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Cool Kitchen: The One-Piece Difference

Hello friends, long time no see! My one-week break from blogging turned into a rather extended absence. School, work and other commitments are piling up around here, but I’ve missed this space too much to let it continue any longer. Bring on the cool kitchens!

Yesterday, the style-savvy bloggers over at The Kitchn posted a profile on design firm The Brooklyn Home Company. Instantly, I was smitten with their look- clean, modern, somewhat quirky and lots of that “white and wood” that I love so much. One image in particular stood out for me- a one-wall kitchen in a small apartment which seemed, well, a little plain. Clean and practical, yes- but hardly inspiring.

Then I noticed a second photo; the same space with the addition of a rough-hewn wood island. Equal parts rustic and arty, this piece stopped me in my tracks:

Sometimes it just takes one great piece to take a space from fine to fantastic, don’t you think?


  1. Tom Andrews says:

    Very, very cool kitchen. For some equally inspiring kitchens check out our site. Keep up the good work, doing kitchen designers proud :-)

  2. Very nice kitchen, nice blend of the traditional and modern.

  3. Kristian says:

    I love your table, so cool :-)

  4. Kitchens says:

    Absolutely! The beauty of the natural wood instantly adds character and warmth. Two tone, whether it be a mix of paint colours or a mix of paint and wood is a big trend right now.

  5. Wow! I love that island….I think i’m becoming a fan of the white on wood look as well.

    Great find :)

  6. Ryan says:

    Love the simplicity. Small kitchen, simple island = Beautiful

  7. Valerie says:

    Kitchen is the most important part of a home. I could see the well formatted structure is designed. Good job done. I really appreciate the work done.

  8. Rich says:

    Very nice island. That was really all it took to make an otherwise plain kitchen interesting.

  9. I like the look very much. The island piece adds so much character.


  10. This is such a quirky peice, amazing blend of old and new. Love it!!!

  11. Great change! Really changed the way that space looks! Good job

  12. I love mixing painted furniture with solid wood naturally finished.

  13. John Batt says:

    Not only have they added the wooden centrepiece to the room, but they have also removed the horrible looking storage space above the fridge and installed a compact cupboard which fits in with the rest of the furnishings.

  14. Such a fabulous and clean kitchen. I like its simplicity, the color is good.!!Where did you buy that chairs?Your wooden floors really fits on your kitchen.Good job!

  15. What a great wooden centerpiece. This is inspirational for future fabrications. It is so simplistic yet beautiful and ads a rustic look.

  16. This is a really fascinating, how just one (really nice) piece of wood can change so much in a kitchen. Gives a mix from modern and old together.

  17. Simon Byrne says:

    A great way to make a simplistic kitchen look elegant and quirky, everything that a kitchen should be.

  18. I always prefer wooden work when it comes to designing kitchen.

  19. The rough wood island is amazing! I’m going to incorporate that into my home someday

  20. Door Handles says:

    I think white is such an easy colour to use and to have in a kitchen. I also like how the wood work stands out in the images. I could see myself feeling very comfortable in this space.

  21. Amy says:

    While I like the table, I think the changes to the cupboards and removal of that loft/storage space is much more responsible for the change in appearance of this room then the addtion of that table.

  22. Kitchen Bin says:

    I agree very much on this. I think the cupboards really do stand out to good effect.

  23. Nathan says:

    The wooden island definately gets the best in show rosette

  24. Thats a nice table – a raw chunk of wood, chairs look great in that style too.