SATURATED COLORAs was the roller shade by Manhattan Shade & Glass, Fine Paints of Europe lacquer in Bamboo Leaf the cabinets in this New York apartment by Miles Redd. Redd says, "We pumped up the shade only a scootch and lacquered it to give it life." The Sub-Zero refrigerator is painted green.
Light and BrightThis kitchen packs every homeowner's most-wanted features right into a tiny space: a storage-filled island with pendant lights, double wall ovens, seating, as well as a beautiful mosaic backsplash. Light English sycamore and maple trimming that is dark play nicely in the custom cabinetry, making a natural although dramatic balance. Recessed lighting and open shelving over the cabinets create a great house for collectibles.
ROLLING LADDERAdding additional storage up top is recommended, if you're able to reach, that's. Katie Ridder installed a rolling ladder (just like the library!) in this excellent kitchen to access ceiling-height cabinets.
Small WonderThis homeowner, a top Realtor in the area, needed a small space that was unique to flaunt to her clients. That's only what she got together with the dark shoji-style cabinets and custom round butcher block table on casters. Floating shelves, which help to open up the miniature kitchen flank the cooking range.
SUBWAY TILETo fake a sunny farmhouse kitchen in a Manhattan apartment, Celerie Kemble painted the cupboards Benjamin Moore's White Dove. The white-tiled walls, along with brass hardware along with a milk-glass chandelier, create the chimera of added sunshine.
TALL TABLEChris Barrett located the tall 1860s Czech table, with beautifully turned legs at J.F. Chen. It works perfectly in a space that was "too small to get a dining table and too huge to own nothing," Barrett says, serving as both breakfast island and buffet for dining on the patio outside the French doors.
MATCHING TRIMIn a 295-square-foot Brooklyn studio apartment designed by Nick Olsen, the kitchen corner, done in white and green to blend in, gets a serving with a painted plaid backsplash along with grosgrain ribbon trim of charm.
GLASS DOORSIn Mark Egerstrom's 1,200-square foot West Hollywood house, the wood floors of the kitchen extend out to an adjoining deck through glass shower doors, creating the illusion of a much bigger space. The walnut cabinetry was designed by Egerstrom: "It Is my take on old farmhouse kitchens, upgraded to the 21st century."
MIRRORED BACKSPLASHIn this Chicago kitchen quantifying only 105 square feet, high contrast is meant by high style. Designer Summer Thornton sets a tone that is refined with white and black. Add treasures that are classic, some mirrors and — unexpectedly — a room sparkles.
BLACK CABINETRYIn a Manhattan apartment, the present kitchen cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore Aura in Black. "I wanted it to appear less boring and more like an intelligent butler's pantry," designer Lilly Bunn says. The Roman shade is in Holland & Sherry's Belfour linen.
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