Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kitchen Inspiration Month: Day 28 - Mirrors, Glass Fridge Doors, Emma Bridgewater Ceramics, Bloggers, and more...

On this, the eve of the end of our month of Kitchen Inspiration photos, I hope that you've found at least one kitchen that you love! This hasn't been an easy series, and I'm not sorry to say that I'm running out of themes. Finding 10-20 photos each day of great kitchens, wholly inspiring, has brought me to this collection of photos that don't quite fit any one of our prior sets.


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


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


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


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!


  1. Fantastic job, Artie!
    You made it look effortless.
    I really like the mirrors and glass fronts on the fridge. The tip on organized chaos helps too.
    Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for March!

  2. It's such an honor to be among this parade of beautiful images!

    I'll miss your series. I know it takes a lot of time to put these together but I got a lot of great inspiration so thank you for investing that time.

  3. Its been a great series Artie and you are one inspired man to have that many fantastic photos!! Thank you my friend for including my kitchen in all these beautiful photographs, and for your kind words.


  4. kitchensihaveloved.blogspot.comFebruary 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Love kitchens so loved your whole series. Have to say I'm a bit tired of white kitchens if there is not some sort of contrast in the room, however I know I am in the minority. Good job!!

  5. I have enjoyed this series very much. Very appreciative for all the hard work.

  6. It's been a beautiful month of kitchen eye candy! Thank you Artie,

  7. I know it has been a lot of work for you Artie, but I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. The kitchen is my favorite room of the house, especially since I am currently remodeling it. I have the same Sub Zero as Joan -- and the same philosophy for keeping it neat. The first image with that magnificent mirror is one of my favorite looks as is image #5, a beautiful kitchen done by a firm in Quebec, that has been in my inspiration file for years. It is a good example of how beautiful design is timeless. I also love the Emma Bridgewater collection and, of course, Joni's, Steve's and Brooke's kitchens -- all classics. Thanks again and I look forward to tomorrow's post.

  8. ooh. my kitchen looks horrible esp. compared to all the rest. soooo embarassaing. oy. hahah. seriously, what a joke. but hey, thanks for the shoutout. now i want to go by some more of that bridgewater ironstone!!! '

  9. I have some serious refrigerator and Emma Bridgewater envy!
    Thank you Artie for including our little kitchen in Oxnard. It doesn't compare to any of these beauties. Seriously, it's really just a 1970's kitchen with a good coat of paint and a new counter top.

    Thank you again!


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