DESIGN CHAT:: WELL DESIGNED KITCHEN NOOKS

THE BEST USES FOR KITCHEN NOOKS, FUNCTIONALITY & DESIGN

You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.
— Anthony Bourdain

In the world of interior design, lately one of the most coveted spaces are well designed kitchen nooks. People aren't really using formal dining rooms as much and they are flocking to their kitchen nook. 

There are many factors to this, it's close proximity to the kitchen; usually kind of centrally located creating a great space for family meals, homework sessions and to enjoy a cup of coffee.

However, one of the biggest factors that comes into conversation when talking about a kitchen nook usually falls somewhere in the line of durability and easy maintenance. 

Here are a few of our favorite kitchen nooks and different things we love about them.


LAKE HOUSE KITCHEN NOOK

When we were designing this space, a few things came into play that we couldn't ignore. The curved bay window with lower windows and a great view of the homeowner's lake. We decided to do a curved custom banquet that would extend past the windows onto the wing walls, for extra perch spots and also just adding some visual weight to the space. 

The fabric we chose, of course durable for family use and a great tufting on the top half of the banquet. The seat back height does hit a little bit higher than the window sill, so we made sure to wrap the back so it's pretty from the outside looking in!

Lisa Gilmore Design; Native House Photography


TRADITIONAL WATERFRONT KITCHEN NOOK

For this kitchen nook, we kept it rather simple. For obvious reasons, doing a banquet just simply wouldn't work, who would want to interrupt this view?! So we kept it to the basics and did a quick refresher with textiles. Our client wanted to keep her existing table, chairs and chandelier. So we updated the fabric on the back of the chairs and coordinated a simple roman shade. 

Lisa Gilmore Design; Native House Photography


ENERGETIC + BOLD KITCHEN NOOK

This kitchen nook just makes me happy. Point blank, happy. I honestly don't even know where to start on the elements here. I love the functionality of this nook. We custom designed this L shaped banquet to be cozy and the perfect family spot. Since the nook is right next to the back door (aka shoe clutter zone) our carpenter created a slide out drawer to house all the shoes in one spot. Genius! We topped the banquet with an incredibly durable velvet  and paired it with a rustic table and a super glam chandelier. 

However, my favorite part is all the colorful kids art we put on display. The pride beaming from our clients little boy's face is a level of cheer that I will never forget!

Lisa Gilmore Design / Native House Photography 

Lisa Gilmore Design / Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design / Native House Photography


CASUAL KITCHEN NOOK

We are super smitten with this kitchen nook completed by our friends over at Bee Studios alongside Becky Morrison, Lynn & Campbell. There is quite a bit of design goodness in this photo. First, I love the perfectly executed casual vibe, with just the right dose of modern touches. The cozy seat cushion on the bench makes for a great place to relax, eat and visit with family & friends. It looks to me that they had the same thing in mind and getting optimal storage for their client!

I don't know about you, but I can never get enough of the iconic tulip table, they integrated it perfectly with the design. 

Bee Studios / Becky Morrison, Lynn & Campbell / Native House Photography


As you can see, there really are no perfect rules for the kitchen nook, other than what works perfectly for YOUR kitchen nook. You can really have fun with this space, keeping it functional and beautiful. Don't be afraid to inquire about custom pieces to fit perfectly into this sometimes oddly shaped crevices of our home. It's usually an investment people do not regret spending. 

Here's to memories of family meals, delicious cups of coffee, homework victories and if your lucky the perfect rays of sunlight in your happy little kitchen nooks. 

With love & design-y dreams,

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DESIGN CHAT:: FLORIDA COASTAL WITHOUT CLICHÉ

HOW TO CREATE A UNIQUE COASTAL DESIGN

As the weather warms up for all, beach vibes consume our every day life.  Who doesn't want to be sipping a fruity drink with our toes in the sand?!  Beach decor is everywhere because it's light, airy, and invokes a sense of nostalgia & relaxation.  Just like you don't want to show up to a pool party in the same bathing suit your friend has on, your coastal decor doesn't have to look like everyone else's.

Bright, Fun Color

Blues, greens, oranges, and pinks make a space instantly feel tropical.  Stick to light walls and make your upholstery smile.  Using different textures of fabrics will make your space less sugary sweet.

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Airy, Monochromatic

If color is fear inducing, you can stick to the contrast of white and navy for a rich, coastal feel. The light walls with the white upholstery and the navy accents allow for the natural light outside to be part of the color palette.

 Lisa Gilmore Design Lakehouse Sancturary

Lisa Gilmore Design Lakehouse Sancturary

Natural Elements

Whether it is an amazing piece of artwork for your walls or a piece of furniture, part of the coastal theme is definitely keeping to nature.  

 Gray Malin Photograph "Retro Miami Beach Club, Diagonal"  https://graymalin.com/photography/retro-miami-beach-club-diagonal

Gray Malin Photograph "Retro Miami Beach Club, Diagonal"

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 Phillips Collection Waterfall Console Table

Phillips Collection Waterfall Console Table

We once had a client say that when he walked into a coastal room he wanted to feel relaxed and like he should be drinking a Corona.  Coastal decor should be just that: fun and relaxing.  

Sun-kissed noses and sandy toes,

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DESIGN CHAT:: HOW TO ACCESSORIZE FOR A HAPPY HOME

Your home should be your sanctuary.  Your special space.  A safe place from the rigors of every day.  I started to notice things around my house that truly made my house, happy.  And also things in my family and friends homes that were interesting and invoked happiness.  A carefully placed accessory or group of things can personalize a space.  

COLORFUL BOOKS to Fill a Bookshelf or Accessorize a Coffee Table

 E.Lawrence Ltd. 

E.Lawrence Ltd. 

A cluster of books on a bookshelf is always interesting.  You can organize them by color or size.  If you do not have your own books for the shelves, you can even purchase faux books with themes or colors like these E. Lawrence Ltd. books. 

 Lisa Gilmore Design- Old NE Project Photography By: Native Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design- Old NE Project Photography By: Native Photography

Adding fun picture books of your travels or interests are a great way to add happiness to your coffee table.  It is also a great conversation topic starter with friends. 

WHISMSICAL ANIMAL SCULPTURES

Animals make us at LGD happy and we like to use them in our accessorizing.  Beloved pets, magical creatures, and anything in between can be used to style a special spot in your home. Picking up small creatures in your travels or at an antique store can help add a bit of whimsy to any design.

 Lisa Gilmore Design- Hoth Project      Photography By: Native Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design- Hoth Project      Photography By: Native Photography

PILLOWS THAT PACK A PUNCH

Throw pillows do not have to have just a function of comfort.  They can add a pop of color to a sofa or a chair and can brighten your mood or calm you with the perfect texture.

 Lisa Gilmore Design Bold, Bright, Chic Project  Photography: Native Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design Bold, Bright, Chic Project  Photography: Native Photography

Make your home happy by accessorizing for happiness! 

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DESIGNER FINDS:: TOP LOCAL SHOPS FOR HOME DECOR

Support your local business!

St. Petersburg is this beautiful sunshine city filled with entrepreneurs, creatives, and out of the box thinkers. With so many wonderful local shops popping up, we rallied up a few of our favs to share!

With every project there is always little bit of something extra that's needed for styling- whether this includes the perfect art piece, a special antique oddity, a comfy throw mixed with a fragrant candle, or adding a little bit of nature on the inside.

We have been fortunate to meet some amazing people along the way who are passionate in the unique products they offer as we are about the designs we create!

Art & Framing: ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing 

 ARTicles Art Gallery.Custom Framing.  Instagram , lesliecurrangallery

ARTicles Art Gallery.Custom Framing. Instagram, lesliecurrangallery

 Picking the perfect frame to go with Lisa's New York find

Picking the perfect frame to go with Lisa's New York find

 Custom Framing and Installation by ARTicles Art Gallery - designed by Lisa Gilmore Design 

Custom Framing and Installation by ARTicles Art Gallery - designed by Lisa Gilmore Design 

 Featured artist Jules Cozine creates a custom piece for this monochromatic space- designed by Lisa Gilmore Design

Featured artist Jules Cozine creates a custom piece for this monochromatic space- designed by Lisa Gilmore Design

Antiques & Oddities: Brocante Market 

 Brocante Market. Photo of Store Vignette. Vintage Goodies.  Instagram , brocantemarket

Brocante Market. Photo of Store Vignette. Vintage Goodies. Instagram, brocantemarket

 Antique Frames from Brocante Market, adorned with faux succulents by resident DIY-er, Nicole!

Antique Frames from Brocante Market, adorned with faux succulents by resident DIY-er, Nicole!

Decor & Accessories: Texture

 Texture. Photo of Store Vignette.  Instagram , texture_st.pete

Texture. Photo of Store Vignette. Instagram, texture_st.pete

 Texture. Photo of Store Kitchenware Vignette.  Instagram , texture_st.pete

Texture. Photo of Store Kitchenware Vignette. Instagram, texture_st.pete

 Texture. Photo of Store Vignette.  Instagram , texture_st.pete

Texture. Photo of Store Vignette. Instagram, texture_st.pete

 Spotted! A lovely vase to add to the fun and whimsy of this kitchen nook- designed by Lisa Gilmore Design

Spotted! A lovely vase to add to the fun and whimsy of this kitchen nook- designed by Lisa Gilmore Design

Plants & Trees: Wild Roots

 Wild Roots. Photo of Store Interior!   Instagram , wildrootsstpete

Wild Roots. Photo of Store Interior!  Instagram, wildrootsstpete

So get out there! Find some local gems to incorporate in your home that bring you happiness and good vibes! 

Til next time- happy hunting!

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