a dicey place for a wood panel because the panels ruin easily with moisture. That being said, we know Bob could DIY the heck out of those panels.

Blackstone Kitchens
If we were hiding our fridge (which, again, would be pointless for me because, either way, it’s covered with preschool art…) we think we would definitely go for the classic wood look. 

Phoebe Howard
But you can get magnets that pop right on an old fridge that change the front to anything. Seriously, anything. 

Artichoke Kitchens

If we had an older fridge that needed a facelift, but we knew it wasn’t practical to splurge on the wood integration, we would definitely go the chalkboard route. We think Genevieve Gail’s DIY job is so cute — it has jute handles too! We think we could pull that project off. It’s somewhere in between making Valentine’s and making DIY wood panels…
House Beautiful
And if you don’t like black, you can have chalkboard paint custom mixed to any color you want! Turquoise! Or red! Or purple! The best part is that it would be instant kid entertainment while you’re cooking dinner…

Benjamin Dhong
At any rate, wood-paneled, concealed refrigerators are beautiful, for sure. In the long run, it might be an investment that’s well worth it when you consider what it does for the aesthetic of the kitchen. But, SubZero, don’t get us wrong, if you want to send one of those glass-front fridges our way, we don’t need the custom panels. And we’ll knock out some other useless appliance (oven…) to make room for its double width!
So, what about you? Are you a plain fridge person or a built in? Either way, we’re glad you stopped by today! Don’t forget to say “hey” while you’re here!

P.S. You might have noticed we were having some technical difficulties with some of our photos. We’re all fixed now, so thanks for bearing with us! If you emailed us about a specific post/picture, it should be up again! Thanks for sticking with us, sweet friends! (And caring that you missed a photo!)


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Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Greige Design
The holidays always seem to begin, unravel and wrap right back up in the same place: the kitchen.
Stagetecture
A home homecooked meal and a warm hearth seem to bring families together no matter how far away they have been all year long.
House Beautiful
And these, we would say, are certainly kitchens worth coming home to!
Greg Natale
We hate to admit it, but we’re kind of by the book when it comes to our kitchens.
BHG
White cabinets are standard — grey cabinets are a bit of a dip into the deep end, despite the fact that gray is one of our favorite colors. (Why, why are we so boring?!)
Miles Redd
But when we see these kitchens, bold and bright in all of their cabinet-painted glory, it makes us want to plunge right in.
Arent and Pyke
Kitchens tend to have very few colors, so they are a great place to branch out and do something unexpected.
The combination of two painted cabinet colors is classic and chic. Streamlined, gorgeous cabinets, like those at Wren Living, are always in style.
Caseworks
Combined with sleek finishes, painted cabinets give any kitchen timeless appeal.
House Beautiful
At home or far away, no matter where your holidays take place, we hope they’re off to a beautiful start!

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Kitchen Organization

O’Brien Harris
I spent my afternoon yesterday cleaning out closets. And man, oh man, did it feel good! When you’re as… um… organizationally challenged as I am, you have to do Spring and Fall cleaning. And maybe a few other times along the way. I literally feel like I lost ten pounds — no diet necessary! When I get on a spree like this, there’s no stopping me! I’m looking for a little inspiration to get my kitchen back tip top shape… We hope it inspires you to a little kitchen organization of your own!
Plain English
Hands down, my favorite kitchen organizational essential is my hermetic glass jars. Opening the door and seeing row after row of gorgeous, clean, streamlined glass is wonderful! And, as a bonus, it’s a great a great way to eat clean. Who wants to cram that perfect pantry full of cookies when all those beans and grains look so very lovely! (Okay, there’s usually a glass jar of a cookie or two too…)
O’Brien Harris
Organizing is like dressing. If you don’t have a great foundation, it’s over before it began. That’s why great shelving is totally crucial to a perfectly organized kitchen. (And it’s ALL 25% off at the Container Store… I literally am in love with that place!)
Artickoke, ltd
Drawers with custom organization are phenomenal. But, if you’re like us, the world was not that kind to you. We think our bamboo cutlery trays and drawer organizers, with all those little customizable compartments are pretty close to the real thing. There’s nothing like opening that gorgeously organized drawer.
Artichoke, ltd
We don’t know about you, but we absolutely adore huge drawers for organizing absolutely everything. Wonderful!
Tom Howley
Now this is a coffee station. For those of us who don’t have a massive, built-in espresso machine, there are always other options… Since we are sans gorgeous coffee cabinet, we got sick of big coffee makers taking up valuable counter space.  Enter: Bialetti (like those pretty silver coffee makers in the cabinet.) Fill it with water, scoop in the coffee, pop it on the stove. And put it away when you’re finished. Plus, it’s super yummy!
Tom Howley
A perfectly organized wine fridge is such a kitchen essential. You can be ready for a party at a moment’s notice — and the bubbly is already cold!
Tom Howley
Matching spices are THE BEST! We think we would cook more if we had a drawer like this…
Tom Howley
Separate spaces for trash and recycling is such a simple concept but so incredibly useful… especially for the person taking out the trash! 
Jojo Interiors
Wow! Talk about an organized refrigerator! We would adore having all of our drinks separate from our food.
O’Brien Harris
This recessed space is one of the best kitchen ideas we’ve seen yet. All the essentials are right at hand but still don’t take up valuable counter space.
Kristin Crestin
What a fantastic use of those awkward corner spaces! We’re feeling more organized already. How about you?
Thanks for inviting us into your (very organized?) home today!
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