I’m giving the modern, colourful kitchens a bit of a rest today. August is nearly upon us and that means I’m craving Ontario/Quebec cottage country. Reading on the dock, barbecues on the porch, campfires on the beach- it’s what summer should be about, no?
Obviously, food and cooking is an important part of any cottage experience. So what makes a successful cottage kitchen? Lots of light, warm wood, a dose of vintage charm and a healthy appreciation of clutter sets these spaces apart from their city counterparts.
Perhaps a bit too “finished” to be a real cottage, this space from Canadian House and Home nonetheless does a great job of bringing the outside in with the use of stone and wood. After all, that’s what cottage living is all about:
I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but I love to start and end my day with a mug of hot tea. On special occasions though, I like my cuppa with a side of vintage kitsch. If you do too, check out the great finds searching “tea” will get you on Etsy:
I saw this Sydney, Australia kitchen in an Apartment Therapy home tour last week. Max and Peter’s Squeaky-Clean Quarters is an excellent example of Modern Classic design, and probably what you’d expect from the owners of fab eco-cleaning company Murchison-Hume.
I love the blackboard wall, which not only adds interest and is practical, but really opens up what is essentially a narrow galley kitchen. The modern open shelving and a healthy dose of stainless steel keep it real, too.
The rest of the space, though, is actually quite traditional: classic white units (from IKEA, if you can believe it), dark countertops, a subway tile backsplash and quality silver fixtures. I also love the little door that opens into the pantry!
Check out the entire house in the AT slideshow.
Etsy is down for maintenance right now, so a little Monday eye candy will have to do us instead to kick off the week. I’ve only recently discovered Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine, but I’m loving the galleries right now. Travel writing, food photography and recipes, too- what’s not to like?
There’s a lot of great photography to browse, but right now I’m liking these evocative photos of Burgundy, France:
Ok, I just want to clear one thing up: I am emphatically not a pink person. This is more my sister‘s kind of thing, not mine. What can I say, though? I’m running out of colours and I’m having so much fun with this series!
While these kitchens might not be to everyone’s tastes (or, I venture to guess, very many people’s at all), there is something to be said for throwing caution to the wind and decorating with your favourite colour, re-sale value be damned.
I don’t usually read Coastal Living, but now and then I like to browse their site for design inspiration. The featured homes always have a charming, homespun, Cape Cod sort of feel, but every so often I’ll find something surprising.
Case in point: this contemporary kitchen. Not only do I love the colour of the cabinets (I know, so predicable), but I like the fun use of typography, too. The fact that the floors and countertops are the same colour keeps things streamlined horizontally, and stops the ceiling-height cabinets from taking over the space. The pendant lights and hints of red are also great, though I could pass on the crazy paneled ceiling.
I know Mondays are supposed to be Etsy-centric around here, but I saw this at Swiss Miss and had to share. Designed by Kurt Zimmerli (he of the SIGG water bottle, which I love), this Variable Heart Cake Form was designed in 1996 for Betty Bossy, and allows you to bake heart-shaped cakes of various sizes. I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before now- genius!