Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Style at Home: Erin's Kitchen

Happy Wednesday!! We have made it to the mid-way point and a lovely fall weekend (at least according to the weatherman) is only 2 days away.  It maybe a mix of sun and cloud outside today, but it is definitely bright, inviting, and sophisticated inside the kitchen of Erin McLaughlin, editor-in-chief of Style at Home.  Last week I shared with you my love affair with Erin's bathroom, and today, we will take a tour of her kitchen.

A collaboration with Croma Design and IKEA, this out of the box kitchen is definitely anything but a big box kitchen.  Before we check out this gorgeous space, let's have an appreciation moment of the stunning stone work and that cozy contemporary gas fireplace.  The stone for the backsplash and the marble for the fireplace is an exact match: same materials but two very different design aesthetics.  I love how the custom herringbone pattern backsplash lends a heritage appeal and up the elegant factor in this sleek, contemporary space.    


I wasn't kidding when I said the kitchen is crisp, streamlined, and refined.  A simple, high gloss flat-front door profile is chosen for all the cabinets.  To add warmth to an otherwise all white kitchen, the upper cabinets were sprayed pale grey and hand-forged rustic bronze pulls were installed for instant charm.  The wide-plank hardwood floor in smoked oak offers a touch of nature, and it helps ground/unify the kitchen, dining, and lounging areas.  Love, love, LOVE the professional grade gas range and that classic faucet with a modern twist.


I am a big fan of large island in the kitchen for (1) plenty of prep surface, (2) unbelievable amount of storage, (3) perfect spot for appliances such as the dishwasher or microwave drawer, and (4) a place for casual dining.  A couple of tricks I noted to amplify the "custom look" with an IKEA kitchen: counter-depth fridge and bring the upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling.  Another tip I would love to try in my own home is to add a small bulkhead to house the pot lights and to create interest on the flat ceiling.   The dark oak gables and the open display shelves at the island gives this kitchen a refined, custom look.
      

A built-in pantry like this is definitely on the must-have list for my future kitchen.  Check out this inviting dining area with gorgeous windows and a beautiful chandelier for a modern, industrial flair.  You also don't need to use the same hardware throughout the space.  Why not mixing pulls and knobs for a designer look? Just make sure the hardware share a similar finish so the look is intentional and not a random after-thought.


Are you in love with this Erin's kitchen? I certainly am and if you want to add an instant elegance and organic sensibility to your kitchen, check out the Style at Home limited edition kitchen collection.  I am in love with this versatile pitcher and the sumptuous tray.  Happy shopping!

image via Style at Home
image via Style at Home

7 comments:

  1. Luuuuv the idea of a fireplace in the kitchen. Well anywhere really but perhaps its the prairie in me but the kitchen is the heart and where i think it should "all" happen! Nice post Tim.

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    1. Amazing isn't it? I would love to have that in my kitchen one day! And Janine, your first blog post at Fieldstone Windows is absolutely incredible!! Love all your ideas and can't wait to see it all coming together!!

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  2. OK, so that splashback is all kinds of lovely and can we talk about how cosy that little nook/seating area is by the fire? LOVE IT! (The dog is cute, too!)

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    1. I love that ikea table and how it is transformed with a piece of marble on top!

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  3. It really is spectacular! It's been pinned like crazy! Obviously, I love it all but the sitting area and fireplace wall is pretty great!

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  4. My gosh, this kitchen is a total dream! Love the chevron backsplash, it adds such a nice twist and look! Great post Tim :)

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  5. Love the marble and this fireplace in the kitchen is just a dream!!!
    Beautiful ♥

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