Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cottage Kitchens

A kitchen for a serious cook who entertains casually and formally requires a space that is both efficient and comfortable. Bulthaup cabinets, high-end appliances and a scrutinized layout provide efficiency while treasured heirlooms and antique French tiles make this space an inviting center of the home.

The kitchen in this vintage Chicago apartment is a study in finely honed contrasts. The warm tones and texture of the antique French floor tiles starkly contrast with the polished minimalism of the stainless steel cabinetry. Photograph by Hyunjung Bay.

Reeded glass cabinets, Ann Sacks Luxor backsplash tiles and Mitchell Gold barstools are special elements that make this kitchen feel luxurious.

This kitchen features built-in stainless-steel appliances and custom wood cabinetry. A café table and bar stools in the breakfast nook provide a comfortable area for quick meals. The bar area utilizes the same leather bar stools for flexibility in seating arrangements. Photograph by Daniel Newcomb Architectural Photography.

Riverfront views are maximized with wall-to-wall windows in this family-friendly kitchen. Photograph by George Lambros of Lambros Photography.

The perimeter of this space includes a variety of stations including a baking area, a prep area with additional sink, a plate staging area where all dishes are garnished, a family breakfast area (with coffee and self-serve cereal stations) and a banquet seating area for children. Photograph by George Lambros of Lambros Photography.

Photograph by Janet Mesic Mackie.

The incredible central cooking space includes two professional-grade stoves with six gas burners each. An adjacent workspace with built-in shelving corrals cookbooks and frequently-used office essentials. Photograph by George Lambros of Lambros Photography.

While stainless steel is certainly a high-style look, too much of it can make a kitchen feel cold and uninviting. Here, the plethora of metal is warmed up with dark wood cabinetry.

The use of hand-painted black base cabinets with painted white upper cabinets allow for a more open, vast feeling in this kitchen. Topped with white statuary marble, the island allows for seating, display cabinets and even an inset for the family dog's food and water dishes.

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