Posts Tagged 'kitchen'

Cut the Turkey.

Two weeks away from Thanksgiving celebrations and feasts everywhere. We’re still trying to sort though our plans for that weekend {also my %$^ birthday weekend! holla!}. This two-piece cutlery carving set at Barneys could be the perfect tradition to Thanksgiving Day turkey carving.
Berti Cutlery Carving setThe ox horn handles lend a rustic and warm sense to the food -packed holiday table. They come in a great natural wood box and are made in Italy.

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Black Paper Towel Roll. Whodathunkit?

I was strolling through Nordstrom on my weekly I Want This and This pretend online shopping trip {yes, I add everything to the cart. It’s a pretend moment}. Now, I do this with numerous online sites, whether shopping for my own clients homes, offices, airline tickets, or simply myself. It’s a fun way to wish. You should try it. But it’s even more fun to hit the Place Order button. Eeek! Anywho, while looking for a Michael Aram olive branch candle for a gift, I came across this Black Orchid paper towel holder.

Michael Aram Black paper towel holder and paper roll

Beautiful? Yes. Easy to use? Dunno. But, do you see what I see? A roll of black paper towels! What the… I ask myself, is that Photoshop? Is it? I could not find this paper in any kind of mixed word search online. Google, Yahoo, Yadayadayada. Anyone have a clue where I can find black paper towel rolls?

Must know NOW.

Kitchen Floor Envy.

These kitchen floors started a redesign revolution. Blogger CoCoCozy has some insight into other DIY’rs who fell in love with architect Tom Newman composite tile floor design for his Hancock Park home gourmet kitchen. I love the weave pattern. Who knew a tile floor could look so cool. Look at CoCoCozy’s post to see their readers attempts to kindly copy his look! What’s the wait? Get out there and replicate!

Tom Newman's Gourmet Kitchen
Tom Newman’s Gourmet Kitchen

Fruit of the Room.

I’m on the hunt for an attractive and unique fruit basket or bowl to nestle beneath two hanging glass pendants on my granite countertop. I know that in the overall realm of things, a fruit bowl is less of a concern for many – but in my life, even the design of my keychain is of utmost importance.

I’m tired of soggy tomatoes and browning bananas, so I need to find a cute container that will keep my produce as ripe as the day I bought them (lots of hopes). When a lemon just won’t do.

 

A purple stainless steel La Rosa fruit holder at Velocity Art and Design

A purple stainless steel La Rosa fruit holder at Velocity Art and Design

Satellite Bowl at the Moma store

Satellite Bowl at the Moma store

Marlie White Stainless Steel Fruit Holder by Alessi

Marlie White Stainless Steel Fruit Holder by Alessi

Spectrum Euro Starburst Fruit Bowl in Satin Nickel

Spectrum Euro Starburst Fruit Bowl in Satin Nickel

Gold covered plastic resin Banana Bowl by Harry Allen

Gold covered plastic resin Banana Bowl by Harry Allen

Harmonic fruit bowl by by Alessi

Harmonic fruit bowl by by Alessi

Late Summer Update: Project Kitchen.

It’s nearing the end of a beautiful Washington DC summer (minus all of the typical humidity) as well as the end of this kitchen renovation that has absorbed a couple of weekends of free time. But I love the work, so its been a fun journey for me personally and professionally. New appliances, re-painted hardwood cabinets, and new brushed nickel hardware (plus a wall hung vintage bottle opener) is all complete and installed. It is such an amazing improvement. Yeah!

New Kitchen Aid Appliances from Sears.

New Kitchen Aid Appliances from Sears.

Just this past weekend, we ripped out that grey laminate countertop and cut down a low wall (messy and loud job sawing through metals studs) to allow for three side of the new countertop to show. Check out the progress!

Countertop ripped out and wall about to be cut down.

Countertop ripped out and wall about to be cut down.

Level countertop ready for Marron Cohiba Granite!

Level countertop ready for Marron Cohiba Granite!

Countertop now an island - looking from dining area.

Countertop now an island - looking from dining area.

The new granite countertop gets installed today (by awesome Dominion Granite and Marble!) and I’ll have those pretty pictures for you later this week.

Finding Nemo.

Project Kitchen is under way. We’ve painted cabinets, purchased new appliances, installed new hardware, and selected granite counter tops (images and descriptions to come). Now I’m researching tile or other wall treatment for the kitchen backsplash. Looking through the Washington DC Spaces magazine this morning, I saw an ad for Nemo Tile.

Nemo Tile in Jamiaca, Queens, NY, 1921

Nemo Tile in Jamiaca, Queens, NY, 1921

I tend to lean towards the not too trendy bit something fifferent approach. So the first page of this website drew me in. Nemo specializes in usable tiles and offers a myriad of options; which run the gamete of conventional materials such as stainless steel, glass, porcelain and stone, to the more unusual; and environmentally friendly, coconut shell tile.

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I prefer to stick with neutral wall treatment for this project as this is a condo and will eventually be sold to a new owner – so keeping it in line with the Victorian architecture of the building but updated for cilty living is key. The granite selected is a polished stone called Marron Cohiba (love the name) and has brown, black and touches of pearl in its markings. Marron Cohiba is quarried in the Huila Region of Angola. It is formed of unevenly shaped dark brown crystals often with metallic mica reflections. Often times, these crystals will show fine white streaks that are usually only visible in larger portions of the stone.

Marron Cohiba Granite

Marron Cohiba Granite

Now, we have new stainless appliances and want something to work alongside a creamy white cabinet, this granite and the silvered appliances. Any ideas?

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Project Kitchen.

Its Friday! I’ve got a weekend chock full of plans. Saturday calls for relaxin’ on the Potomac River with some great friends and Sunday is slotted for sanding and painting some dated kitchen cabinets. I’ve been helping to decorate this DC two-level condo for sometime (I’ll be taking some “almost” after pictures soon) but now the real elbow grease gets to be spread on freshening up the galley kitchen. There is a budget for this job so the cabinets have to stay. The only update so far was a ripped out row of cabinets that hung from a low bulkhead – it made the space way too cramped. I know I know, it’s valuable storage… but take a look for yourself and see how much better it looks sans the upper row.

Kitchen Before | With Upper Cabinets

Kitchen Before With Upper Cabinets

Kitchen After Upper Cabinets Removed

Kitchen After Upper Cabinets Removed

Pictures of the newly painted cabinets to post next week. Stay tuned on Project Kitchen. =)


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