Posts Tagged ‘kitchen’


We are working on a new kitchen display for the showroom and it really is screaming for a decorative slab backsplash, don’t you think?  I think marble, in any state, is a natural work of art.  Add curves and a snazzy faucet and you get Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.

We aren’t quite there yet.  Still need the curvy splash.

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kent kitchen works blogYes, that is an integrated sink.

Fabulous.  I know.

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I’ve been gathering ideas for possible shapes from Pinterest and just about every blog I have bookmarked.  Here are some of my favorites…

marble slab backsplash | kent kitchen works blogI love how the slab mirrors the lines of the hood and then continues to be stunning all the way down.  We don’t have a hood so this is out of the question, but it caught my eye and I wanted to share.   I do wish they’d skipped the tile and used the slab throughout.  The bowed front sink and cabinet are pretty wonderful, though.

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parisian marble sink & backsplash | kent kitchen worksThis sink and backsplash are in a home just outside of Paris.  How appropriate.  This happens to be the same faucet I have drawn in.  More on that later.

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soapstone slab backsplash via cotedetexas | kent kitchen works blogI’d stretch out the high arch part for this one and leave just a few inches of the lower backsplash.  Simple yet effective.

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These next few aren’t stone, but the lines are worth considering…

cottage kitchen with wood backsplash by colette van den thillart | kent kitchen works (more…)

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We have gotten a really great response to this new collection from Quality Custom Cabinetry called New America…

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The line caters to all style preferences, but a seamless combination of framed, flush inset and frameless, full access box constructions shines in a transitional space.  The two constructions also offer maximum storage – ideal for tight quarters.

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Choose between a European metal box or solid walnut, dovetailed drawer box.  Walnut interiors and accessories are a sexy little detail, don’t you think?

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The same customizations are available in Quality’s New America line as their other lines – SteepleChase, Classic, & Vision.

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The item receiving the most attention has been their walnut and stainless mesh vegetable bin…

Pretty gorgeous, no?

And completely customizable.  They can be made at nearly any width you desire!

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They offer wall cabinets with sliding glass doors, which I just LOVE…

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Check out Trish’s Houzz Project Board for more photos.

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Does this get your kitchen design juices flowing?  What is your must-have feature?

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sliding door hutch

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Right up there with barrister bookcases (which I will have to post about at a later date) are all of the sliding glass cabinet doors I’ve been seeing.

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From a functionality point of view, it takes away any concern of opening a door, especially a glass paneled door, into a corner or edge of another cabinet.  And, if space is at a premium, your head is safe from swinging doors.

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But more than anything else…

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…I think they look just fabulous!!

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So sorry to leave for, what, three weeks?  Between business picking up and a record-breaking, week-long power outage, pain in the butt October snow storm, its been a little overwhelming around here.  I apologize!!

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And to make matters worse – I don’t have a full post for you today.  I finally show up and I don’t even have anything substantial to share with you.  Pathetic.

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What I do have is a teaser photo of a kitchen we shot this week.  This was the first job site I visited when I came to work for Kent Kitchen Works.  Trish and I went to the house to accept delivery of the cabinetry.  I was a newbie and very quiet and probably looked a little (very) awkward/out-of-place.

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Now, there is no such luck as having any kind of project go off without a hitch.  Even a little one.  The hitch in this project was having the cabinet over the refrigerator, which included the tall decorative end panels, so tall that the installers couldn’t get it upright without potentially damaging the ceiling.  Of course, our installer is a genius and he got it up in one piece, but there were a few minutes of sheer panic.  You live and learn, right?  Right.

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So here is just one photo of the farmhouse kitchen in Sharon, Connecticut.  Next week I’ll have more photos and stories for you.

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If you have any questions about products or want specific brands/models of things you see let me know.  I can get you any and all information.

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See you next week.  Have a great weekend!!

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Cabinet hardware is one of the last decisions that you make in a string of about 100 when designing a kitchen.  At this point you’re tired of making decisions and of construction and waiting for parts to come in and all of these people trekking through your house and so on and so forth…  You.are.just.so.tired.

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I understand – it’s really taxing.  Just a little longer and then you’ll have a beautiful kitchen you get to live and play in for years to come, so take a deep breath, pull on your big kid pants, and get a grip.  This is not an opportunity everyone gets to have, and you don’t want to give up on such an easy opportunity to bring a lot of character into your home, right?!

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Right.

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So, you might already know what the metal finish should be based on your faucet…

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but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.  Using a finish that correlates with another element of the kitchen is completely okay, too.  Like matching your shoes & accessories.  See…

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and here, too…

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Match the finish of your hardware to a collection you intend on displaying such as the pewter in this kitchen…

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It’s all about deciding what feature you want to emphasize.  Remember: this is jewelry for your kitchen.  Think about it like you do everyday when getting dressed – with a neutral strapless dress (shaker cabinets) & fine features you might consider a matching set of statement jewelry (hardware), like Heidi did at the Emmy’s earlier this week…

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or like this home in Boston…

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Bin pulls are a classic in cabinet hardware – like gold stud earrings…

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and icebox latches have had a revival…

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Latches have been around for a long time.  Variations of them were used on Hoosier cabinets from the 1910’s on.  They’ve been around the block.  Think estate jewelry.

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This (gorgeous) kitchen shows well how the two styles – bin pulls & latches –  can be combined…

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I’m really enjoying un-lacquered brass hardware lately, which is what is in the photo above & photos below.  The patina it develops over time is flat-out perfect.

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Un-lacquered brass is not the painfully shiny, cheap stuff that went through a hay-day a couple of decades ago and caused almost instant regret to anyone that installed a polished brass anything.

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The toe-kick even.  Wow.

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*Un-lacquered brass is NOT polished brass*

For one thing, un-lacquered brass doesn’t flake off.  It can’t.  What you see is the raw material used to make the hinge, door knob, light switch plate, register grate, scale, lamp, door knocker, cabinet pull… you’re looking at.  If it’s an antique, the beauty might be buried under three inches of gunk & nastiness, but elbow grease and determination (or a professional) will make that baby shine like the day it was born.  Quality brass products in a polished finish will last where the poorly made, painted on generic brass finish fails.  The “polished” on the good stuff can be stripped to make it “un-lacquered” if you’re motivated.

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I’m not a huge fan of super clean and shiny brass.  I like a little age to it.  If you are like me, have no fear!  Un-lacquered brass can be patina’ed or waxed for a variety of looks, or if you’re patient (not like me) you can let oxygen & time do the work for you, but my tangent will end here.  Moving on…

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See more a lot more photos after the jump…

                                       

                                                    

                                     

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