Photo find: Autumn Toast

As I’ve mentioned before, I just love the UK mail-order company Toast. Their clothing and home catalogues are so beautifully styled; it makes me want it all! I was happy to stumble across their site today, for the first time since the summer, and find some great new Autumn treats. Next week I’ll pick some products to feature, but for now, here are some images from their house&home catalogue. Happy Friday!

Autumn Toast

Autumn Toast

Autumn Toast

Autumn Toast

Autumn Toast

Autumn Toast

Autumn Toast

Posted in Inspiration, Photography on November 6th, 2009 by Ele | 1 comment so far
Tags: autumn, catalogue, Inspiration, Photography, toast

Home Inspiration: Reclaimed Style
Being the retro style-loving girl that I am, I always like an eclectic look in a home, especially when it’s achieved through clever reclaimed or repurposed items. To me, it says that the people who live there are quirky, creative, green-minded and fun. While it might appear that the look works best in a rustic country home, it can be equally successful in modern surroundings. Check out some of these cool ideas from reclaiming and repurposing in the kitchen.

Very rustic and country in style, this space from Living etc makes me think of a French country house. The repurposed shop counter is perfect for an island with storage:

Reclaimed Style

From the same source, this salvage-yard look is an eclectic mix of styles, and perfectly now:

Reclaimed Style

Nothing in this bright green kitchen looks old, but take another look at that awesome art-school sink. Found on Pure Green:

Reclaimed Style

I like how an old shipping pallet has been used for display and storage here, from Remodelista. I bet several of these would look great together, in a big bright kitchen:

Reclaimed Style

These repurposed stools are made of old truck springs! Found via Apartment Therapy and originally published by House Beautiful, I like the whole kitchen- it looks like the wood and lights are reclaimed, too:

Reclaimed Style

Finally, this kitchen from lorigami‘s photostream is my favourite. Modern and rustic, I love the crates used as drawers, and all the beautiful old wood:

Reclaimed Style

Posted in Inspiration, Kitchens on November 5th, 2009 by Ele | 1 comment so far

Home Inspiration: Gossip Girl
Firstly, a confession: I, Ele, watch and enjoy a shallow, melodramatic and at times ludicrous prime-time TV show aimed at the teenage set. So sue me.

Now that that’s out of the way, a second note: Please forgive the poor quality of the images in today’s post. It’s hell finding good screenshots, isn’t it?

Yes, Gossip Girl. The CW show about the lives of Manhattan’s young, wealthy elite, full of twisted love triangles, buried secrets, sexual tension and scandals-a-plenty. But please believe me, I don’t watch it for that stuff. Well maybe a tiny part of me does, but mainly I watch for the eye candy. Beautiful people, New York City, incredible fashion and inspiring interiors. It’s true; after the MCM gorgossity of Mad Men, this show has some of the best set design around (see this portfolio for some examples). While it’s all covetable, I’m going to stay somewhat on track here, and show you around the show’s kitchens.

The Bass/van der Woodsen penthouse is chic, modern and pure Upper East Side luxe. The kitchen in this apartment is a surprisingly modest size (I can’t imagine that anybody living here would do much cooking, after all), and has a clean, minimalist feel. I especially like the sliding blue panels and the open wood shelving (photos from this post at Apartment Therapy):

Gossip Girl

The dining area has a similar look, with a clean, mid-century feeling. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Upper East Side without a lush rug and an ornate chandelier:

Gossip Girl

The Waldorf home is more classic New York, all satin drapes and marble entrance halls. While that isn’t usually my style, I love the kitchen in this place. This image from Hooked on Houses shows off the white subway tile, marble countertops and industrial-looking appliances:

Gossip Girl

While no one can argue with the beauty of those spaces, it’s the trendy Brooklyn loft of the “underprivileged” Humphreys that gets the most love from me. Sure the exposed brick, random colours and retro paraphernalia might be cliché, but they’re good ones. I love the wall colour, open storage and cool pendant lamps in the kitchen:

Gossip Girl

The dining area is just as cool, relying on what looks like old diner booths for seating:

Gossip Girl

Until next time,
xoxo

(Sorry.)

Posted in Inspiration, Kitchens on October 29th, 2009 by Ele | 2 comments
Tags: design, Gossip Girl, Inspiration, interiors, Kitchens, TV

Home Inspiration: Ode to Aga
Though it might surprise you, my dream kitchen doesn’t have a modern, shiny induction worktop, or even a stainless steel gas range. No, my cooking contraption of choice would be a classic British Aga (white or bottle green, please). While actually cooking with it might take some getting used to, I’m already adapted to the look- traditional, cosy country living.

Not that all Aga-bedecked kitchens are cutesy and twee, though. This country classic is also at home in a more modern setting, as some of these photos show.

I love the simplicity and retro feel of this kitchen from Living etc. The massive school clock on the wall is the icing on the cake:

Ode to Aga

In this room from the same source, the Aga is set into a more traditional nook, though the overall look is still modern. The blue contrast tile and mustard stools add some pops of colour:

Ode to Aga

This Shaker kitchen, found on house to home, is pure country cute. I like the green tiles, and think that the black range looks modern next to them:

Ode to Aga

House to home also offers up this space, which at first glance is so not my style. But if you cleared the mantle and subbed another colour tile, I’d be all over this:

Ode to Aga

The black range doesn’t dominate too harshly in this room, from Coastal Living. Instead, it looks right at home in the modest, rustic space:

Ode to Aga

There isn’t much not to love in this kitchen from Plain English. The big oak table, farmhouse sink, hanging pot rack- the cream Aga blends in perfectly:

Ode to Aga

Posted in Inspiration, Kitchens on October 22nd, 2009 by Ele | 4 comments
Tags: Aga, British, country, range, traditional

Home Inspiration: Galley Kitchens
If you ask most people what their least favourite type of kitchen is, I’d wager that long, narrow galley styles would be the answer. Galleys abound where I live in the UK; they’re the norm in all the Victorian terrace houses around here. Personally I much prefer a large, open-plan room, but it’s not always possible to have that in every house. Luckily, it is possible to have a beautiful, modern galley-style kitchen, as the following spaces show.

I’ve always liked the floor in this kitchen, which I found at Brown Button. The horizontal stripes make the space feel wider, and are a nice take on the retro checkerboard look:

Home Inspiration: Galley Kitchens

Sleek design makes the most of the available space in this modern galley, from Living etc:

Home Inspiration: Galley Kitchens

You can’t see the other side of this kitchen, from Canadian House & Home, but I like what I do see. The quirky objects and bright touches bring character to the minimalist design:

Home Inspiration: Galley Kitchens

This shorter, mini-galley is modern and pristine. I found it on Apartment Therapy and loved the open shelving and calming colours:

Home Inspiration: Galley Kitchens

Also from Apartment Therapy, this kitchen is cheerful and traditional. I love the ceiling-height units, and all the bright touches:

Home Inspiration: Galley Kitchens

I think the pale, soothing colour of the units in this kitchen from house to home create more space, as do the curved countertops:

Home Inspiration: Galley Kitchens

Posted in Inspiration, Kitchens on September 24th, 2009 by Ele | 3 comments
Tags: decor, design, galley, interiors, Kitchens, long, narrow

Home Inspiration: Industrial Kitchens
The polar opposite of all those country, coastal and cottage kitchens, the industrial-style kitchen has a charm all its own. Usually so-called because of the presence of restaurant-style fittings, open shelving and generous amounts of stainless steel, industrial kitchens aren’t to everyone’s tastes. They are however a wonderful space in which to work, and if these photos are anything to go by, beautiful to look at too.

I love this space from house to home. The white tile and steel island are set off beautifully by the pendant lamps and industrial fixtures:

Home Inspiration: Industrial Kitchens

The Kitchn recently featured this industrial-style space. It’s from Martha Stewart‘s NYC kitchen in the 1980′s, but I think it looks surprisingly modern:

Home Inspiration: Industrial Kitchens

Home Inspiration: Industrial Kitchens

From Canadian House & Home, this kitchen is what I’d call “vintage industrial”, and proof that not all industrial spaces have to be all metal, all the time. I’m loving the professional-style range hood and green light fixtures:

Home Inspiration: Industrial Kitchens

I like this kitchen from Marie Claire Maison, which despite its utilitarian leanings, has a charming country feel:

Home Inspiration: Industrial Kitchens

I guess the French like their industrial style, because this room is from the same source. With all the hanging pans, shiny surfaces and professional appliances, this place has a real “pro chef” vibe:

Home Inspiration: Industrial Kitchens

Posted in Inspiration, Kitchens on September 17th, 2009 by Ele | 3 comments
Tags: industrial, Kitchens, professional, stainless steel, utilitarian

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks
Oh, how I love a breakfast nook. Cozy and practical, it’s wonderful to have somewhere to eat in your kitchen, even if it only seats one or two. Of course, a nook doesn’t necessarily have to be one of those built-in banquette types; in my view, any small table. Check out some of my favourite looks for nooks.

This space is from skona hem magazine, found via the photostream of coco+kelley. I love the touches of wood with so much white, and the abundance of natural light:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

Design blog fans will recognize this nook as Holly‘s, from her old home in New Hampshire. I found it on her Flickr account, and fell for the soft colours and warm light:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

I’ve always loved the eating area in this eclectic kitchen, from Marie Claire Maison:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

A more traditional space from Living etc, this nook has built-in seating. I like how the floral rug draws your eye, picking up on the colours in the room:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

A sweet table for two in a modern kitchen, from house to home:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

I’m not sure an eating area this big quite qualifies as a nook, but I love this space from Country Living just the same:

Home Inspiration: Breakfast Nooks

Posted in Inspiration, Kitchens on September 10th, 2009 by Ele | Comments Off
Tags: breakfast nook, decor, dining, Inspiration, kitchen table

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens
Obviously, any kind of kitchen can be coastal, just as a landlocked, big-city kitchen can be decorated with a nautical style. But there’s just something wonderful when the two collide, isn’t there? A bright open space, fresh sea air, maybe a seashell or two on the windowsill. So sit back and enjoy these gorgeous seaside spaces…

One of my favourite beachy kitchens of all time is this space from Coastal Living. I just love the mix of marble, blue subway tile and rattan roller blinds:

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

Come to think of it, I think rattan and wicker are particularly nautical. This kitchen from Sunset has a more modern, but still beachy, vibe:

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

This kitchen, from This Old House, positively sings seaside. It’s the weathered white wainscotting, the touches of blue and green, and the tiled countertop:

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

It’s the lovely green floor that does it in this space, from the photostream of sarahleeab. Oh, and the surfboards outside the window:

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

Big American kitchens don’t have a monopoly on coastal style; I like this seaside English cottage, too. Found via Apartment Therapy, the kitchen looks cosy and inviting, but still light and beachy:

Home Inspiration: Coastal Kitchens

Posted in Inspiration, Kitchens on September 3rd, 2009 by Ele | 2 comments
Tags: beach, coastal, colours, Kitchens, seaside

Home Inspiration: Country Kitchens
From the modern loft kitchens of last week, to their distant relative: this week, it’s the country kitchen’s turn. My dream one has a huge Aga, a solid oak table and some twee checked curtains. It just makes you want to bake a pie, doesn’t it?

I figured Country Living magazine was a good place to start, and I wasn’t wrong. I love the calming colours in this space, not to mention all the cute retro touches:

home inspiration: country kitchens

From the same source, this kitchen is pure American country. I like how the mismatched colours and textures look so authentic in the space:

home inspiration: country kitchens

From country to Coastal Living, a gorgeous beach house kitchen. I’m especially loving the gingham ceiling and the lovely copper pans:

home inspiration: country kitchens

I like this space, from the photostream of thekitchendesigner, for its moody minimalism. It’s country, but modern at the same time:

home inspiration: country kitchens

From the same source but on the other end of the scale, this country kitchen is pure elegance. The marble-topped counter, blue units and huge fireplace make me think of a French villa:

home inspiration: country kitchens

Ahh… a checked floor, a wooden island and a blue Aga. This kitchen is country at its best, from house to home:

home inspiration: country kitchens

Posted in Inspiration, Kitchens on August 27th, 2009 by Ele | 3 comments
Tags: country, Kitchens, Photography

Home Inspiration: Loft Kitchens
Though I love traditional, period buildings, a little part of me has always wanted to live in a loft. A huge, light-flooded open space with exposed brick and industrial fixtures- what’s not to love about that? Especially when you consider how great some of these loft kitchens are…

From the photostream of ooh_food, I like the colourful, slap-dash feeling of this space. The units look reclaimed to me, and the bright touches are so fun:

home inspiration: loft kitchens

The feeling of this space from Living etc is traditional, but the brick and stainless steel keeps it from looking stuffy:

home inspiration: loft kitchens

I like how this modern kitchen, found via Apartment Therapy, has been tucked into the corner. The stainless steel and yellow units work well together, giving just the right mix of industrial and fun:

home inspiration: loft kitchens

This kitchen isn’t my favourite, but that wall of windows is to die for. From the same source, this space is a good example of how a traditional kitchen can work in an untraditional space:

home inspiration: loft kitchens

From Marie Claire Maison, this light-flooded space is pretty close to perfect in my book. I like the white, the wood and the modest, Scandinavian feel:

home inspiration: loft kitchens

Via the same source and just as authentic, this loft has a completely different feel, with lots of black touches and a chic, industrial look:

home inspiration: loft kitchens

Posted in Inspiration, Kitchens on August 20th, 2009 by Ele | 5 comments
Tags: interiors, Kitchens, loft