Francoise Joi Kitchen Accessories September 26, 2017 06:53:13
When they remodeled an older family home with French architectural details kitchen designers Marvin Daniel and Brian Pilgrim of KDW Home wanted to give it an open and airy look that still felt in keeping with the style of the home. Roman shades in a French provincial fabric added just the Old World accent the updated space required.
“I like the whimsical pulls used as a detail put here and there to personalize the kitchen. They say I like grapes or I love antique cars and they ll always have a place“ says Morea. “That kind of whimsy works really well at a second home or a vacation home. I have one client in Florida for example who used 125 hardware pieces in one beach house kitchen all starfish and it looked great. Pulls shaped like twigs and leaves work in a mountain retreat kitchen.“ In an ordinary kitchen pulls in fun shapes and colors strike a nice note when used sparingly. “For a personal touch I might use a few on a wine drawer or the doors of a wet bar or maybe one or two on overhead cabinets that aren t real close to the main cabinets.“
But before investing in any of these designs for your own kitchen remember that a coordinated kitchen look is stylish beyond compare says Morea: “The single most important element to consider is what you decided to do with your plumbing fixtures. If they re pewter stainless or brushed nickel your new pulls should have the same finish. You might also want to consider colors that coordinate or complement your tile and floor or the color or finish on your appliances particularly if you re using the trendy stainless fridges and dishwashers.“
To create a tailored look in a simple monochromatic kitchen designer Teri Thomas chose a valance and Roman shade in the same fabric. She used a custom-printed fabric from Galbraith and Paul for both the shade and its box-pleated topper says contractor Duane Johns of Advanced Renovations.
Hambright s most treasured knife is a quirky one that her husband gave her designed by celebrity chef Alton Brown of Food Network s Good Eats fame. It features a razor sharp blade 33 layers of stainless steel and a 10-degree angled handle that prevents your knuckles from hitting the cutting board as you work. “It may sound silly but I just love the way it feels in my hand“ she says. “You do need to find a knife you can hold comfortably; otherwise you re not going to want to use it.“
This kitchen by designer Jessica McClendon is a great example of how you can use cutting boards as decor. You can use a variety of different types and shapes of boards including wood and marble then lean them against your backsplash.