Thursday, February 16, 2012

Things that Caught My Eye




Here's a post of random things that have gotten my attention this week. 


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The above photo may not be new to you, but it was to me.  My jaw hit the floor when I saw this on Two Ellie.  (It suspect it was published sometime in the last three years, after my twins arrived on the scene two months early and when I subsequently lost all interest in interior design in my all-consuming desire and duty to keep them alive.)


 My jaw also dropped when I realized all these fabulous pictures I kept coming across on blogs and Pinterest belonged to one man, Mark Sikes.  His house was recently featured in House Beautiful, but you can see more pictures on this post at Habitually Chic.

After I posted about using decanters as a vase for single stems of flowers, I noticed that the two above photos had similar vases.   I'm not claiming at all to have come up with this idea.  Rather, I think these images subconsciously burned themselves into my brain, and I couldn't help but copy!

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Two

I do love kitchens.  I hope you don't mind me posting about them all the time.
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 Check out this peninsula made from an antique piece of furniture!  Here's another view of it in what I deem to be a kitchen with pure personality and sense of self -- if a kitchen had a sense of self.

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Yeah, I think this kitchen has a sense of self.
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And boy, is she a beaut!



Three

More kitchens, You All.
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 Not enough room for deep counters doesn't mean you can't have full-sized sink. 

I have a special place in my heart for teensy kitchens.  I once had a kitchen even smaller than this, if you can believe it.   I could stand at the sink, and turn and stir something on the stove, and then reach into the fridge without taking more than one step.  It was one of my favorite kitchens to date.  Wish I had a picture...


Four

One more.
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  What is this place?  Is it even a kitchen?  Whatever it is, it is captivating.  The stainless steel sink with built in drainboard, the marble backsplash, the pretty metal shelve above it...  
The thing I love most, however, is that cool paper towel holder.  Do you think the swing arm rods are attached?  Where does one even find such a thing? 

14 comments:

  1. Why does the table in the first photo overlap the hallway?

    These are some pretty fantastic kitchens. You're adding to my indecision.

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  2. Now let's be honest... can we really ever get enough images of kitchens??? Could that be part of the Cinderella syndrome? Thanks for sharing... have a terrific Thursday

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  3. I think that table overlaps on both sides, the stylist probably just moved it over to leave room for the art and negative space, the mirror is slightly further right....

    Love these spaces! I think we have a similar aesthetic. The first two are in the favourite favourites folder :)

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  4. Oh, Camille, that made me laugh! What, those early days weren't filled with reading magazines at Starbucks while your twinks gently cooed? HA! That is exactly when I stopped reading a majority of the magazines that I had been reading ... and only recently have ramped back up!

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  5. Hmm, Mark Sikes. I do love those spaces; going to check him out now.

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  6. Wow. That kitchen.. the one with the penninsula? Undoubtedly the most unkitcheny kitchen I've ever seen. Totally awesome.

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  7. I share your love of kitchens. Especially the ones you posted with natural textures. Lovely post.

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  8. "Yeah, I think this kitchen has a sense of self." You crack me up :)
    Great photos and commentary as always.

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  9. Hey, I just saw something on potterybarn.com that reminded me of that cool paper towel holder. Now that I'm back here, I see that it's not really the same thing. Here it is-

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/covington-paper-holder/?pkey=csale-bath-fixtures

    I bet the longest arm would work for paper towels.

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  10. oh if you EVER find out about the paper towel holder please let me know!
    You have totally picked amazing pictures of kitchens to die for! Oh my Thanks for doing the leg work!
    The furniture style unfitted kitchen swooning!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I love this pink kitchen as well. I recently saw the entire house and it's every bit as quirky as the photo. If I can remember where I saw it i'll send you the link:)

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  12. Wow, catching up on your blog and loving all these great images. Ha, I too laughed about the reference to keeping them alive...oh how I remember that, I lost weight in those years! That first image just takes my breath away and the kitchen has soul, so right about that. It doesn't try to be somebody elses kitchen, or all those kitchen plans that follow a set of unspoken rules about kitchen design.

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  13. Wow, that last one could be right out of my Italian grandmother's kitchen! Love it!!!

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  14. Natural/stained wood with white is by far one of my favorites. Many of these images are new to me. Love!

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