One of my favorite blogs, An Urban Cottage is written by my bloggy friend Steve who did a relatively quick redo of his Massachusetts kitchen prior to his photographic feature in the upcoming book, "Better Homes & Gardens: New Cottage Style" and had us all standing in applause. Follow the changes here: http://anurbancottage.blogspot.com/2011/06/kitchen-progress.html
GLASS FRIDGE DOORS
Designer Credit: Joan - for the love of a house
Another of my fave bloggers is Joan, of for the love of a house. Her beautiful New Hampshire home has already been featured in BHG's Renovation Style, and I see many, many more features in her future. Thanks in no small part to the amazing kitchen renovation, she and her husband Dan oversaw. Joan shared her fridge in this post: http://fortheloveofahouse.blogspot.com/2010/12/glass-door-refrigerator.html, and commented that her secret for always making it look good: "My secret weapon in having a glass door refrigerator is .....organized chaos!" Joan goes on to say: "I keep all labels facing forward ... Everything else is willy-nilly, but because the beer, water, milk, yogurts, etc. are all facing straight ahead you get... organized chaos!" See all of Joan's kitchen on here: http://fortheloveofahouse.blogspot.com/2011/01/kitchen.html
OPEN KITCHEN GREAT ROOMS
Designer Credit: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey
Certainly one of the most popular interior designers in the blog world is Brooke Giannetti of Velvet & Linen. Together with her husband, renown architect Steve Giannetti, they have built and designed some of the most beautiful homes in California. In the rehab of their Channel Islands home, Brooke chose a much softer color palette (her signature) and created this amazing Kitchen Great Room. Read about all the before and afters here: http://brookegiannetti.typepad.com/velvet_and_linen/my-home-in-channel-islands-harbor/, or buy their absolutely amazing book, filled with this and other inspiring rooms you'll never tire of looking of: "Patina Style" on the blog, or on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Patina-Style-Brooke-Giannetti/dp/1423622537/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303840873&sr=8-1
EMMA BRIDGEWATER CERAMICS
I first saw the beautiful "PURE BUTTER" tray inspired by the English ceramics of Emma Bridgewater in the fabulous kitchen remodel of Cote de Texas author, and blogging hallmark, Joni Webb. One of my very best bloggy friends, Joni has inspired countless readers in the quintessential Houston style, defined by clean, white linen, seagrass, and symmetrical design. Her home has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Houston House and Home, and her kitchen was recently photographed for another BHG publication which should be on stands soon. If you're as taken with them as I am, you can shop for the trays and EB ceramics (in the US) here: http://www.joannehudson.com/, or visit the Emma Bridgewater site (UK) here: http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/.
So that's it - we've exhausted my inspiration files - FINALLY! I thought that the day would never come! Tomorrow we'll end February and Kitchen Inspiration Month with the fabulous decorative paint work of Houston artist, Leslie Sinclair - and her new, and jaw dropping book: Segreto Finishes: Secrets To Finishing Beautiful Interiors. It's gonna be the best post of the whole month!