Lake HouseBeach Style Kitchen, Atlanta
Architect of Record: Summerour & Associates
Interior Designer: Yvonne McFadden
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Notice how the sharp lines of these shiny metal bar stools by Go Home contrast the raw wood of the island. The eye likes contrast, making this a perfect pairing.
“You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients.”Think about fresh design ingredients when you're overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of tiles to choose from, or if you've gone appliance crazy and priced yourself right into a blown budget. Simple, honest materials like raw wood, tongue and groove paneling and a rectangular drum shade make this one of the most appealing kitchens I've seen.See the rest of this house
Polyurethane finish. The Shaker profile used on the island bench cabinets is the real hero in this pared-down, industrial kitchen. The matte polyurethane finish on this reclaimed white oak timber enhances the grain, knots and streaks. It's a terrific example of how timeless this cabinetry can be.
The Houzz: The ReserveBy: Yvonne McFaddenLocation: Sunset, North CarolinaInterior designer Yvonne McFadden added carefully edited wood accents throughout this home on Lake Keowee. In the kitchen the white fabric and rope give the square white pendant a subtly nautical feel.
10. Do away with cabinetry. Open shelving is all the rage right now. Swap cabinetry for shelving for an instant style upgrade and an airy, relaxed aesthetic, especially when juxtaposed with a natural wood island.More:Kitchen Workbook: 15 Elements of a Traditional KitchenYour Kitchen: 10 Great Alternatives to Granite CountertopsHow to Add Cottage Charm to Your Kitchen
Style Secret: Functional FurnishingsIndustrial furnishings are minimal and no-nonsense, with strong, clean lines and without a hint of excess. Mix new pieces with reclaimed ones — search thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales, and don’t be shy about investigating curbside castaways. Repurposing is central to this style: wooden crates turned into tables, old lockers used as storage, battered ladders turned into shelving.Smart strategy: Although homey, cushy furnishings can feel out of place, you don’t have to perch on metal stools and sleep on cots, either. Padded pieces should be simple and free of frills — nothing breaks the tension of industrial décor like an overstuffed wing chair or a tufted ottoman. Choose solid upholstery in natural textures and neutral colors.