KITCHEN

DESIGN CHAT:: CLASSIC CUSTOM KITCHEN

DESIGNING THE KITCHEN OF YOUR DREAMS…

Monochromatic spaces never cease to make my little designer heart skip a beat. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of color and pattern mixing, but there is something about a crisp white space that carries a calming feeling along with it! With layered elements of texture, metal mixing , and varied tones within pattern and finishes- a monochromatic space will forever stand the test of time with your ever evolving life!

We are excited to share a new custom kitchen we have in the design works for one of our new client’s future home. The lighting tells a beautiful story from the pendants layered over the icy gray quartz island, to the brass and crystal chandelier hoisted above the families dining table. These elements paired with the striking hand painted terracotta backsplash bringing pattern and play into an already gorgeous space. Anchoring all this beauty with soft white toned perimeter cabinetry and a gray washed island. The parquet flooring is the icing on the cake. Worried about being too trendy….. Fear not, this classic pattern will never go out of style!

Lisa Gilmore Design - Monochromatic Classic Kitchen

Lisa Gilmore Design - Monochromatic Classic Kitchen

Till next time!

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DESIGN CHAT:: COUNTERTOP CONFESSIONS

To all the renovators , the cooks, the wine drinkers, the families with little humans ...this one's for you....

It's me, Nicole! Here to help with some countertop pros and cons of all these beautiful materials mother nature provides us, and some amazing engineered ones which have many people turning their heads in disbelief!

With busy lives and being constantly on the go, everyone is looking for those two special words... MAINTENANCE FREE.  So by popular demand I give you .....

Quartz

Design via Joanna Gaines: https://magnolia.com/our-show/episode-01-lunar-lander/    Pro Tip: Want the look of marble without the maintenance?? Look no further!

Design via Joanna Gaines: https://magnolia.com/our-show/episode-01-lunar-lander/

Pro Tip: Want the look of marble without the maintenance?? Look no further!

Design via Studio McGee: https://www.studio-mcgee.com/studioblog/2017/2/27/emerson    Pro Tip: resistant to scratches, stains, and can withstand heat

Design via Studio McGee: https://www.studio-mcgee.com/studioblog/2017/2/27/emerson

Pro Tip: resistant to scratches, stains, and can withstand heat

Design via Jaclyn Peters Design: http://jaclynpetersdesign.com/#/highway-206/    Pro Tip: What you see is what you get! No unexpected variations in color or movement    Con: ummmm.... still searching for one! Check back with me when you find someone who doesn't like an indestructible and impervious product :)

Design via Jaclyn Peters Design: http://jaclynpetersdesign.com/#/highway-206/

Pro Tip: What you see is what you get! No unexpected variations in color or movement

Con: ummmm.... still searching for one! Check back with me when you find someone who doesn't like an indestructible and impervious product :)

Next up is our old friend....

Granite

Granite comes from the process of crystallization of magma below Earth's surface. In short your countertop was flowing molten lava at some point! This helps to explain the density of the product and  why there are so many variations of movement and color within granite to pick from!

Design via Akin Design Studio: http://www.akindesignstudio.com/the-rad-reno/aihi5pryzo7awahg2mk0ta6tielvvt    Pro Tip: sealing is recommended to aid in the resistance against etching, dirt and spills

Design via Akin Design Studio: http://www.akindesignstudio.com/the-rad-reno/aihi5pryzo7awahg2mk0ta6tielvvt

Pro Tip: sealing is recommended to aid in the resistance against etching, dirt and spills

Design via Britt Lakin Photography: www.brittlakinphotography.com    Pro Tip: Most cost effective option when considering a natural stone. Normally the more clean looking the higher the price will be.    Con: Can tend to lean a bit busy, therefore consider picking a more subtle backsplash tile when working with a granite.

Design via Britt Lakin Photography: www.brittlakinphotography.com

Pro Tip: Most cost effective option when considering a natural stone. Normally the more clean looking the higher the price will be.

Con: Can tend to lean a bit busy, therefore consider picking a more subtle backsplash tile when working with a granite.

Wood

The beauty and warmth  this natural element provides is a favorite of mine.  Wood is sure to compliment any solid surface paired with it. With its rich hues and ability to manipulate the intensity of the finish, this application is an art piece all on its own!

Design via designer and stylist Liz Kamarul personal home: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjuVQEaH9sY/?taken-by=liz_kamarul    Pro Tip: Excellent work space for the chef in you! Wood is very forgiving on cutlery, but dents and scratches can occur in the wood during constant use. I personally love the character and story it creates.

Design via designer and stylist Liz Kamarul personal home: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjuVQEaH9sY/?taken-by=liz_kamarul

Pro Tip: Excellent work space for the chef in you! Wood is very forgiving on cutlery, but dents and scratches can occur in the wood during constant use. I personally love the character and story it creates.

Design via Amie Corley Interiors: https://www.instagram.com/amiecorleyinteriors/    Con: Refinishing of the wood will need to take place, but is dependent on how often it is used. Typically time span is 10-15 years

Design via Amie Corley Interiors: https://www.instagram.com/amiecorleyinteriors/

Con: Refinishing of the wood will need to take place, but is dependent on how often it is used. Typically time span is 10-15 years

... and of course, saving the best for last

MARBLE

...I'll just be over here swooning all day, everyday over this beautiful stone. The movement, and colors the earth produces will never cease to amaze me. For centuries some of the most beautiful sculptures and structures have been made with marble. Indoor, Outdoor, on floors, ceilings, and walls! So when people ask "can I use this on my counter?" My answer always is ,"of course you can!!!" I know what you're thinking- "yeah, but i will also become a slave to it," and my answer  is of course you will haha! BUT, here are some tips to help you along the way!

Design via deVOL Kitchens: https://www.devolkitchens.co.uk/kitchens/classic-bespoke/brochure    Pro Tip: Sealing is your best friend .... for life!    Pro Tip: Do not let anything acidic sit on the countertop- lemons, vinegar, tomato sauce will etch the stone

Design via deVOL Kitchens: https://www.devolkitchens.co.uk/kitchens/classic-bespoke/brochure

Pro Tip: Sealing is your best friend .... for life!

Pro Tip: Do not let anything acidic sit on the countertop- lemons, vinegar, tomato sauce will etch the stone

Design via Dreamy Whites Blog personal home: http://dreamywhites.blogspot.com/2016/04/french-inspired-kitchen-makeover-french.html    Pro Tip: To help remove stubborn stains use a poultice paste, and thank me later!

Design via Dreamy Whites Blog personal home: http://dreamywhites.blogspot.com/2016/04/french-inspired-kitchen-makeover-french.html

Pro Tip: To help remove stubborn stains use a poultice paste, and thank me later!

I hope after reading this you are a bit more confident the next time you are out selecting countertops! I'm sure I'll hop back on here soon and we can talk about some materials which are not as commonly used!

Until Next Time!

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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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TILE ENVY:: MONOCHROMATIC SERIES

MONOCHROMATIC TILE CHAT

Hey there,  Nicole here… resident tile guru! 

This week we are diving into monochromatic spaces. A look at the simplistic yet stunning impact a bit of  tone on tone action can achieve.  Hold on to your seats, because things are about to get beautiful!

Have you ever seen a kitchen and your eyes went straight to the backsplash,  walked into a small powder room and awed at the patterned floor, or stepped into a shower that was immersed in natural stone. That my friends is what I like to call tile heaven.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

In our recent outdoor kitchen project, we used this glass mosaic backsplash which has plenty of unique characteristics. The shade and surface texture of the backsplash helps each piece to  truly stand out and offers plenty of visual interest with its color variation and pattern play.

http://tabarkastudio.com/

http://tabarkastudio.com/

Handpainted terra-cotta tile will aways hold a special place in my heart. Dressing up stair risers with these ornate details  in an array of blues is a great way to pull color and fun  throughout the space. 

http://www.studio-lifestyle.com/las-palmas/

http://www.studio-lifestyle.com/las-palmas/

The mixture of elements in these space makes it nothing less than magical. Incorporating cement tile, ceramic, and metals. Yes Please!

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/emily-henderson-small-space-solutions-for-kitchen?mbid=social_pinterest

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/emily-henderson-small-space-solutions-for-kitchen?mbid=social_pinterest

https://www.decoist.com/gray-kitchens-ideas/simplicity-of-lighting-and-pattern-of-the-backsplash-hold-your-attention-in-this-scandinavian-kitchen/

https://www.decoist.com/gray-kitchens-ideas/simplicity-of-lighting-and-pattern-of-the-backsplash-hold-your-attention-in-this-scandinavian-kitchen/

This installation of  large format tile and using  the natural edge to finish off the design gives an organic feel to the space and high visual impact. 

Quality tile is a true investment in your home and allows a curated space to come together. Its all in the details and these monochromatic gems will remain classic, and are versatile enough to incorporate pops of color when the time is right! 

Till next time,

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