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Dreamy White Kitchen

Christen’s Dreamy White Kitchen

When we started working with our client on the kitchen selections for their MWG custom built home, her exact words were “I want a dreamy white kitchen”. Our goal was to provide that crisp white classic kitchen but with some warmth and transitional style.

Working with all-white can feel a bit cold and commerical, but the addition of rich, slightly distressed wood floor brings in some warmth and an organic touch.

The textured backsplash tile updates traditional white subway tile with a soft blend of whites and subtle shades of greige.

With clean white kitchen cabinets and the nearly all-white Cambria quartz countertops, the addition of the textured white subway tile brings subtle shades of greige – just enough to warm and interest.

Stainless steel and brush nickel appliances and lighting bring a little sparkle and polish.

Working with professional style stainless steel appliances, brushed nickel lighting and cabinet hardware adds polish and transitional style and creates a timeless design.

A butler’s pantry is a smart addition to any kitchen – especially if you love to entertain.

The end result was truly a “dreamy white kitchen” and one our clients, and their family, will enjoy for years to come!

Bathroom Design, Decorating, Interior Design, Kitchen Design

The Secret Benefit to Copper Sinks… Anti-Bacteria Properties

You have probably seen the beautiful copper farm sinks that are featured in many french country style kitchens, but did you know that there is much more to them than good looks?

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Hammered copper farmhouse sink.

Copper in the kitchen is a favorite to chefs and home cooks for it’s great looks and even conduction of heat, making it a great choice in cookware.  However, this gorgeous metal has a secret characteristic – it’s natural resistance to bacteria and viruses.  Making it a smart choice for kitchen and bathroom design.

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Copper vessel sink finished in black nickel.

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Copper vessel sink adds sculptural element to this powder room.

It’s true that a copper sink can be an investment but its beauty and anti-bacteria benefits are an added value that might be worth the splurge.  You can find a variety of stylish and unique options available through Etsy, local artisans and even your local bath retailer.

 

Easy Entertaining, Furniture & Accessories, Interior Design, Interior Styling, Kitchen Design

New Lake House… Kitchen with a View

A recent design project with MWG Custom Homes introduced me to Kelly and Judd, homeowners who contracted MWG to build their dream home on a serene lake in Central New York.

Kelly and Judd wanted a kitchen designed to entertain family and friends – truly the heart of the home.  The end result was a stunning kitchen with an amazing view of the lake.

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Kitchen in a mix of beige, gray and white – one of my favorite kitchens to date! The backsplash features a tile that the homeowner fell in love with… and you can see why:}

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Beauty and function – this kitchen can handle more than one cook in the kitchen. Perfect for making family dinners and entertaining guests.

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This kitchen was built for entertaining… with a huge kitchen island to the right; a wine bar island in the center; and a water-view dining area at the left (waiting for the arrival of the homeowners custom-built round dining table). All have a view to the lake thanks to a stunning round wall of windows. We chose an eclectic mix of lighting that adds interest to the space. We handled the seating for the counter, wine bar and dining table with the same principle – coordinating not necessarily matching.

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With a large built-in wine/beverage cooler close at hand, the wine bar island is a welcoming spot to relax after a long day.

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The dining table will be well worth the wait. Can you imagine dinners with the sunset on the lake?!

This kitchen project is almost complete – our dining chairs are ready… just waiting for the arrival of the custom-built round walnut and metal dining table.  A smart purchase by the homeowner.  Can’t wait to see it!