Classical KitchenTraditional Kitchen, New York
Photo Credit - Katrina Mojzesz
Interior Design - Katja van der Loo
Papyrus Home Design
Homeowner & Design Director -
Sue Walter, subeeskitchen.com
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Vintage Glass Pendants + Metal StoolsVintage-style ribbed glass and brushed-nickel pendant lights pair up with classic Philippe Starck Emeco brushed-aluminum bar stools in this stunning kitchen from Pickell Architecture. It’s a subtle combination, but in an all-white kitchen, shapes and details make a big impact. Kitchen Workbook: tools to pick kitchen stools
Here, a stainless steel vent hood and nickel pendant lights team up effortlessly with these stools, bringing a lovely dose of shine to an otherwise neutral space.
Inspiration: Margaret Powers came across this photo while planning her home remodel, and it created a jumping-off point for opening up her floor plan with a new bump-out. “When I saw the photo, I instantly gained a vision for the odd bump-out on the side of the house,” Powers says. “Because of this photo, we made the bold move to remove the walls and pocket doors, and flood the whole downstairs with natural light. The image was embedded in my brain and was my reference point throughout the whole project.”
This warm and welcoming kitchen, with its gleaming wood floors (long-plank fir finished with Minwax’s Puritan Pine), features an island covered in Calacatta gold marble. (Note the storage cabinets tucked behind the bar stools.) Other nice touches: the two large Hudson Valley Haverhill brushed-nickel pendants, classic Philippe Starck Emeco brushed-aluminum bar stools and contrasting gray countertops of Pietra del Cardoso.
Easy + Beautiful = Not CheapIf you do have the funds or are willing to wait and save up, shopping smart for the things you love and hiring pros when needed will certainly make your life easier. It's important to be honest with yourself about your skills, determination and patience — perhaps a DIY kitchen remodel appeals to your frugal heart, but if you have zero carpentry skills and no strong desire to learn about plumbing, wiring and the like, a remodel is probably best left to the pros. Of course, when you are talking about a kitchen remodel, "easy" is a relative term!
Expand and renovate ... or move? We require very different things of a home depending on our stage in life. A family growing and welcoming new children will need more space. Space needs may diminish again after retirement, and in our later years, mobility and accessibility are important factors to consider. So, when faced with these changes, do you adjust your home to fit your needs, or do you move on?