Yesterday I spent the whole day on a farm, or as they are called in the South-“Plantations.” It was a gorgeous setting, perfect for a wedding (coincidentally that they do a lot of), but my day centered around photography, styling & shoots. It’s going to be the first in our new section called “The Ace of Entertaining.” All about the art of the table-setting and interviews with people in the design industry about how they entertain. So while I was working I was dodging chickens, this rustic/elegant setting wouldn’t have been complete without copper coloured foul roaming the lawns. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I had two that decided to make me part of their “flock.” So with my 3-inch Tory Burch shoes I managed to walk up the rolling hills (followed by my new fine feathered friends), totter on benches to some great shots of the tables-cape, and walk around one of the barns without ruining one of the heels. Careful not to step on one crack. It’s a sport that many women have had to master, and trust me it’s not easy. I’m excited to share the photos with you next week, and finally have the inaugural post finished.
I was 100 miles from home, yet I still managed to finish this post. Being on the “Plantation” seemed like a fitting backdrop and inspiration for this post (okay it’s a farm with food roaming everywhere). Which brings me to the subject of kitchens and the trends next year. When I was in Kohler, Wisconsin a few weeks ago, the result of the poll was shared with us. The questions were some that Bloggers (including myself) had sent in to be part of a survey conducted on over 5K homeowners. The results were intriguing; people do not like white kitchens, which coincides with what is emerging for 2015 -kitchens with color. Kitchens will be bright and bold, or muted tones of greys and blues. Of course, given a choice I would change the colours of our stark white cabinetry without blinking a baby blue eye. Hearing the results of the Kohler poll, had me feeling the pressure to change. Although, have I ever needed a reason? The thought of having a kitchen in cobalt blue doesn’t appeal to me, but muted tones do. If I had a country estate I could even see myself with kitchen cabinets in “colors of the rich and famous,” gentrified tones like Farrow & Ball’s, Oval Room Blue No. 85 or Calke Green No. 35. The perfect “old money” hues. Or if you live in London go visit Plain Kitchen Cupboardmakers for inspiration, and you’ll be “gobsmacked” at some of the colors this eponymous purveyor of all things kitchens has to offer. For the rest of us, I’ll share a few inspiration photos and a link so that you can have a “remote experience.”
Here are some of my favorite kitchens “not white” that will have you reconsidering color…or even wood-tones.
via Randy Weinstein
I love the darker wood cabinets against the metal and concrete island. Classic industrial.
Designer/ Urban Grace
A kitchen design inspired by the ocean…deep blue cabinets and tile that mirrors the scales on a fish. Serene & stunning.
via Fairfax & Sammons (www.fairfaxandsammons.com)
Classic Georgian meets Craftsman.
Plain English Kitchens (plainenglishdesign.co.uk)
If you live or are visiting London, this showroom is a must. Located in Suffolk or Marylebone, this company and it’s bespoke kitchens are handcrafted and timeless.
Not only is blue going to be hot next year, but so are the blue cabinets in the background…
Who doesn’t appreciate a well designed space? The mix of materials is nothing short of brilliant, like the gold finish on the cabinet fronts..
If you aren’t familiar with the work of Katty Schiebeck now is a great time to check her out (www.somewhereiwouldliketolive.blogspot.com). I would define Katty’s style as warm, vintage, modern with an inspired mix of sleek metals all wrapped up with some serious talent.
More signature Katty.
My favorite British cabinet company…again. Plain English Designs.
So until next time, when we’ll reveal the fifth and last trend that I love…
BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZED.
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