Charm, Personality, and Kitchens

September 9, 2011

The little wall color poll I held on Tuesday was indeed helpful and I am 90% sure I’m going to go with Napoleon (the darker almost-black color). I am still a little concerned that it might read as a very dark purple, which was not part of my vision for the dining room. But I wasn’t imagining a true black either, so I think in that regard Napoleon is a good choice. (And I do like purple so I won’t be crushed if it comes out that way.)

The color I’m leaning towards right now for above the chair rail is called Windswept Beach, and essentially reads as white. It’s lighter than I thought I was going to do but when I put up the sample it quite simply made me grin ear to ear. So it’s looking like there might be a black-and-white-with-a-twist dining room in my near future! I’m already daydreaming about using bright moments of color with accessories to jazz it up. 🙂

My dining room is completely open to my (tiny) kitchen, so the kitchen will have essentially the same color story. It’s a little frustrating having such a minuscule space to work with in the kitchen, and it’s quite outdated (like bisque cabinets and ovens from the 70s outdated). I really hope to become a decent cook one day, so I think for my next home something at the top of the wishlist will be a modern, functional, and open kitchen. No more 7-foot tall ceilings please!

This is what I’m talking about when I say an “open” kitchen. Tall ceilings are like the good haircut of interior design. If you’ve got an awful haircut (translation: 7-foot tall ceilings), it doesn’t matter how killer your outfit is because that hair is distracting us from everything positive. That’s a little too clean-cut of an analogy however, because I’m sure an amazing designer could make my tiny kitchen look fab. But it’d be a challenge, for sure. Photographed by James Greer via desire to inspire.

These wood beams and floors are gorgeous. Via delight by design.

Photographed by Sandra Pettersson for Hus & Hem via chaos, personified.

While I referenced “modern” as one of my hopes for a future kitchen, I can imagine myself rather enjoying something a little more rustic and even primitive like this pretty space. Via buddha interiors.

This is a very nice mix of open shelving and cabinetry, and I love how personal the styling is. Via Design*Sponge.

I love the green top on this island, its unlike anything I’ve seen before. Via Au coin du monde.

This kitchen is stunning. I’m a sucker for angled ceilings, wood beams, and industrial lighting. The color and texture of the wood flooring is different from what you usually see and I think its gorgeous. You really should check out the “before” photo at Design*Sponge.

More and more I am being drawn to very eclectic, unexpected and wildly playful spaces. A year ago I thought I had a bit of a minimalist strain in me, so I’m having something of a design identity crisis. Haha. But not really, because it’s natural that my tastes would evolve and in this case I think expand to include more styles. I appreciate the thought behind minimalism, but the reality of life brings me to a deeper connection with spaces like the kitchen above. I can imagine a family using this kitchen. It is full of life and individuality and looks like a fun place to be. It is somebody’s kitchen. Not just anybody’s kitchen. I believe this is a crucial movement in the world of interior design. To create a home that is truly yours and no one else’s, bursting at the seams with charm and personality. Via My Favorite and My Best.

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  • Reply Mia September 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I LOVE the haircut analogy! So right and wise. If you have a killer haircut almost anything you wear will look good. And floors are like shoes! So, with a bad haircut [ceiling] and ugly shoes [floor] one needs to work really are to make the outfit look good…. And vice versa – beautiful floors [shoes] and/or lovely high ceilings [haircut] can make any room [person] look fabulous 🙂 Hah.Totally true.

    And I couldn’t agree more with the appreciation of how the interior design story has shifted. Strict minimalism is so….empty.

    Happy wknd! /Mia

    • Reply Christina Ebbers September 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Haha, I’m glad you like the haircut analogy, Mia. 🙂 And you’re right, floors are totally like shoes. Hehehe. Fortunately my kitchen’s “shoes” aren’t all that bad so I’m only dealing with a perpetual bad hair day in there. I’m liking this analogy more and more. 🙂

      Lovely to hear from you. And happy weekend to you as well!

      • Reply Mia September 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        Haha. Actually I think bad choice of shoes are worse than a never-ending bad hair day! In Stockholm at least, the apartments are generally either lovely old wide planks (pine), or the most horrible smelly plastic mats. And the latter is impossible when it comes to nice interiors, totally like the worst pair of shoes one can think of 🙂

        Your kitchen/living room plans sounds super! So exciting and fun to redecorate.

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