i’m in love…

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WITH THIS KITCHEN.

Love it.  Need it.  Want it. 

We have to talk about this kitchen.  It’s just white and clean and wonderful.  Love the intoxicating natural light filtering in, the silver drawer pulls and vintage glass knobs, the turned baluster legs flanking the sinks, the Calacatta Oro marble countertops, the SIDE BY SIDE sinks, I think I’m going to faint.

[Erika if you’re reading this, the sinks + faucets remind me of 100 Bluejack – my obsession]

THE BRAINS BEHIND THIS SPACE…
Susan Dossetter is both designer and owner of this glorious kitchen. She’s a collector of antiques and has incorporated her collection into the design. Brilliantly, I may add.

Being a mother of four, she has structured her kitchen all around healthy eating while weaving impeccable style throughout the room.  I have instant respect for someone who can merge high style and functionality so well.

HEALTHY EATING?
Yes, she says she buys a lot of fresh, seasonal produce and hates having it crammed into little drawers. So she’s dedicated one whole fridge to veggies. Happens to be a Traulsen.

If you’re wondering, those are quilted steel insulation panels covering a sub zero. This is the same metal seen on refrigerated trucks.  Her choice in texture is a perfect and unexpected addition.   
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And the antique cabinet was found at a Paris flea market by Susan Dossetter herself.  She says it was the inspiration behind the whole design of the kitchen.  [the cabinet was originally designed for a French store]

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Check out THE RANGE…[heart palpitations] 

It is better than jewelry if you ask me.  It’s a La Cornue – they’re handmade in France to one’s own specifications.   

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Let’s not forget the vintage towel racks…to hold the vintage towels she’s collected over the years.

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The spices are kept near her cooking area in French apothecary jars.

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If you’re wondering what wonderful white she used it’s

Benjamin Moore "Cloud White"

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Okay, I’m guessing most of us won’t be flying to France to design our kitchen, so let’s apply this to real life

LESSONS LEARNED…

  • When designing a monochromatic space, use lots of various textures for visual interest. Otherwise the space may feel sterile like a medical office. Texture is key.
  • If updating your old cabinets, a coat of paint can do wonders.  Stick with a classic color for your main pieces such as cabinetry [Benjamin Moore historic collection has wonderful creams + whites].
  • Add fresh hardware to outdated cabinets – mix and match them.  Place fun knobs on cabinets and interesting pulls on drawers.
  • Stay true to your own style because "outside of the box" is far more interesting than "matchy matchy" in design.
  • Don’t be afraid to showcase things you love and have collected, it helps tell a story in your space
  • Keep your collections grouped together to create a true focal point in certain spots of the room, don’t overcrowd or it will become visually chaotic.
  • Hit the flea markets to find a well-priced storage piece for your kitchen.  If it’s the wrong color, just paint over it. 
  • A quickie trip to Paris for completing your project is never a bad thing!

INSPIRATIONAL + AFFORDABLE IDEAS…

these chairs [$179 each] would be beautiful around a rustic or antique table

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chandelier $420 [if you like silver + more transitional]

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hanging lamp  $378 [if you like antique brass + more classic]

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or some pretty panels [$108 each] on the windows would bring light cheer

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glass knobs [$2 each] add a vintage touch to cabinets

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Take a cue from the inspiration kitchen with a lovely cake stand [$30]. A small grouping of vintage cake stands in varied sizes are wonderful too.

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AND TWO MORE GREAT WHITES…

Benjamin Moore White Dove

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Benjamin Moore Linen White

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[Original kitchen article by Christine Pittel.  More on this mind-blowing kitchen can be found here]

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    erika April 14, 2008

    heart palpitations indeed! i get the sink on the left, you can have the right! together we can clean and chat and gaze out the windows – don’t you wonder about the view? the la cornue (I assume) is glorious… my favorite combination of finishes – stainless and brass. deliciousness! my day is now complete- i am going home! :)

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    pve design April 14, 2008

    I also love brilliant white from Benjamin Moore with Lancaster Whitewash. Stunning kitchen.
    Healthy, heavenly and heart it!

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    Tricia April 14, 2008

    Absolutely beautiful.. beautiful.. beautiful… I want to jump into the picture and cook on the stove, but cooking at that stove means one has to have some sort of training from a Parisian chef! It is all a work of art.
    Thank you for making this blog/mini magazine:)

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    Abbey Goes Design Scouting April 21, 2008

    I saw this kitchen in House Beautiful too — but you’ve brought it to life! I love those sinks. xo xo Abbey

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