Painted Cabinets

Painted Cabinets

Current trends in kitchen design favor a little color and I'm a fan of this. Monochromatic, all white kitchens have their place, but painting your cupboards is a great way to add some color without coating your walls. And if you anchor the room with color on the lower cabinets, you can still have a clean, light look from the counter top to the ceiling

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Black and Brass - Get the Look

Black and Brass - Get the Look

I'm really loving  black and brass these days. Why? I've been watching a lot of movies from the 70's and early 80's and marvelling at how fashions, or particular eras of fashion, at which I once turned up my nose, are now bountiful sources of inspiration. 

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Mixed Style - country meets industrial

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

This Victorian terrace home in London is touted as industrial style, but I would argue that it's clearly got a mixed style vibe going on. You can see wonderful elements of country and industrial working together to create a comfortable and unique space. A simple color palette helps unite the spaces, and by sticking simply to two styles and mixing from there, it never look jumbled or like it's trying too hard.

In the kitchen we see a lot of traditional elements such as the cabinets, mixing with more industrial features such as the hanging lights.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some tips to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some tips to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

White subway tiles like this can adapt to a variety of styles. With a clean white grout, they are at home in a modern kitchen, but here they are paired with a darker grout, to support the more industrial feel. The use of old stoneware bottles and metal bowls brings in a lovely country element.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

In the bathroom, the plain wood cabinet could feel entirely industrial, but pickling it in a light color adds balance to the country feel, as do the taps and medicine cabinet.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

Natural linens and more stoneware contrast against the barrel table and modern lamp. Achieving a mixed look can feel daunting, but follow the lead from this wonderful home - keep your color palette simple and choose just two styles to mix and you'll be on the right track in no time. See the full home tour here.

If you're thinking about making a change in your home, contact us for a free decorating consultation. We do these virtually or in person, and there's o obligation. We even send you a written report with our ideas for your space! 

Old with New

Mixing old with new can give you a gorgeous result in your home, but it can also be a bit of a daunting task to take on. Not to worry - we've got some great examples of mixing antique and modern together in rooms around the home.

Living Rooms

Using key features such as light fixtures or large pieces of furniture, you can easily show off your mix of old and new. The spareness of some of the modern pieces contrasts beautifully with the more intricate look of the antiques.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Kitchens

Typically when mixing old and new, we see old buildings and rooms with newer furniture and fixtures. In the first kitchen below, we see a beautiful modern kitchen given some real interest with an antique cabinet.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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The next two examples show modern fixtures in an older home.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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An older table with modern chairs is a quick and fun way to mix things up.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Dining Rooms

In some cases, simply adding one or two modern items into an older space can do the trick. Below you see a modern light fixture and chairs doing the job.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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In this room, the modern chairs add a contrast not only through their form, but stunning color as well.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Here the contrast is also in color and form, with black Ghost chairsand a modern pendant lamp contrasting beaituflly with the old white table.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Bathrooms

First up we have a real stunner. The high walls and antique chandelier are juxtaposed with a sleek modern tub and some modern recessed lighting.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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This bathroom contrasts a sleek, modern shower (heaven!) with a gorgeous claw foot soaker tub. The dark color of the walls allows the striking light fixture to really sing. A stunning room.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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This bathroom is all sleek, white and modern with a splash of beautiful contrast in the antique cupboard. A great use of color, texture and style.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

Kitchen Trends: Mixing It Up

Looking to 2016 and beyond, a kitchen trend to watch will be a move away from looks that stay strictly within one aesthetic to those that mix it up. So rather than the all-white kitchen, or completely urban industrial room, a more relaxed mix of looks and materials is on the horizon.  I love mixing things up for an eclectic finish, so this news suits me just fine. But for many, it can seem difficult to achieve a mixed look that stops at just the right level of diversity without becoming simply mismatched. In reality, it's not. Here's a few tips to show you how you can get the look.Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 9.27.11 AMOnly mix and match a few: By this I mean, choose two main looks you are interesting in contrasting - say modern with bit of country. Very Donny and Marie! Then choose your color range. Again, keep it simple and within a few colors. Once you've done this, you'll then have a range of materials that you can choose from - marble, wood, metal. You can use a bit of variety here, but step back periodically and make sure you're not just firing in something else for the sake of it. Our choices here: In the example above, we've gone for a modern/traditional mix with some very modern stainless fixtures and lower cabinets with more traditional items like the Aga range, wood floor and kitchen accessories and cookware. Our color scheme is primarily a simple mix of white, greys and natural woods tones. Contrasting with the warmth of the woods and textiles are the shiny metals, glossy cabinets, and the marble tiles.

Source this look:  1. Arrabesco Carrera Tiles | 2. Pendre Mirror | 3. Luftig Range Hood | 4. Sektion upper cabinets | 5. Sektion lower cabinets | 6. Bamboo Island top | 7. Oak Driftwood Flooring | 8. Loloi Anastasia Rug | 9. Aga Legacy Range |  10. Kraus Stainless Steel Sink | 11. Hansgrohe Faucet | 12. Cyan Design Canisters | 13.  Le Creuset Dutch Oven | 14. Food for Thought Tea Towel | 15. Sur La Table Crate and Bottles | 16. Windsor Whistling Kettle

 

I Want: O'Keefe and Merritt Vintage Stoves

I love to cook and I have a lot of kitchen-crushes on different ranges and ovens from Aga to La Canche. And then this popped up in my Facebook feed...A stunning O'Keefe and Merritt restored antique gas range with multiple ovens. What a great stove. The white and chrome finish are amazing.

It feels like I passed "want" back at a gas station about 7 miles back, and have hurtled straight to need. NEED. Dear me. My brain is having trouble processing how wonderful this is.

It's a restored O'Keefe and Merritt stove. They were American made and no longer in production but there are some companies that keep them going, like Antique Gas Stoves. What a dream, yes?

 

Decor: A Converted Cottage

A personal design fantasy of mine involves renovating an old cottage in England. White washed walls, a thatch roof...it's the stuff of romantic notions indeed. Until such time as I up-stakes and move across the pond, or find a comparable cottage in these parts, I'll have to make do with house tours like this one of a beautiful little 1840's cottage. bedroom

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So pretty - and the kitchen highlights that we don't necessarily need 150 square feet of prep space. Small is beautiful.

See the whole tour here.