So last week I was writing about kitchens and how I'm thinking that we will be seeing a lot more of rustic wood kitchens soon. Just like life: you say something then you see it everywhere....
In Southern Living & House Beautiful this month I saw examples of this. Southern Living featured a kitchen with loads of reclaimed wood and House Beautiful's cover is a natural wood tone as well.
I do kinda hate trends, but they are inevitable. And this is my prediction for the next few years, at least.
This is from Bobby McAlpine's book via South of Market
And this rustic island is actually the inspiration for our client's kitchen:
And another kitchen from House Beautiful....rustic walls.
I am very sorry it is sideways (there is no way to rotate after uploading, right?) If you turn your head you will see the wood island and the wine barrel chandelier.
I love this look, though, because I think it will stand the test of time. (I also think white kitchens will, too!) I recently watched Woody Allen's Crimes & Misdemeanors for the first time--and I was in awe of how timeless and not dated Woody Allen's character's NY apartment was. It was natural wood. It looked so simple against all of the hard, angular '80s decor in the rest of the film.
But what I also think we will be seeing more of is tables in lieu of large islands. I think because of our downturned economy and because of the "trend" to eat at home and eat locally (which I hope is here to stay!! I wish I would never see another McDonalds again.), having a warm & intimate eat-in kitchen is something that is definitely not going away anytime soon.
a cozy eat-in kitchen (sorry--don't have the source. Please email me if you do!)
And even though this kitchen is white, you have so much warm wood with the ceiling and the table (and no large island!) (House Beautiful or Elle Decor? forgive me I forgot.)
Another shot of the House Beautiful kitchen.
(I promise to take a picture of my mom's kitchen when she lets me. She has a table in the middle instead of an island and it is kinda fun to sit at the table and prepare a meal together...and easy on the legs.)
And if we are dreaming about eat-in kitchens....I can envision a warm, wood kitchen with this Currey & Co. green pendant over the table:
This farm table
(White Flower Farmhouse)
And this table surrounded by these....
Design Within Reach
It may sound tacky, but I know it would be lovely.
I want to say I am thankful for all of you this Thanksgiving...and I am also thankful for some true friends I have been lucky enough to discover through this blog (Sherry, Ally & Seleta). Sherry is even coming over to help me clean up before the shoot--who does that?
Have a great week and I will see you back at the end of the week with a new blog! With client now asking to see a portfolio, I figured it was time for a little makeover.
(Also---anonymous: our kitchen shelves are 12 inches deep, and Dina, yes, please come to the design blogger dinner!! It is open to design lovers, too :) If you ever have a question make sure to give me your email address so I can respond.