Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dream Kitchens

I have collected these photos as inspiration as we think about what we want in a kitchen...

This is my absolute favorite kitchen, designed by Eleanor Cummings, of Houston, and featured in House Beautiful. I love almost everything about this kitchen, especially the iron stove hood, the big window with dark panes and a big arch, the limestone countertop, the shiny drawer pulls. Every room needs a little bit of shine! How cute yet subtle are the iron cow and pig?

This kitchen below, featured in Southern Living, has a totally different vibe, but I still love it. It's much more casual, humble and earthy. It still has a staircase leading into the kitchen, exposed ceiling beams and a wooden island with shiny pulls, although here the pulls seem to have lost some of their shine. Turquoise really works here for an accent color. I like the tall door with the transom light above. I like the simplicity and casualness of this kitchen, although the practical side of me wonders, where are all of the cabinets? Where would I store anything?

Oh, white kitchen, how I love thee? This kitchen was designed by Susan Dossetter and featured in House Beautiful as well. I love the sink looking out to the window. I love the double basin farmhouse sink. I love the polished soft silver sink fixtures. I love the shiny pulls and the crystal knobs. I love the marble countertop. I like the variation of width in the cabinets. Would it still look this white after Little Man tore through? I wonder...

OK, this one is from a house in San Francisco that was featured on Hooked on Houses this month. I love the brightness, the symmetry, the variation in height of the light fixtures. It looks like a good working kitchen and also one that makes entertaining easy.

OK, so I don't love the style of this kitchen (below), but I do love the layout. I love the stools that face the island. I love the separate work areas. I love the sitting area/breakfast nook in plain view of the chef. And I love all of the light coming in.

This (below) is from Southern Living. To me, this looks like a good working kitchen. It looks easy to move around in and accomplish things. This is important to me, because cooking is my creative release. I also like it because you can serve breakfast, still be working and talk to those sitting in the banquette. I think there is a window into the other side (which I think is a dining room). So you can open it if you want to socialize with guests, since everyone always wants to be in the kitchen at a party -or- close it if you just want to put your head down and get the cooking done without guests nosing around your dirty dishes.

This backsplash is perfection. This kitchen was featured on House of Turquoise this month.

I L-O-V-E this hutch.

and this one...

and this one. The interior design below was done by Betty Burgess and featured in Veranda.

...and these wide saddle stools, for my wide saddle.

We need help!
What is your favorite kitchen in the world?
What do you look for in a kitchen?
What is your favorite part of your kitchen?
What could you not live without?
What do you hate?


  1. Oh, yes, come to mama!

    I love me my house/design bloggers.

    I can't get enough of them, and can't find enough of them.

    Just send your posts DI-rectly to me. Don't bother wrapping them, I'll eat them here.


  2. These are beautiful! I love the first one best :)

  3. What a fabulous collection of kitchens... but, oh my, I'm obsessed with that hutch!! Thanks for the visit this morning!!

  4. love all the cabinets in these!!

    thanks for your sweet comment yesterday!

    p.s. i have a surprise giveaway to help with a DIY project today! + don't forget to enter my featured jewelry giveaway! xo

  5. ~**~LOVE the double farm sinks!!! Kitchen envy going on right ;)Rachel~*~*

  6. Now I wanna re-do my kitchen. I love the wooden stools in the first photo...Ohhh...and that white hutch is perfect.

  7. oh man....these photos really make me want a new kitchen...LOVE the aqua pantry in the primitive kitchen!!

  8. Great inspiration for your kitchen folder! I love so many different styles of kitchens, it really depends on the style of home, is the kitchen in a primary residence, what is the budget and how does one envision using the space in reality, not ideally! Thanks for your comment today on my guest post at the Zhush!

  9. Ooohhh I live looking at kitchen pictures... Got to say I'm not into sleek and modern... I'm more of an English Country kitchen gal! I would love to have room for a hutch too! Lovely post... as always! Lx

  10. well....i now want to go and totally re-arrange my kitchen before school pickup!

    that Susan Dossetter kitchen is heavenly!!!

    and i too, love me a big hutch...those ones were gorgeous!

    how lovely to be deciding on how you would love your kitchen to look and work and feel...

    enjoy...i'm enjoying doing it through you and your blog!!

    melissa x

  11. I too love the all white kitchen and those shiny fixtures. At this point it's so hard to imagine having enough storage for everything AND room enough to go crazy in the kitchen. I will live through you!

    I would love that sauce recipe if you have time!

  12. These all differ but i love them all. I spend so much time in the kitchen that the flow is probably one of the most important elements. Love tons of natural light, a view and deep sinks. I really could go on and on...:-)

  13. Umm I like you!
    Thanks for coming by and my answer about the quilting is GRAB AN OLD LADY...a grandmother a neighbor (they are SO honored to have a young person ask!) and they adore the company. Fun for both of you...otherwise...blogs all over the place on quilting.
    Those kitchens!!! Wow! I love the space of those you are showing...mine is a tight squeeze :) Space then is my #1 request. Room to scoot chairs and spill things :) Have you read about the "work triangle" (probably a dumb question but it is a necessary thing.

  14. love these! I dream of having a bank of widows lining one wall in my future kitchen. I also like clean and uncluttered spaces.

  15. Yes, you need those wide saddle stools. Love these kitchens.

  16. Ahhhh, these are dreamy kitchens, indeed!

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  17. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You ~Ron

  18. I actually have a few of these images in my files! I have always loved farmhouse sinks and that was the first thing I ordered when we renovated our kitchen!

    I popped in to tell you that you won one of the gifts from my give away! Would you be able to email me your details so I can send it out to you? My email address is on my profile page.

    Best wishes,

  19. These are dream kitchens!!! We just painted ours and love it but now looking at these, OMG!

  20. There is nothing that I love more than a beautiful kitchen! They say that a kitchen is the "heart of a home," and I couldn't agree more! I like hardwood floors in kitchen, granite counter tops, white cabinets, and a lot of light! Beautiful pictures! I just moved into a new home, so I will be sure to reference your kitchen ideas as I decide on which direction to go with our design.


  21. Love all of the kitchen ideas!

    Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on my blog...truly appreciated and so welcome!

    xo kelley

  22. These are a gorgeous collection of kitchens. W'ere going through a kitchen renovation in the future like you. But I'm so stumped because I love every type of style and I can't seem to make up my mind, also, I have to work within a budget which limits my choices. However, it's okay because I know when the time is right I'll know what it should look like and then finally commit.

    Thanks for sharing all of your ideas and I can't wait to see what style you commit to.


  23. I think you and I are going to get along just fine.. i have some of these in my inspiration files..

  24. Beautiful kitchens! I love kitchens! Ours has a huge marble top island that I couldn't live without. It's truly the hub of our house.

  25. thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you now. I love love kitchens...I seriously don't know what my favorite one is!!! I dream about redoing our kitchen every night! I hate it. LOL. But for now I am stuck with it.

  26. I also love a white kitchen. I'm a chef and the kitchen is my sanctuary. I love it to be clean and classic in terms of design. The touch of white can be seen from my kitchen furniture to my tile flooring. Tampa, where I live, is such a beautiful place with good weather. As such, white shines magnificently not just in my kitchen but the rest of Tampa.

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