Kitchen Sweet French Country Style in Austin

Not too clean but not too precious, this 150-square-foot kitchen for a couple in Austin, Texas, feels just right. Daniela Johnston of UB Kitchens reorganized the layout, incorporating plenty of storage and counter space while maintaining the clients’ love of French country style. Custom and ready-made pieces add warmth and patina.

The kitchen’s original layout and lack of storage made cooking a drag. Despite the limited square footage, the couple wanted to expand the counter space and space for dishes. “Everything was a tight fit,” says Johnston.
Perimeter countertops, open shelving and tons of new drawers give the new layout an open feel while packing in plenty of function.
Cabinetry: Mid Continent Signature Series in Maple, Celadon and Antique White; countertop: Eco, Silestone

The plate rack above the sink displays a collection of colorful plates while storing them safely. “It adds an element of interest and uniqueness,” says Johnston.
The custom clay tile backsplash brings in French country style. Darker grout highlights the tile shape and makes for easy cleaning. Custom copper drawer pulls tie in with the copper farmhouse sink.
Backsplash: custom, Clay Imports Artesanal; sink: Handcrafted Metal; sink fixture: Delta

Open shelving and glass cabinet doors prevent the kitchen from feeling closed off. A custom hood was designed to blend in with the antique-style cabinetry.
Hood: custom, UB Kitchens; range: American Range

The bottom cabinetry is made up of drawers. A lazy Susan in the corner cabinet helps the clients keep even more dishes or pantry items out of sight. “Using drawers almost exclusively allowed the customers the ability to organize more efficiently and access items easier,” Johnston says.

Maintaining a functional kitchen work triangle proved difficult when trying to maximize counter space, but the U-shape format helps keep the sink, stovetop and refrigerator in a layout that works. Wrought iron chairs on casters add to the French country vibe and can be easily moved away to turn the table into additional workspace.  Table: Pottery Barn; chairs: Wayfair; flooring: hickory, The Tile Guy; refrigerator, dishwasher: KitchenAid

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Handmade In-Frame Kitchen in Old White

This kitchen used an in-frame design with mainly one painted colour, that being the Farrow & Ball Old White. This was accented with natural oak on the island unit pillars and on the bespoke cooker hood canopy. The Island unit features slide away tray storage on one side with tongue and grove panelling most of the way round. All of the Cupboard internals in this kitchen where clad in a Birch veneer. The main Focus of the kitchen was a Mercury Range Cooker in Blueberry. Above the Mercury cooker was a bespoke hood canopy designed to be at the correct height in a very low ceiling room. The sink and tap where from Franke, the sink being a VBK 720 twin bowl ceramic sink and a Franke Venician tap in chrome. The whole kitchen was topped of in a beautiful granite called Ivory Fantasy in a 30mm thickness with pencil round edge profile.

10 Kitchen Ideas Using Brick Walls

I love those old NYC houses with exposed brick walls! Brick walls in kitchens can be used as inspiration for your decorating scheme, no matter what interior design style you gravitate toward. You can create an eye-catching brick accent wall with thin brick veneer. Brick veneers can improve the look of your kitchen and, with proper consideration, can be put up by most do-it-yourselfers.
Check out these 10 Fab Kitchen Ideas Using Brick Walls!

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Guide to Renovating Your Kitchen

I’m smitten by this simple yet outstanding renovation of what once used to be a dull kitchen. The butcherblock countertop and the wooden panel splashbacks make a great pair with the whites of the appliances, the Ikea cabinets and the floor. The little details here and there, like the industrial bins, the open shelving, the desk lamp next to the range and the double cord lamps hanging from the ceiling create the exact handmade-industrial atmosphere I love to love.


Black White Kitchen Designs with Personality

Today we are featuring Modern stylish kitchen design – An Excellent collection of modern Kitchen design ideas from Italian company Dada. This model is elegant without being affected, and is truly designer-oriented right down to the smallest details of everyday objects.

For those who prefer art to stay in the gallery, let open shelving display your most prized kitchen pieces, such as smooth earthenware bowls, sparkling glassware or vintage jelly moulds. The collections will bring a confident chef persona to your cooking space, whether you are a whiz in the kitchen or not!

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HI-MACS Doble Dueto Apartment by Cuartopensante

Spanish interior design studio Cuartopensante has recently completed the Doble Dueto Apartment project in Albaida, a town in the Valencian Community of Spain.
The architects have designed the interior of this 1,400 square foot apartment with extensive use of HI-MACS®, a new generation of natural acryl stone.

HI-MACS Doble Dueto Apartment by Cuartopensante:
“Emotions govern people’s lives and the spaces that we create house them. That is the starting point for Cuartopensante, the interior-design studio responsible for the “Double Duet”, a 130 m² apartment fitted out with HI-MACS® in Albaida (Valencia).
The apartment’s owner had bought a newly constructed building, but wanted a home that was functional as well as offering a personality. His joint roles as a businessman and a family man were the starting point for the project. The owner spends a lot of his time travelling, so the home needed to have a special character: a haven that retained aspects such as convenience and familiarity.
Inspired by the city’s Moorish roots, this residence with an Eastern touch blends four main colours: gold leaf, oak, white, and black. Without losing sight of the objective which was to design a space inspired by emotions of the owner. So black and white was used for basic items of furniture and then complemented with the simplicity of wood and the richness of gilded tones.
However, if there is one material that stands out above others because of its aesthetic aspect and its quality, that material is HI-MACS®, which has been used in large parts of the house: from the kitchen worktop and some coverings, to various elements of the main washroom. According to Rafael Muñoz, interior designer and one of the architects of the project: “The use of HI-MACS® brought a number of advantages, including the pure cleanliness of acrylic stone, its technical characteristics, and the chance to work with a thickness of 9 millimetres.”
The interior-design team were presented with a shell of a building. So, with a perimeter with drainage, pillars, and common elements already defined, they started to design areas by adapting the installations to the new proposal. The first step was to change the partition, then divide the house into three main areas.
Upon entering the house, a courtesy wardrobe with a black mirror and a divider made up of oak planks measuring 20 x 2.35 metres high provides visual separation between the living room, the dining room, and the study.
Furniture separates the dining room from the living room, which contains a large table and six chairs covered in black leather and “La macchina della luce”, a lamp of large dimensions made with gold leaf.
Another of the family’s wishes was to use all the natural light of the residence. Lighting is a design tool that is essential to give shape to interiors, set out areas, fix points of interest, and fill a corner with poetry. The request was achieved by designing a work area set beside the living-room windows and offering relaxing views.
Using an eco-friendly concept, the office space – as in the rest of the house – is automated thanks to an external cell that measures light intensity and regulates it according to the time of day or the season of the year, contributing to a lowering of the internal energy costs of the home, an increase in lighting comfort, and greater individualised control.
White predominates in the kitchen area, with accents of colour in the interior, one of the side walls, and the ceiling light – elements that are covered with oak to achieve continuity with the flooring.
The invisible joins offered by HI-MACS® were essential to incorporate the flow of the worktop into a peninsula 3.40 metres wide, as much for reasons of hygiene as for æsthetics. Acrylic stone has proved to be truly practical for food-preparation surfaces. To those qualities are added its ease of care, its resistance to blows, and – if necessary – its ability to be repaired in situ.
The areas that make up the apartment have a fluid relationship between them. Proof of that is offered by the glass-walled interior garden, which leads to the second area of the house. The glass represents a visual separator and contains the trunk of a century-old olive tree, it offers a wide panorama to the kitchen.
The master bedroom is configured as an ensuite and contains a bed with an oak canopy set in the middle of the room. The dressing room – with a mirror measuring 170 x 120 centimetres on a wall completely covered with the same wood as the floor – is separated from the bedroom by a glass-walled bathroom, with both areas being lit with built-in ceiling lights. As a result, the cupboards and shelves blend with the bathroom fittings, hidden in a large area of
extra-clear and self-cleaning glass.
Thanks to the thermoforming property of HI-MACS®, the material can be adapted to many shapes and can be blended with other materials like wood or glass, to obtain a result that is elegant, original, and unique. For those reasons, HI-MACS® has been used in the main bathroom including the washbasin, the bath, and the shower both walls and the floor.
Another of the bathroom’s advantages is its thermostatic system, which controls use of water in the shower and the bath.
Part of the spectacular attractiveness of the house is due to its exterior. The terrace of the main bedroom and the dining room both stand out thanks to their sophisticated pieces by Kettal, designed by Patricia Urquiola. The armchairs, the 2-seater settee, and the chairs hanging from the ceiling like swings give elegance and freshness to this area for relaxation.”

Photos by: Sergio Pomar Montahud