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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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Happy (Kitchen Design) Endings

It’s been one of those weeks.  I’m happy to be busy but struggling to keep up!  I have been working on a big traditional kitchen design for a client trying to recreate her favorite kitchen back in Toronto.  Since lots of walls are being removed to create a large open space we ended up with a situation which will locate the end of the refrigerator in the hallway! One of the most unsightly kitchen endings would be the side of a refrigerator.  Who wants to look at that?
With the enduring popularity of the open kitchen plan we are faced with including a seamless transition between the “kitchen proper” and the adjacent living area.  Even if you opt to spend a little extra for a decorative finish to the sides or backs of cabinets that are fully exposed there are some other creative solutions.  This got me thinking about how to end it all, in a happy way, of course.  I decided to employ a technique I have used previously.
We accomplished this fine ending with less than 12″ of spaceI will use this solution in my new design

If you’re short on space, you can implement this solution with only 6″ of extra space.  Make the top doors glass for a place to display a collection or if you can squeeze out 12″ in depth, use solid doors and you have a handy pantry. Don’t forget you’ll have to finish side of the end cabinet so it looks great from the front too.

Photo courtesy of Holiday Kitchens

This traditional example by Holiday Kitchens, becomes warm and inviting with the addition of an attractive end unit which, not only creates a beautiful spot to display that special something, but it’s also a great way to transition from kitchen to living area.

Mini peninsula placed at the end adds counter, storage and visual appeal

Easy access to BBQ tools from porch

Here’s a handy solution for a client with a smallish kitchen who was looking for a little extra counter space as well as a handy place to store his barbeque paraphanalia.  The back of the cabinet opens right at the opening to a sliding glass door leading to his barbeque on the porch.  It also visually defines the end of the kitchen.

This solution by Holiday Kitchens uses 12″ deep cabinets and offers a little extra counter space

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WHAT’S IN THE SHOP?

Today the guys are assembling a new kitchen from River Run Cabinetry.  My client originally approached me requesting a reface of the existing cabinets.  Cabinet refacing involves replacing all the doors and drawer fronts.  Sometimes it’s just the face lift you need especially when you have expensive countertops that you DON’T want to replace.  In this case the counter tops needed replacing as well.  After exploring the price options we found that for just a little more I could offer my client these all wood cabinets from River Run. In addition, new cabinets offered us the opportunity to tweak the existing layout into something more efficient for the customer’s needs. If you are looking for quality and great value these are the cabinets you’re looking for.  You can even assemble them yourself if you prefer the “I did it myself” approach.  Just click on the “Assemble Your Own Cabinets Link” to the right.  My clients selected a birch wood door with applied moulding.  It has a warm stain and a dark glaze.  New black appliances will fit right into the color scheme.  These are being installed next month.  Stay tuned for before and after photos.  Next Post:  What is the heart of the heart of the home?

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