Friday, September 2, 2011

Instant Room, Edition 2

So far, we explored a Modern Living Room.  I hope you enjoyed that post.  This week we move on to the Kitchen….


The Modern Kitchen

  I wanted to carry the color palette of the living room into the kitchen, so I continued with the

  browns, blacks, grays and soft golds.   Bon Appetit!


Cabinetry Selections

Cabinets, Countertop Material, Backsplash tile, Cabinetry Hardware

For the Kitchen cabinetry I wanted to choose a cabinet style that was stream-lined and clean. 

Armstrong Cabinetry provides a great option.  Their  “Moderno” Collection offers just what I had in mindArmstorng moderno toffee finish

The Toffee finish is not too light and not too dark and coordinates well with the other

pieces of our Kitchen puzzle.  Now for the counter top material.  After having Staron quartz

by Samsung (yes, the TV people!) installed in my own kitchen a couple years ago, choosing

counter tops was a no brainer!  I LOVE my quartz!  Ease of maintenance is what makes me love it most. 

Quartz does not have all of the color and pattern, or “movement” that granite and some

other surfaces express. Our virtual modern kitchen needs the “quietness” the lack of pattern in the

quartz provides also stays within the parameters a modern space calls for.Staron Sanded Papyrus quartzBecause most of the other elements

of the Kitchen are understated I thought it would be fun and interesting to implement

a backsplash material with some pizazz!  The “Squareweave” pattern from the

Ann Sacks Mosaics collection gives us just enough color and pattern to both coordinate

and accentuate the overall feel of the space.                                                                              








Lastly, we need our hardware, which I often refer to as the “jewelry” of kitchen cabinetry.  The hardware adds the finishing touch. 

I wanted to make careful selection, as I wanted the hardware to compliment and not take away from all the other choices.  Rocky

Mountain Hardware, as always, gave me much to choose from.  I selected the Olympus Pull for the drawers and the Shift Knob for

the cabinets in the Silicon Bronze Light Finish.  Too bad this isn’t a real world kitchen- I would LOVE to see all of this come together.                      

                                                 Olympus Pull RMH           Shift Cabinet Know RMH

Plumbing Selections

Sink and Faucet

Sink selection often comes down to personal preference.  I happen to prefer a cast iron sink. The Kohler Smart Divide

I chose for our virtual space is great.  I also like the Almond color the sink comes in.  The faucet, also by Kohler, has

nice lines and also a heftiness to it that exudes a look of quality and performance.  Again, another nice fit into the

puzzle that is becoming our beautiful virtual Kitchen!     

        Kohler Woodfield Smart Divide Cast Iron Sink                      Kohler Articulatin deck-mount faucet-bronze


Flooring Selections

Flooring and Area Rug

In an effort to include items that are environmentally friendly I chose cork flooring for the kitchen. Marbled Cork Flooring (Please visit to

read about the many advantages of using cork for flooring applications).  On an aesthetic level, I love the color of the cork and the

pattern it adds.  To break up the pattern a bit, I chose the Stark Area Rug.  I love the strie pattern (tight stripes) of the rug!                                 Stark Aubusson Stripe Collection Area Rug







Furniture Selections

Dining Room Table, Dining Chairs, Bar Stools

You may notice a sort of similarity to the furniture items I have selected. I wanted keep the pieces clean and sleek.


                     West Elm Dover Dining Table                                                     

            Dover Dining Table West Elm      

              West Elm Modern Windsor Dining Chair

          Modern Windsor Dining Chair West Elm    


                 West Elm Rustic Bar Stool

    Rustic Bar Stool West Elm



Lighting Selections

Mini Pendant (Island), Large Pendant (Dining Room Table)

I chose fixtures that would continue that look of sleek, trim and clean. 


     Murray Feiss Parker Place Mini Pendant                

    Murray Feiss Parker Place mini pendant LL                

          Troy Lighting Redmond 6 Light Pendant

     Troy Lighting Redmond 6 Lt. pendant lee lighting                       

Wall Color

Imagining  that our floor plan is open and spacious, I wanted to carry the Living Room wall color into the Kitchen.

Adding a new color could introduce an element of fussiness that could take away from the space, rather than

accentuate what is there.  I never want to add anything to space that can “jar” the eye or the senses!

         Sherwin Williams- Buckram Binding

                      SW0036 Buckram Binding 



Okay, now to my favorite part….the FABRICS!!  The fabrics add the icing on the cake to a space. 

The Duralee floral that I selected is what I may call an updated floral, due to the scale of the pattern

and also the color combination.  I really like this fabric.  It also does a great job of coordinating all the

hues of the space.  I would use this fabric on the window treatments.  The Duralee stripe would be used

as seat cushions on our West Elm Bar Stools.  I especially like the stitching of the fabric.  It adds a needed

texture to the space.                                                                                                  

                       Window Treatment Fabric                                                                               

             Duralee 42116-718                                        

                            Bar Stool Cushion Fabric                       

              Duralee 32248-103

So, how do you like it?  I hope this shows that you can do modern but still have a warm, inviting environment. 

I like to refer to these spaces as “Elegant Modern.”   I also hope that as you read this blog and blogs to come that

you realize that every decision that is made in a space is one that matters and relates to something else.

The selections your designer makes are ones that have been thought through and all of those little details are what make all the difference!


Stay tuned for the next room!  What will we tackle next?  You will have to wait and see!!! 

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