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LOVE my kitchen but whats missing???

smu techi
January 22, 2019

just installed my new hood!

LOVE LOVE LOVE the way my kitchen came out


now need to figure out what is missing,

know that i need to get a back splash on- gotta refill that wallet first:)


How do i complete this look its a bit to cold/empty looking



Comments (128)

  • PRO
    Anthony Perez

    I forgot to mention under-cabinet light (led warm)

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  • J Williams

    OMG, what is going on in the bottom photo of the 2 tree studios page, a dead chicken, a huge glass of wine and an enormous (potentially lethal) chef knife with the blade cutting towards the user (the inside wrists/thumb) lol (and also shudder, that’s how people get into serious accidents)? Beautiful boards tho.

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    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC

    Well wine and a dead chicken are usually found in kitchens, but what bothered me was that the person was cutting off the head of what looked like a live chick.

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    Anthony Perez

    Perhaps is better to have sculptures of gold birds in front of a mirror with fake plants in front of it.

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    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC

    The logic of your analogy escapes me Anthony.

  • tartanmeup

    It's an onion, Diana. I zoomed in to 400%.

  • PRO
    Anthony Perez

    some people get terrified with food styling including a dead chicken, I for one am more terrified with sculptures of gold birds in front of a mirror with fake plants in front of them, (as in your cover page,) but I respect your opinion, you are entitled to it





  • PRO
    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC

    To tartanmeup--thanks! It looked like a chick to me!

    To Anthony, if you read my post, I had no problem with a dead chicken in the kitchen. That's where most dead chickens end up. Maybe next time actually read and understand what someone writes before you comment..

  • J Williams

    It’s really the way they are cutting that onion towards their other hand with an unweildy oversize chef knife coupled with the dead (unplucked) chicken and red wine that just makes a weird image to me, seems either overdramatic or kind of dark plus just bizarrely unsafe (not to mention unsanitary lol). Don’t get the reference to gold birds or fake plants, you won’t find any fake plants here unless maybe on a christmas tree.

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    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC

    Well, J. Williams, Mr. Perez seems to think that your comment was mine, and he felt the need to disparage a photo on my home page as a retort. I don't know, maybe he staged the photo and feels it was a personal attack on his aesthetic.

  • PRO
    Anthony Perez

    And here I tough we were talking about decorative items and warming up a place, but some how the ladies got cough up on a dead chicken, totally missing the point. one more proof that for many on this forum egos and finding something to criticize is priority.

    it is unfortunate.


  • Laurie Schrader

    RE: Back painted or colored glass backsplash. Imho, this is so very wrong for your house. I've seen it. Done right in a very sleek, modern atmosphere, looks cool. But you don't have that. I think introducing a new style would be wrong for you.

    I've also heard the stories about how hard it is to clean. Quite like a mirror. Yuk. Who the heck wants that, if you cook a lot?

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  • crystalpea

    No idea about back painted plexi but while beautiful I've heard back painted glass is very expensive in both material and installation.

    I saw these in a Brekhus showroom today and i kind of liked the mix of materials for your backsplash especially to tie into the marbling going on on your counters. Hard to tell from your pictures if it'd actually all work together but thought I'd throw it out there.



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  • everdebz

    You mention needing a table - what does that area measure? what shape... If you haven't said already, what kind of lighting will the eat-in area have? Is this too dressy, I'm not sure it necessarily is. 25 x 25"

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  • everdebz

    celery had soft fabric so nice, and a chunky-simple island light -- ??

    Is this your house?

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  • everdebz

    celery had soft fabric so nice, and a chunky-simple island light -- ??

  • smu techi

    everdebz-yes that's my dining room:)

  • everdebz

    Hi. What room has the 'veined' look? I see 3 floorings total ..

  • smu techi

    dining is hardwood, kitchen and breakfast has rosedale tile entrance and foyer has the black and white tile

  • everdebz

    Simple backsplash imo - have clear and blue no green.... no? can delete

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  • smu techi

    not sure i"m loving the blue..

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  • everdebz

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  • everdebz

    Hey...

  • smu techi

    still here torn about what to do

  • kim k

    Get a wood fruit bowl from your local target... cheap, warm and virtually unbreakable! We have a two tiered metal one but I don't think that goes with your kitchen.

  • cpartist

    You need a backsplash with a bit of pattern, texture and color (green). No white. Then as suggested some woven shades and not mini blinds. Add more of the green color you like in the chair seat cushions.

    The biggest problem I see on these forums is how so many are afraid of color thinking that it will be a negative when selling. If done thoughtfully and not using a garish color, it will wind up actually being a positive.

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  • smu techi

    like idea of wooden bowl- been to peir1, homegoods, tjmax, eben kohls but did not fine one i luv:(

  • smu techi

    agree that i need a backsplash, not confident enough to go with the glass look...I would do it with acrylic to keep $$ down if i do that option

  • smu techi

    as for blinds, we just spent on the wooden ones we have so not gonna change that out yet they are 2 1/2 inch white ones


    also for color definitely want to bring more, was thinking in terms of fabrics, maybe vases over sink or something on counter

  • crystalpea

    Try crate and barrel or CB2 for wooden bowls, they each have a few options.

  • everdebz

    Wonder what this would look like just lower area, and only up to stove hood - green and other young looking / change in 10 years etc...


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  • everdebz

    Not a pro so just playing but when ideas flow you never know [where they'll lead] -- cause a few elements of the wall are vertical, I picture tile running vertical. Maybe the 3D kind above and below stove, and the plain on remainder of the wall. Statement - if whole room would suit that. With the brown could be a bit sophisicated.

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  • everdebz

    Subtle on entire wall - and the idea has grown on me, but I can't be there in person. Would seem to suit your counters.... ?

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  • everdebz

    I much like fabric in a kitchen with all the necessary hard surfaces. Could be bold cause it's so easily bought if tired of it --

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  • everdebz

    grover's modern lighting maybe - not bright green, but another could:

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  • smu techi

    like that idea of 3d tile as focus wall of hood-think we can get grover to moch it for me?? please??


    like that fabric, though not sure i would do it with the blue- need courage for that one, but where and how... i'm lost

  • everdebz

    :) I hear ya, grover come over!?

    You like the first blue ….?

  • everdebz

    Most have liking for different looks, and thing is to further one of them in the right place .... so what does your house look like cause that matters....

    as always said: gather magazine photos and save houzz photos, and see what your room goes with... and what do you like. Save and others could see too, and talk a bit... yeh?

  • smu techi

    def like first over second. looking for more of a fresh spring look.

    my house is what i would call practical and transitional. with five kids around practicality is a first

    posting some photos of dining room- yea i know scotch guard in amazon cart to remove plastics:) and mirror was put up over furniture so table is not covered any more..


  • cpartist

    Why are you afraid of putting in a colored backsplash? Yes fabric will help but the majority of the kitchen will still be white and brown.

  • smu techi

    here are better shots to show the color of the cabinets (sorry about birthday pics:))



  • J Williams

    I kind of get the impression you get paralyzed by self doubt/have trouble making a final decision. You said your mom picked out your kitchen cabs/counters? (I think), maybe she can help with some of the other stuff? Or find some pictures of ideal kitchens and use them as a template? You’ve got to make just one choice at a time, and your kitchen is working as it is. All the other stuff that is not attached to the structure of the house is just incidental, and you can add it with time as you need it, so you pick up the wrong fruitbowl, use it to store dog biscuits or crayons, pot a cactus into it or regift it to someone else. Have you gone to your local tile shop(s)? Do you have a contractor you are working with? I know people are always knocking tradespeople and sales help but if they’ve been in the business for a while, they have experience to offer you. And sometimes narrowing the options down makes things easier, by budget, installation cost whatever.

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  • Deb Zilch
    good point about trusting others...get a pro, and what do others think about even curtain/decor place come for a free assist? you ought to consider the rest of the nearby rooms...large DR: what look, color rug, and also windows ! I get the money and permanent backsplash - so go with good paint behind stove, sink.
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  • Deb Zilch
    I like toasty like your cabs. are the wood floors quite dark, and what kind of sun in room? curtains or a painted console could repeat coloretc in kitchen
  • just_janni

    I always think that in a kitchen the first thing to add for color (and practicality) is the kitchen aid mixer! With a wooden bowl of fruit, and a funky backsplash - you'd be DONE without cluttering the place up and making it hard to wipe those lovely counters in a flash!

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