Latest Obsession: Green Kitchens

Over the past few years, the all-white kitchen has been at the forefront of kitchen design. It is such a timeless look and allows for flexibility as your taste evolves throughout the years. An easy update to the white kitchen is to add a pop of color (with a patterned rug or some pretty plates) or a new finish (with brass, copper, matte black light fixtures).

Although I LOVE the white kitchen... (inspiration below!) I am absolutely ready to embrace the new trend of the GREEN KITCHEN. I posted this concept board a while ago, and I am so glad to see more people giving bold colors a go.

Bye for now, gorgeous white kitchen. I will come back to you someday.

Via my fave,  Amber Interiors

Via my fave, Amber Interiors

See what I mean? This space is gorgeous. The most permanent features (read: toughest to install) in this design are white (tile, counter tops, cabinetry). The leather chairs and rug are what really give this space character and contrast. And great news, as new design trends emerge and your style changes, these items can be easily swapped out to give the space an entirely new feel!


Bold + Green

In my opinion, you can't really go wrong with green + white + brass. The richest of the brass perfectly highlights the depth of the green hue.


Soft + Sage

The above is a lesson in perfect color combination. The sage and white blend harmoniously, while the darker woods and leather balance the space in a modern way. Adding some impact with a colorful rug makes this design 100%, in my book.


What do you think?

Both kitchens use shades of green. The first is a bold, saturated green while the second is a soft sage. I really can't pick between the two - which do you prefer? Would you ever embrace this trend?

Always,

Claire

Current Obsession: Kilims in Kitchens

I can't help but notice that all of my favorite kitchen designs lately feature Kilim rugs (the more vintage, the better). Images like the ones below are popping up all over my Instagram and Pinterest feeds, and I'm definitely not mad about it. Why does this combo work so perfectly, EVERY time? 

Most kitchens need a pop of color. I love a slate blue or an emerald green cabinet, but a lot of kitchen designs are pretty neutral. This makes sense, because kitchen renovations are massively expensive and a total pain in the rear, to be quite honest. Most people want finishes that can stand the test of time. An easy way to add a bit of personality to a neutral kitchen is to include a colorful, patterned runner - you can simply swap it out when you are ready for a new vibe. Much easier than replacing light fixtures or installing a new countertop... Seems like a total no-brainer to me!

LOVING the color of the cabinetry - it pairs so well with the crisp countertops and walnut open shelving. The rug alludes to the blue cabinets while also introducing a new color to the palate. #FIRSTPLACE ( source )

LOVING the color of the cabinetry - it pairs so well with the crisp countertops and walnut open shelving. The rug alludes to the blue cabinets while also introducing a new color to the palate. #FIRSTPLACE (source)

Love the starkness of this all white kitchen! The leather bar stools and vintage Kilim runner give what could be considered a "plain" space an eclectic, collected vibe. I totally want to live here. ( source )

Love the starkness of this all white kitchen! The leather bar stools and vintage Kilim runner give what could be considered a "plain" space an eclectic, collected vibe. I totally want to live here. (source)

This NY apartment is so charming and eclectic. I love the original hardwood floors and the mix of cabinetry works surprisingly well here. You know I love how the richness of the Kilim brings out the beauty in all that wood! ( source )

This NY apartment is so charming and eclectic. I love the original hardwood floors and the mix of cabinetry works surprisingly well here. You know I love how the richness of the Kilim brings out the beauty in all that wood! (source)

Okay, so this is actually the same space as the first image above... bonus points to the designer for finding not one but TWO of the most beautiful vintage runners EVER. It really isn't that hard to mix and match patterns in a small space - just stick to the same color palate! ( source )

Okay, so this is actually the same space as the first image above... bonus points to the designer for finding not one but TWO of the most beautiful vintage runners EVER. It really isn't that hard to mix and match patterns in a small space - just stick to the same color palate! (source)

Unlike the images above, this Kilim features a lot of negative space. I love the way the white in the rug connects to the white cabinetry. The pop of orange is unexpected, but so welcomed. It really warms up the richness of the floors. PS I need leather pulls for every drawer in my home. Like, yesterday... ( source )

Unlike the images above, this Kilim features a lot of negative space. I love the way the white in the rug connects to the white cabinetry. The pop of orange is unexpected, but so welcomed. It really warms up the richness of the floors. PS I need leather pulls for every drawer in my home. Like, yesterday... (source)

Feeling inspired?? Me too! Any of these rugs would look great as part of a kitchen design. The bolder colors would be perfect in a crisp, white kitchen like #2 above, and the more vintage-y, muted ones would pair well with a colored cabinet (as seen in the first image). Shop away!

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Peace, love & Kilim rugs,

Claire

Dream Kitchen: Green and Gold

Kitchen confessional: I currently have laminate floors AND counter tops in my tiny apartment. Not by choice - there just isn't a ton of room to bargain in the San Francisco rental market. So, maybe that's why I have been so obsessed with gorgeous kitchens lately. Or, perhaps it is the choreographed dance my fiance and I have to do every time we try to cook in that kitchen together. Either way, we will definitely appreciate the opportunity to design a (large!) kitchen of our own someday. Perhaps a bit premature, but I decided to get a head start. A girl can dream, right?

White kitchens with brass accents have been super on trend for a few years. I LOVE this look, but am really excited about the pops of color I have been seeing in design magazines and on Pinterest lately!

What does your dream kitchen look like?

Always,

Claire