Tuesday, December 4, 2012

red, black, cream








Source: bhg.com via country on Pinterest


Source: houzz.com via country on Pinterest










With the help of Gerry, our good friend and neighbor in the Catskills, who is a designer, we hammered out the details for the new kitchen. Please bear in mind that it's a contemporary cedar house located in the woods. It won't look like any of the above kitchens but they give a sense of how the colors and materials look together.

 -Black beadboard island with Carrera marble (white marbled with grey) top.
-Red lower cabinets and drawers with soapstone (black marbled with white) counters.
-Two cream upper cabinets (there are four windows) with glass doors, and maybe a red beadboard back.
-One cream upper cabinet with no doors (open shelves).
-Wide plank reclaimed wood floors.

It feels odd to be writing about this...not really comfortable. Too personal? Too decorate-y? Anyway, I probably won't write about it again until it's done. If you're wondering about the tiles, I'll just say celadon, evergreen, bamboo, burgandy. You'll have to wait for the rest.

Back to Thoreau and Emily Dickinson soon.

Jen


25 comments:

  1. OMG...the tiles are all of our favorite colors. Not one teeny little peek for us? Actually, the whole design sounds wonderful....warm but contemporary, stylish but inviting. Can't wait to see it!

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  2. I like them all. Sounds like a great plan!

    Tbat one kitchen with the topiaries is one of my long-time favorites.

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    1. I love that kitchen too. So serene.

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  3. Hello Jen, It sounds like you made some nice choices there. I think the soapstone counters will be perfect, and that marble was the wisest choice for the island--in fact, now that you have a marble surface, you'll have to brush up on your pastry-making skills.

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    1. I do love to bake. I will just have to get my husband and sons out of the kitchen--they are the crazy cooks.

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  4. I cant wait to see the finished kitchen Jen, I bet it will be beautiful.

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  5. Sounds like a great plan. Sooooo, how long do we have to wait?

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    1. We're hoping it will be finished by April. FIngers crossed.

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  6. The colors are great!!! I love white marble as opposed to granite.
    Reading The Dog Stars!

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  7. I so much love that last kitchen!
    And I also enjoy hearing about it from you. Usually not one for the more girly and family type stuff I seriously do enjoy hearing about your kitchen Jen. You are probably the least pretentious person I know on the Internet. I really think I'd enjoy watching this particular kitchen of your's change and grow as the work goes on.

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    1. Wow, Rubye Jack, that means a lot to me. I'm really touched. (Okay, maybe I'll do a few more posts about it.)

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  8. Are you kidding me? You don't think we live for new kitchen posts?

    We can read, watch football (ahem) and decorate all in the same blog, right?

    Sounds beautiful.

    keep us posted, that's an order.

    xo jane

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    1. And eat a meal, write a novel, apply nail polish!
      (I guess you're making a special wreath for your pal RG III. )

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  9. I like your colors. When you say "maybe a red beadboard back to cream upper shelves," will it give some of the same effect that the first photo gives. See how that red cabinet is the center point of the room. I know you like it because you put it on first. Looking forward to April.

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    1. Wow, you have a sharp eye. I am alternately thrilled and terrified with the choices. That's one reason why it's nice to have a friend who's a designer. He'll let me know if I'm going too close to the edge of the cliff.

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  10. can't wait to see the how it looks when it's done. but I can understand your discomfort. as much as I like following certain DIY or remodelling projects, I doubt I could write about them myself. good luck with all the work. are you doing it right away?

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    1. Yes, we hope to get it done over the winter. The kitchen has already been gutted.

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  11. We DO want to see your progress! M x

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    1. Lucky for me (and you) I will be far away from most of the process, so I can promise I won't bore you with the daily details.

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  12. Nice to see such wonderful plans about kitchen, Jen.
    Your friend is a competent designer and you're really lucky!!

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    1. I am really lucky, especially because he is a very good friend.

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  13. Hello Jen!

    I don't know what happened yesterday but I ended up writing this posts comment on your previous post...
    I am glad you are getting your neighbours help!
    I particoularly like the blue one!

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