Kitchen Liberty


Services Provided
Interior construction design, kitchen design, bath design

Areas Served
St. Louis

Business Description
We specialize in kitchen and bath design and product sales.
Location:
Kirkwood, MO US 
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520 Art Lane,
Kirkwood, Missouri,
United States, 63122 
Fax:
(314) 835-0252 
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Cast Iron every day. It browns so beautifully. Trick: rub your skillets with cheap white salt after they have cooled off. It cleans them and removes old flavors, then ready to go again! If something is stubborn I put water in, heat it up, dump it out and repeat the salt treatment followed by some coconut oil to protect from rusting. Make a Dutch Baby in your oven in a cast iron skillet - you will thank me later. Easiest recipe I EVER prepare.
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weldridge
If you have pet birds, do NOT use Teflon. The fumes given off will kill a bird. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?!
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ambersarris
Definitely avoid Teflon. Still there are many brands that make safe non stick cookware http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/green-home/9-non-toxic-cookware-brands-safe-and-healthy-home-cooking/
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Cathedral ceilings= more drywall . . . Yawn. Go skylight and live on the edge. Then use tranlucent tiles somewhere you know direct sunlight will strike. Put prisms in the backsplash, Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon. Yah baby, beatnik snap snap.
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mcp26
My old apartment in Washington State has Cathedral ceiling and skylight. It was pretty awesome.
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Just a note, please be careful, if you change only the island' cabinets, they may look " too new" compared with the rest of the cupboards (which you plan to keep). You don't want to end up with "half" the kitchen new, and the other half old. For that reason, I would keep all cabinets like they are, and change the counters and floor tile. That, plus new stainless appliances, will give a cool new look. If you want to add some contrast, you can do it maybe with a different backsplash, of even wall paint on just some of the walls.
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Okay, goin' out on a limb: paint it "tomato tango" CSP-1145 and finish the island with butcher block maple. This room is kinda dancin' to the 80s. Just lean into it and make it fun!
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Ok wow. You have the most standard beef with kitchens that feature a sliding door: the peninsula destroys the move from middle of kitchen to the bbq on deck. Plenty of room for an island.

The classic solution for this is the "Hockey Stick". Make an island that steers traffic right out the sliders to the bbq pit. On the 2 outside edges have an overhang for seating. The family can see each other to eat and talk.

Plus! When you replace the peninsula and table with 1 sittable island, the room looks HUGE instead of cramped. This plan requires that y'all sit in 24" stools for the 36" high c-top. But we can make variations that employ 30" high counter (less kids falling to their butts) and use regular 18" seat heights.

I don't see a problem with 36" range. Just make sure you have landing space both left and right for safety and convenience.
on Monday at 10:21pm     
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bailey5538
Wow! awesome ideas with the hockey stick and opening the flow up from the deck! that hadn't even occurred to me! and I love it. I also like the range against the outside wall - providing a landing space to the right would also be convenient for moving items from the grill inside. We can definitely sacrifice a few cabinets to open the room up visually.

So another thought - I would love to have a space for some wall hooks for jackets, etc. that isn't visible from my living area - any thoughts about downsizing the doorway that leads from the foyer to the nook? Was wondering if I closed it in three feet on the right if I would have room for a butlers pantry on the nook side, and space for coat hooks on the foyer side - the adjacent doorway leads in from the garage.......
on Tuesday at 10:50am     
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sstarr
Here's a narrower doorway, some coat hooks, and a cabinet to the right of the stove.
Don't know about a butler's pantry, though.
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Nyet on the paint. Find a sweet large size porcelain tile. Tile sticks to bricks like a charm with the right concrete thinset. Tile it yourself with Raimondi setting clips, and grout it really skinny (the clips will set that tight distance for you. Use Schluter Quadec at the corners, then paint the mantel or leave it alone if you can find a great tile that compliments. Take a look at Antares Tobacco 20" x 20". Could look very cool with existing wood mantel. This is an update a bit higher cost than painting (maybe $200 more) but would look triple nice by comparison.
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sbrustein
That should be good idea
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dkalili
I'd face it with a ledge stone if you have the money. You will get the money back when you sell. If you don't have the funds, try acid washing it first, or pick a color that brick comes in. If grout is painted slightly different than the brick, it will give it a richer look.
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Walnut to stamped concrete, yowza :\. Take a look at porphyry. Another sweet look is porcelain tile like Regal Flamed. And you'd be surprised, but take 4x8 quarry tile and lay it in a herringbone, or I have a phenomenal pattern for 2 color patio with say 8x8s of quarry tile that we'd have to sketch for you. The stuff is peanuts cost, non-slip, 1/2" thick and quite durable, but can look high end with a great pattern and an exterior quality grout like maybe Laticrete's Spectra-Lock.
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Revolutionary Gardens
I'd be a little worried about a disconnect in terms of finish quality with regards to stamped concrete around an infinity pool. Good stamped concrete can be fine, but for every 1 true artist there are 10-15 hacks who do work that's mediocre at best. I'd worry that you could end up with the equivalent of buying a Maserati (the pool) and repainting it with a brush and a bucket of house paint (poor stamped concrete).

Your sand finish concrete is probably fine, assuming the colors blend with the interior surfaces. If it's a budget issue you could opt for luxe touches on the coping and other trim areas. Travertine would also be harmonious with the wood colors, but it depends on what the #s are.
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Ok, this is a little different, but what if you bought Flux, folding polypropelene chairs in light blue. Check them out: mine are in the putty grey/tan color.
on Monday at 9:48pm   
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travisinteriors
This is a small room, I would keep all chairs the same. Good job.
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Warner Decor
for a more eclectic look you could go with something like this:
http://deciture.com/shop/furniture/world-market/bishop-dining-chairs-set-of-2/
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Your kitchen counters are "Marinace", a natural granite type stone - knockout! If you painted over the Rustic Hickory cabinets it'd be a crime punishable by Houzzers wearing renaissance festival outfits and dancing to Fine Young Canibals tunes.

Here's the deal: this is a rustic home. The furnishing says "I like hip, mod and arresting colors and patterns." Therein lies your problem. Rustic does not have to be "Country - yeeHah!", but does have to be rustic. The door casings are too skinny. Try a 4 or 5" by 3/4" stained knotty pine or knotty alder with a square edge. Mitre the corners. You can create a modern and sleek version of rustic that will satisfy both impulses so to speak.

The yellow against pine beams seems too peppy, or maybe just too close to the wood tone to emphasize the natural beauty. Maybe try white on the walls: could be really clean like Ben Moore AF-5, or calm and subtle like their CSP-725 "barely there". Your fireplace has really cool masonry, but the black hearth seems forced. What if it was 2" thick concrete a la Fu Tung Cheng. It could still be crisp in shape with a rich silky finish, but with some patina, you know dirt in it. Holler at me if you want to discuss. Looks like a choice domocile as the weather warms up!
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sbrustein
I think all the wood in the cottage ( floor,beams , kitchen cabinets ) looks unfinished. Maybe painting the beams and cabinets as suggested above or staining them darker would be good.
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You might try a terra cotta brown by Benjamin Moore Color Stories palette known as "Mexican Hot Chocolate". It will take 3 coats to look right, but this color is magnificent, and it'll make that cabinet pop like a firecracker! (While looking natural and chic)
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Thank you all for your responses. Really didn't think that this would be sigh a hard decision. I just want it to look terrific! Our house is a cape cod and I would love to go with a cottage feel design scheme....
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libradesigneye
Love the cabinet tone - can't tell but the granite appears to have a lot of gold / yellow. You want to avoid that deep yellow with your wythe blue but the creamy wood work is just the right thing. You can go soft on the walls to bring in more light but it needs to pick up the undertone of the stone . . .yellows are the hardest to pick, even in a cream tone but that is what you need - something that will appear darker than your creamy trim but lighter than the countertops in the same family. Test bm simply irresistable http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/simplyirresistible if you don't like the ideas for chocolate or mid tone neutrals in the brown family. Test, test test for anything with a yellow undertone - they reflect the light around them so very latitude and room specific.
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Room of the Day: Wings, Wind and Water Inspire a Bathroom

Birds soar through the shower of this bathroom for a girl, while gorgeous blue stone keeps it grounded Full Story
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Azul Macaubus has a very important stone industry story. It's from a mountainous region of the Amazon, where no trains or trucks can travel. This quartzite, with cobalt mineral flowing through, is transported in blocks on planes to the coast for slicing and polishing. Antolini Luigi (if memory serves) secured this stone quarry about 3 generations back. I've sold maybe 4 million worth of natural stone, but only 2 projects in this color. It is truly one of the most gorgeous materials on this planet. When a stone salesman says "rarity and logistics effect the price" Azul Macaubus is what he is talking about.
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Svietka Rivilis
absolutely stunning!
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Joanne Cannell Designs
Beautiful! I love the stone & the tile/birds. I would have preferred sconces for lighting though, to avoid shadows.
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Design Practice: How to Start Your Architecture Business

Pro to pro: Get your architecture or design practice out of your daydreams and into reality with these initial moves Full Story
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1. Get Sales Training. Yah, that's right. Hootin' hollerin' up beat motivational, but practical, sales training. Every business person must be able to close a deal. Be honest and real, but sell.
2. Faith: if you have some, you will be amazed. If you have none, starting a biz would be . . . uh, wow - no words.
3. Don't do stuff you suck at - hire a pro
4. Did I mention the Faith thing?
5. Pray, but kick ass. It's God's place to bless me beyond what I deserve (Thank You Jesus), but it's my job to kick ass: it amazes me how many folks cannot pull the trigger on a decision. But, business success requires decisions, and a willingness to make mistakes. Just make them faster! You will not succeed at driving to California by looking at your keys for a really long time . . .
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I had a Church Friend take advantage of our services one time...I'm about done doing anything with people I go to church with. I had a Christian School tell me when I finished all their work that they had "dissolved" their corporation and couldn't pay me for my work.
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Terrific article Eric. Look forward to the next instalment!
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