Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two small yet stylish kitchens

This past weekend I saw two great kitchens that I had to post.  The first you probably saw in this month's (July 2011) Southern Living.  It's Southern Living's decorating editor, Lindsey Ellis Beatty's kitchen.


This kitchen is an inspiration.  They kept the existing cabinets (just raised them) and also added some new elements like the hardwood floors, tongue and groove ceiling, quartz countertops, built-in pantry, new appliances, hardware and the vintage style lights.


I really like how she raised the cabinets and installed floating shelves.   Do you spy the chevron patterned backsplash!!  I always thought I was a subway tile girl, but this might change my mind.  I really like it.


Such a fun breakfast area. 


I love how she added a double door built in pantry to echo the look of the refrigerator!  It anchors the space and creates symmetry.  

The second kitchen I spotted was the design of Amy Meier who (in my book) can do no wrong.  I love this kitchen.  It's timeless, classic with a hint of the unexpected.  To see the before pictures, go here


The (moody) navy columns (and moldings) are amazing in my opinion!  I love this detail.  And, once again, those beautiful subway tiles.  I believe Amy used black grout.  The contrast is stunning.  I would be scared to do something like that, but it totally makes this kitchen!


Don't get me started on those brass fixtures!!  I want, I want, I want!


And, an antique lamp she scored to add a touch of nautical to the kitchen.  Simply genius! 

So, do any of these kitchens strike your fancy??  I hope so!!


21 comments:

  1. Love, love that pinky coral sofa at the breakfast area! So punchy!

    Jennifer

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  2. These spaces are very nice. I am always amazed at how so much function and form can fit in small spaces.


    Rashon
    www.ilovethrifting.com

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  3. The top kitchen is perfect! Love the storage (milk glass) over the fridge and the banquet area.
    -Trish

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  4. Love both of those kitchens! Especially the top one. So pretty!

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  5. I'd love that breakfast area in my home, beautiful!

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  6. That Southern Living kitchen is one I ripped out and saved too! The seating area is fab, and love her use of that chevron backsplash and raising the cabinets. Very smart. Also, adore Amy Meier too. The details in that kitchen are amazing--and what you need to make a small kitchen really sing!

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  7. Wow those certainly are stylish!! Great post Fran!

    Can't wait to see you this weekend!

    xxMelissa

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  8. I love the chevron tile in the first kitchen (among other things) and the mix of navy and brass in the second. A little preppy and unexpected!
    Meg

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  9. ADORE them both- the seating area in the first and it's herringbone tile are amaze and the second one blows my mind- the dark grout, gold and blue beams are divine!

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  10. I had not seen the Amy Meier kitchen. Goodness it's beautiful and I intend to study it more. The Southern Living one, I have pored over and over. I think her use of the camelback sofa for a banquette is practically genius. And the other interesting thing is that she reversed the colors in her kitchen from walls to cabinets to countertops and it made such a difference in the look and light in the space!
    Camille

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  11. Oh my gosh I love both! The breakfast area with the bright sofa is spectacular! And I'm surprised how much I love the dark grout and brass hardware in the 2nd kitchen.

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  12. I am so glad you posted these because I had not the Amy Meier kitchen. Wow - loving every detail!

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  13. I love that first kitchen! I've seen pictures of the breakfast nook floating around but hadn't seen the entire space yet. It's amazing how much function you pack into a small space, with just a little planning!

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  14. Um--I love all of them!! That first photo is my favorite!

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  15. i liked both of them too. especially the eat in area in the SL kitchen and that pretty display shelf over the pantry and fridge. I adore the lights in Amy's kitchen and the navy - so pretty!

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  16. I love that last kitchen. The blue is stellar!

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  17. The seating...and really all of the breakfast area is just fabulous!

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  18. I love that you featured small kitchens because I live in a little condo! The first is my favorite :)

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  19. Super cool designs. I would love to have such designs in my home. I will definitely go for that once I will have some money.

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    -Jessica & Holly

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  21. wow..so stylish.I like so much,And I'm surprised how much I love that first kitchen! I've seen pictures of the breakfast nook floating around but hadn't seen the entire space yet.

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