So, funny story. I pinned both of these pictures within 2 minutes of each other and really liked the flooring in both of them. Then when looking for the original sources, I realized they were actually the same kitchen! HAHAH!! Alright I know it's not that funny of a story. I'm not really laughing. I'm more ashamed. Because that broke one of the guidelines I gave myself for pinning photos to Pinterest.
Clearly I wasn't paying that much attention to my pins if I didn't even realize these were the same room. Oopsies.
If you've read some of my previous posts, you may know that I don't like to mindlessly pin a bunch of rooms, without noticing WHY I like the spaces. What elements make it work for me...what draws me in...what inspires me in the room for my future designs...etc. When I really observe those details of a space, I feel like I can (almost) justify my time spent on Pinterest, because I really am forcing myself to learn and observe for a minute or two, rather than just clicking re-pin and moving on.
To redeem myself for so carelessly pinning without noticing it was the same room, I'm going to give my thoughts on what I love about this kitchen.
|Both photos via Milk & Honey Home-Designer Tommy Smythe|
7 things I love about this kitchen:
1) The tile choices. First, the floor. I love the darkness of it. It adds great personality and charm to this room that it would otherwise lack if a less graphic floor were used. Without it, it would really lose its wow factor for me. Second, that backsplash. I love that it isn't as predictable as the classic white subway tile that I'm so used to seeing lately (although I do love subway tile!). The choice of backsplash gives the room a more sleek and modern vibe. (PS: Notice how many rectangles are in this room? Count them, I dare you. Another reason why the swirly grey and white backsplash is a much more interesting choice than adding MORE solid rectangular tiles like subway tile).
2) The two-toned cabinets. White kitchens are sweeping the earth these days. But sometimes I am tired of white kitchens and LOVE the drama of either more color, or just black and white layered together. Keeping white on the top cabinets still gives off the feel of a white kitchen, but anchoring those cabinets with black underneath looks pretty awesome if you ask me!
3) Unless my eyes are failing me, there are stainless steel countertops by the sink. In my Sustainability & Materials class, we recently learned how stainless steel counters resist bacteria growth better than any other counter material.
4) Pretty glass cabinets. Sigh. The best. With a collection of white dishes peeking through...even better!
5) The double french doors & windows with personality.
6) The lantern. It reminds me a little of the lantern my mom has in her dining room. That lantern paired with the rustic wood table bring the room down to feel less glamorous, and more casual.
7) The sheer fact that Tommy Smythe designed it. (Sarah Richardson's hilarious and talented partner on Sarah's House).
1) If this space were for me, I might considering adding just a SMIDGE more color to this room. Maybe even just a little in the seat upholstery for the chairs.
2) I've always like the idea of a little dining table in the middle of a kitchen...but when I actually think about it, I would feel very in the way if I were sitting at the chair by the sink while someone was cooking or cleaning up the kitchen. I've noticed my favorite kitchens usually have an banquette in the corner, away from the main work triangle.
What do you guys think of this kitchen?
Did we have some of the same loves