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FLORIDA KITCHEN CHARM

Thank you  for the out pouring of love and concern for our family.  No matter what happens the sun always rises again and we begin another day.

White cabinets and a shiny blue glass tile backsplash lend a coastal feel. Photo by Southern Accents

As you guys up in the northern regions are beginning to crank up the heat,  I thought I’d share a little warmth from down here in sunny Florida.  If you love warm tropical beaches, even when there’s snow (instead of sand) on the ground, here’s how you can bring this ambiance to your “anywhere” kitchen.

Blue & White will give you an instant feel of sun and surf.  White cabinets are hot!  Blue calls  to mind the ocean and may be added to your backsplash, walls or even used as  accent color for an island or hutch cabinet.

A modern version with Balthaup cabinets. Photo by Elle Decor


A sea view is a must and you can have one even if you don’t live by the sea.  Think art!  That way you can choose the sea view of your choice.  It can be a painting, a photograph or even something more abstract like a mixed media work of art.

I wish I was at the beach by ABSTRACTINC from Etsy.com

Gifts from the Sea are fun ways to add a beachy feel.  Shells, starfish or even bits of beach glass are great accents.  Try using a shiny glass tile backsplash for a watery feel or tiles with more of a honed finish look like glass that has been eroded by the sand over time.

seashells, starfish and beach glass tell the story of the sea

Burled Beach Corian countertop by Dupont

Throw some sand into the mix with solid surface counter tops in colors like Dijon from the Elements collection by Denova or Burled Beach by Dupont’s Corian.

Dijon from the Elements collection Denova Solid Surface Counters

The nice thing is you can add a little or you can pull out all the stops.  If you have “Floridified” your kitchen sent me pix.  I would love to show and tell.  Oh, and by the way, it’s nice to be back!


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SPELL IT OUT IN THE KITCHEN



Photo courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com



Lately I’ve been reading a lot about something called TYPOGRAPHY which is  the art and technique of arranging type, type design and generally playing around with letters, numbers and symbols.  It’s bold and exciting and can define your kitchen in a new way.  You can buy unfinished letters which can be painted  and creatively arranged to add a little intrigue to the heart of you home. Here are just a few ways you can bring typography into the mix for minimal investment.



In case you were wondering, it's A French term referring to having all the ingredients necessary for a dish prepared and ready to combine up to the point of cooking. For more visit http://rangermikedesigns.com/page/2/


Fun with food!  There’s nothing like a giant letter garnish to start a dinner conversation.


photo from apartmenttherrapy.com

Just a few BIG letters strategically placed on a shelf or hung on the wall may be all you need.



Get this print The Figure 5 in Gold by Charles Demuth (1928) from All Posters.com


How about an art print featuring your lucky number or favorite phrase?


Photo by kitchenchalkboard.net

Use a good old fashioned black board if you want to write your own text.  This allows you to change it up.  Invite the family to contribute.  Heck, it could even be your grocery list.  The point is that the writing is the decorative element.  Make your own blackboard with chalkboard paint by Benjamin Moore.

Drop me a line and let me know your decorating type! (Sorry)

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THE BACK STORY

Ok so my gal pals took me to see the incredible Sex in the City 2 last weekend.  2010 finds Carrie cheating on fashion with furniture, and has she ever!  This extravagance extends to the kitchen.  Wow, what a backsplash!  Looks like I wasn’t the only one to notice.  Google is full of commentary on the same. Your backsplash is a great place to create drama and visual interest. The best thing is that you can change one or add one any time!  Carrie and Big’s backsplash lends drama with both the oval shape of the tiles and the glowing blue light.  It’s a perfect backdrop and accent to the simple straight lined white cabinetry.  A little bit of blue heaven perhaps?

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