For kitchens with high ceilings or for anyone unafraid to go big and bold, an oversized pendant light in the kitchen is a total eye-catcher. Unfortunately, large lights can be pretty pricey, which is why the MASKROS light from IKEA is so great: it's huge, good-looking, affordable, and a real statement piece.
Heather lives with her husband and teenage son in a 1920s South Carolina home that's been completely revamped to fit the family's modern lifestyle. The open kitchen you see here used to be three rooms before it was remodeled into the sleek space it is now.
When Kitchn reader Nathalie bought her house ten years ago, the small 10x6 galley kitchen wasn't anything to write home about. It was "barely functional, and completely uninspiring," she told us. She tried to improve it by painting the walls red, but there was no denying the lack of both counter and storage space. Finally, after many years of saving, she hired a contractor and remodeled the whole thing, opting for eco-friendly materials every step of the way:
Did you read our post on kitchen remodeling trends to avoid? I wonder where copper countertops fit in with all that. I've always been drawn to the look (and to brass countertops, because who could forget this kitchen), so I did a little research into the pros and cons of copper countertops:
Yesterday Faith shared a photo of what is considered the ideal kitchen for thousands of internet readers, according to a survey by Houzz. It's interesting, then, to compare that with another recent article, this one from Forbes on the top trends to avoid if you're renovating a kitchen. Would the two lists contradict each other? Here's what I discovered:
If your kitchen is pressed for space (or even if it's not), you just might find yourself with a range or cooktop in a corner. That leaves you with not only a backsplash to think about, but the side wall, which is just as susceptible to splatters as the back wall. How to protect that side wall? Some ideas from Apartment Therapy house tours:
A few weeks ago, without really planning it, l found myself standing in William Faulkner's kitchen. In Oxford, Mississippi for the Southern Foodways Symposium, I did what every tourist to Ole Miss does: I visited Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home just off campus.
After zipping through the self-guided tour, I asked about the kitchen and learned that it wasn't open to the public, but with a little nice-nice and my best southern smile, I found my way in, chaperoned by a docent who told me in the kindest possible voice that it was best to not touch anything. What I found was a very real and simple testament to the theory that the kitchen is the warmest place in house.
Jonathan's style is clean and contemporary, but warm. His apartment — located in a former printing warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront — has great architecture, and the kitchen makes the most of the home's high ceilings and open space.
This small kitchen is all warmth and functionality thanks to the wood cabinetry and streamlined design. Love the look? Want to emulate some of it in your own kitchen? Here are sources to help you get the look. If you recognize other elements, please fill in the blanks in the comments! See another photo below: