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She lives the green life.

It’s official.  The “color gods” have spoken.   Who are these “color gods”?  They would be an organization known as Pantone.  Pantone, Inc. is the authority on color, provider of color systems and leading technology for accurate communication of color. The market leader in color has officially named Emerald THE color for the year 2013.  When I think of emerald a number of things come to mind including:  my birthstone, mermaids, deep sea, summer AND  then I think about all the other greens and how we use them in our interior environments.  One thing I love about green is that it brings outside in.  As Pantone notes here it represents regeneration, healing and unity.

Here’s the EXACT color.

Just for fun I thought I’d share with you some of my fave ideabook finds containing the color green.


This is another kind of green that I love.  It almost makes me want to wash clothes.


These green marble tops definitely bring the lovely outside in. Hints of brown tie in the warm wood cabinets.


White cabinets are the rage and what better way to highlight them but with a clever shade of green on the walls?


Here’s the same color palette, warm wood and green marble.  As you can see, it works equally well whether the theme is contemporary or traditional.


This is a totally different green, almost grey suggesting elegance and refinement.  So whether your taste runs to emerald or chartreuse, green is a great option.  In fact there are two other greens on the hit parade for 2013, Tender Shoots and Grayed Jade.  You can see the complete Pantone Color Report for Spring 2013 here.




After a long election I’m sure you’re in the mood for something TOTALLY different.  Me too.  Congrats to the winners and may we mend our fences and make up with all the friends we temporarily (hopefully) blocked on Facebook.  As someone who is passionate about art, I am always looking at color and the effect it has on our environment.  As a nod to the red and the blue states today I’m showing what they can make together, purple! Is purple a viable color in the kitchen?  If you love it, here are some ways you can incorporate a little lavender, lilac, plum, fuscia or just plain ole purple whether you are conservative, transitional or uber modern.  If you hate it, at least it’s something completely different!

KItchen by Spazzi. While purple cabinets are definitely a commitment, this kitchen is nicely balanced with neutrals which enhance the color.


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I would call this one traditional verging on transitional. I love the asymmetry of the glass front cabinets and open shelves. That aspect is more contemporary but the cottage style of the cabinets and ceiling treatment are leaning more towards the traditional.The lavender here is not as much of a commitment as it’s on the walls only.


Also from, this kitchen also has elements of both modern and traditional and what a creative use of the color purple!


photo by There is something about this contemporary kitchen I love with its hints of Mid-century Modern and lilac background.


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An island or a freestanding piece of kitchen furniture is another great way to add some color interest. This one is definitely traditional, right?



Slate appliances by G.E.

As you know, I’m always on the prowl for the latest in the kitchen and bath industry.  You may have noticed all the articles lately about the decline of stainless steel as the “go to” finish for kitchen appliances.  Everyone from the Wall Street Journal to The Daily Beast  is touting the hunt for THE new finish that will supposedly unseat stainless.  Yes, stainless steel does have a reputation, and rightly so, for being fingerprint prone and hard to clean.

Tip:  Never clean your stainless with any product containing ammonia or chloride.  For best results use mild soap and water and dry with a dry cloth.  For tougher jobs you can also use find stainless steel wipes at your local grocers.  Never use steel wool as it will scratch the finish.

This said, there have been lots of improvements and attempts to address these issues with special coatings and claims of “finger print resistance”. True or not, we’re ready for a change and several major manufacturers are taking a stab at what will be the next big thing.  Personally, I think stainless will continue to be a predominant option but I also believe we’re going to continue to see many new choices.  Here is what 5 major players are doing:

G.E. Slate is one of my favorites.  I like it because it’s fresh and different yet not SO different that it will clash with existing stainless steel.  Brushed metal touch points can also tie a new appliance into the mix  in case you’re not in the market for a complete suite.  They also claim the Slate finish is fingerprint resistant and easy to clean.

Slate Fridge by G.E.

This neutral “slate” color plays well with other finishes.

SubZero Wolf– The Mercedes Benz of appliance brands introduced the “Black Glass E Series Ovens” a year ago. Clearly not the best choice for households with children!  Built in ovens are available in 30” standard or flush inset application, the Black Glass model comes adorned with a black glass tubular handle and, wait for it, a COBALT BLUE interior!

Black Glass by Wolf

In addition  to the oven, Wolf also offers black glass trim kits for Warming Drawers and 30” Convection and Standard Microwaves. Glass may be print-prone but it’s also one of the easiest surfaces to clean. No word on if this finish has been popular enough for them to offer refrigerators in Black Glass.

White Ice by Whirlpool

Whirlpool White Ice is hot.  It’s the new white.  I think in general, people are taking another look at white which is also hugely popular as a cabinet finish.  Just think how seamlessly it would integrate with white cabinetry. On the other hand a contrast highlights the best of both worlds.  I must spill the beans, however, White Ice isn’t really glass, it’s just metal that looks like it. If you want real glass Jenn-Air makes the “Floating Glass” collection & does offer a choice of white or black glass fronts to them. They no longer offer the contrasting stainless tubular handles however. The handles are now a euro curved powder coated finish (that won’t discolor like plastic)

Durable and colorful glass front refrigerators by Bosch haven’t yet made it to our shores.

Last but not least, my fave appliance maker Bosch featured a line of UBER glass finished appliances  just a few months ago at IFA,   the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin.  This is strictly a European offering so far and I don’t believe we’ll be seeing it here anytime soon.  A kitchen designer can dream though.  Bosch has applied their good old German practicality and efficiency to create a seemingly indestructible and beautiful product. Here’s video filmed on location at IFA


Check out this line up, also as seen at IFA this year in Berlin.  Can you imagine a purple refrigerator?  I hear they also deduct calories, just kidding…

Haier foursome at IFC photo by





One of the nice things about the internet is the presence of on line magazines.  Of course, in my book, nothing could take the place of a nice fat, glossy, sensuous paper magazine. However, the on line versions are a nice addition to the mix.  Two of my favorites are Lonny and Surroundings.  Surroundings is published by fellow Blogger 19 member Linda Merrill.  She always does a great job of making the magazine not only pretty and visually inspiring but it’s always filled with practical info as well.

The holiday issue has just landed in my inbox.  Check it out and you will see my contribution to this issue on page 4!  Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers.  I am grateful for you!



A great way to combine art and function in the kitchen is through your cabinet hardware.  We think of it as jewelry, or bling, for your cabinets. Check out this assortment of  stunning handles by Glass Fancy, Art Glass Interior Design Elements.



Glass adds a water element as well as vibrant color to your kitchen or bath.  These particular handles are handmade fused glass created by a glass jewelry artist who segued into creating  cabinet hardware when contemplating ways to beautify her own kitchen.  The result was so successful she decided to add  knobs and pulls to her store selection.  The nice thing is that you don’t have to use them on every single door and drawer, just a select few to create a focal point of interest.  Check out her Etsy store knobsandtiles

You can also find her at the following links:

Thanks to my pal and jewelry artist Vicki of Skygypsy Studio for the heads-up!




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