Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oil Paintings In The Kitchen

Displaying vintage oil paintings in your kitchen is a nice way to add warmth and character to your decor.
I especially like still life paintings in my kitchen, like this painting of grapes sitting on the counter...

 ...and this little oil of a basket of cherries on the shelf with my white ironstone.

Looking online for more "oil painting in kitchens" inspiration, I came across some wonderful examples.
I love this painting of a copper pot mounted on a wall of marble.

 One of my favorite kitchens is this one.
The green cabinetry with marble and brass is absolutely magnificent and so original.

Adding a gallery of oil paintings is genius!

Designer Lauren Liess created a gallery wall in her kitchen that caught my eye.
I love the combination of portraits and landscapes.  

A couple of bucolic landscapes really stand out in an otherwise simple and clean kitchen vignette belonging to Catherine from In the Fields.  

No wall space?
Line up your art collection above the cabinets for added visual interest.

This black and white kitchen belongs to Janet from The Gardener's Cottage.  It is warmed up with the seagrass rug, crystal chandelier, bamboo shades and yes--the little oil painting over the range hood.
Just darling!

It's not hard to find vintage oil paintings like the portraits sitting on this open shelving.

Whether you prefer still lifes, portraits or landscapes, as long as they speak to you, you can begin an art collection to be displayed in your kitchen. 
Keep in mind, they don't have to be perfect! 
I'm always checking out antique stores, resell shops and garage sales for original art.

What do you think?
Would you display vintage oil paintings in your kitchen?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

A romantic dinner for two.

One setting for Madame...

...the other for Monsieur.

We'll be celebrating Valentine's Day in style!
What are your Valentine plans?

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

White Ironstone Love

 My love affaire with white ironstone began when I found this "pure butter" slab years ago at a home store in Sonoma.
I was smitten, and immediately tried to find more.

The problem was that I had no idea what to call it as I tried to locate more slabs on Ebay.
Dairy slab?  Bistroware? White ironstone with lettering.

Eventually, I found more!

One online store that still sells them is Joanne Hudson Basics.

Though, not inexpensive, their reproductions are still a bargain compared to a true antique.
A huge inspiration for collecting white ironstone came from this photo of a pantry from Joanne Hudson.  I would kill for this pantry--and the ironstone too!

 Eventually, I broadened my hunt to include white porcelain that had black wording.

 Sometimes I find them at Homegoods or Marshalls.
Sometimes, on Ebay.

Luckily, I've even found ironstone like the bowl above in antique stores.

These pieces were found in an antique store too.
They are quite old.

Recently, I discovered that West Elm carries white ironstone bowls and canisters, reasonably priced.

I'm loving this set of graduated bowls.

The whole collection is wonderful!
They work well in a black and white kitchen and go with just about everything.
Those bowls are calling my name!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Wreaths Symbolize Welcome And Unity

Nothing says welcome like a festive wreath, and over the years, I've hung many different wreaths on our front door.
Wreaths symbolize welcome and unity with their branches, leaves and flowers forming a perfect ring.

This one was from 2010 which I found in the wine country. 
It gave me the idea to use upholstery webbing to embellish future wreaths.

Like this one for the holidays.

Lately, Ive been all about boxwood wreaths, both for the holidays and year round.
I like this one, hung with upholstery webbing from Houzz.
It's clean and simple.

Here is a preserved boxwood wreath hung with black and white stripe ribbon.
So fresh and perfect for spring.

 Wreaths aren't just for the door though.
Lately, I've been hanging them indoors on mirrors.

For the holidays, I hung this boxwood wreath on the entry mirror with plaid ribbon.
I'll replace the ribbon, but keep the wreath for a few more months.

In Asti, I hung a preserved boxwood wreath on the living room mirror, bringing a touch of green to the room.

Magnolia leaves also make a wonderful wreath, like this one from Lonny.
Traditionally, they are for the holidays, but I like them year round.
They can be embellished with dried hydrangeas and other florals.

I recently found this magnolia wreath in the wine country.
It was time to replace the Christmas wreath!
I think it is timeless, transcending the seasons, don't you?

In Asti, I hung a natural branch wreath on one of the doors.
Since there is no front door, per se, putting a wreath on the dining room door creates a sense of entry.

 It is made from material that can be found on our property.
Moss and branches.
It says "welcome" to our home.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Kitchen Tour

I've been meaning to share my new kitchen with y'all for a long time, but just haven't gotten around to it.  
You've probably seen it in the distance, lurking in the shadows...

So today, I cleaned off the counters, bought some flowers and staged the kitchen for a photoshoot and reveal.

But, let's back up for a little before and after action.
The kitchen during the tiling phase.
I chose white subway tile for the backsplash and took it all the way to the ceiling.

 After the tile was installed, the cabinets were painted onsite.

I chose classic soapstone counters which have held up very well.
They were oiled a year ago, and still look great.

My white porcelain collection looks even better in this black and white kitchen.

In fact, I have found that everything looks good in a black and white kitchen--even plaid or transferware.

 The few pieces of my beloved majolica are right at home too.

 Notice the pot filler over the stove?
I was totally against it, but my contractor insisted that I would love it.
Yea, he was right!

But my favorite part of the kitchen is the refrigerator!
I loved the glass fronted refrigerator in our old house, but couldn't manage to take it with us.
This one is smaller though and perfect for the space.

We live in this room!
Having two club chairs in the kitchen definitely helps keep us cozy.
We have our morning coffee here every day.

Oscar has his little bed right along side!
Just outside the window is the atrium that leads to the roof deck.

I was lucky to be able to squeeze in a small breakfast table.
It's also where we eat our dinner! 

Drapes in a John Robshaw fabric keep the kitchen cozy too.

We inherited the Persian rugs from Mrs. A.
I love how they warm up the space.

 A close up of the sink area.
Since we are in the City, the view isn't so great.
I solved that problem with woven shades and planted rosemary topiaries outside the window.

The drawer and cupboard to the left of the sink is actually the dishwasher.
The other side of the sink houses the garbage in the large pull-out drawer.

Our new kitchen has been such a joy and I can honestly say, if we ever move, I will just have to recreate it all over again in the next house!
After all, how can you go wrong with black and white?

Refrigerator:  Sub-Zero
Stove and microwave:  Wolf
Dishwasher:  Bosche
Wine Cooler:  GE Monogram
Countertops:  Soapstone
Backsplash:  Adko subway tile
Lanterns:  Ballard Designs
Pendant:  Restoration Hardware
Drapery Fabric:  John Robshaw
Woven Blinds:  Presidio Classics
Dining Table:  World Market
Dining Chairs:  Arhaus
Counter Stools:  One Kings Lane
Club Chairs:  Serena and Lily

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