18 May 2010

Thank you Houzz

When ever I'm in need of inspiration for work, I can think of one place that never disappoints. Go to Houzz.

Mt. Baker traditional kitchen

another angle of great kitchen  kitchen

I'm in love with this kitchen.

Levenson McDavid Architects eclectic kitchen

This is the same kitchen and the reading nook makes me love it all the more.

Levenson McDavid Architects eclectic kitchen

farmhouse sink traditional kitchen

Kitchen eclectic kitchen

Mrs. Limestone Kitchen traditional kitchen

This white paint kick I've been on is starting to make me not recognize myself.


  1. I love Houzz too! A white kitchen is to me - dare I say - timeless! ha! Also let's remember those lights from picture two shall we?

  2. I would like to see you make those light fixtures yourself. Cobble together something with old goldfish bowls and baling wire and we'll get you a spot on the DIY Network.

    Despite my misgivings about open shelves, that Ken Levinson kitchen makes me light-headed with glee. The black bird on the shelf tells me that it would be OK to have a shelf just like that.

  3. Ah, the black bird rears its ebony head once again. Pesky preternatural creature! My concrete detector is sounding at the far end of that Levenson kitchen also. You definitely have more than one kick in your dance lately Paul, beside white paint! Which makes for an entertaining production, overall.

  4. Is that a challenge? B/c I've made lamps before... I won't detail the outcome.

    You know I was too distracted by those charcoal grey cabinets to notice the bird or to pass judgement on the open shelf! for shame!

  5. Rich and Saucy: As my fellow admirers of corvids, I value you two above all others. I suspect that those counters are concrete too and I suspect even more strongly that those cabinets are by Henrybuilt. From the Viola Park collection to be more precise.

  6. We love Houzz too, but for different reasons.

  7. I simply love the absence of upper cabinetry in Ken Levenson's kitchen (at least in the part shown). Also great mixing of the industrial look with traditional architectural elements. Those moldings playing with the vent are wonderful! And great for irritating the "true to the period" type of client :D

  8. A white kitchen is truly the only timeless kitchen design. 20 years ago I built a house with a white kitchen with white marble and wood floors and it's still as pretty today as then (with appliance upgrades!). The cherry and walnut cabinets of today will become the dreaded oak cabinets of tomorrow.

  9. Ken Levenson had some beautiful architecture to work with, didn't he? I love that little seating alcove, love the simplicity of the open shelves and the clean looking appliances. But although I can see why it's there, I really do not like the exposed ducting in this space. You might call it creative tension, I think it is an ugly distraction in this setting.

  10. Very nice blog! I think white cabinets are a staple in our New England area. We tend to see almost 80% of the kitchens we install having white cabinetry.

  11. I love Houzz, and I ADORE Brooklyn Limestone. Her kitchen kicked off my lust for the ubiquitous white cabinet/soapstone kitchen. Though it's not "me," I don't ever get tired of looking at a well-executed (interesting!) white kitchen.

    She's changed up the accessories a bit - I love the Tolix-esque stool replacements. http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2009/07/kitchen-finished-for-now.html

  12. Sorry I've been such a stranger today.

    Joy and Janet: Houzz tries so hard and does such a good job that I can't bring myself to mock them. Although there was an idea book posted about how to recreate a "faerie house" or some such nonsense and it was all I could do not to fillet them for it. Here it is: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/30069/list/Building-a-Fairytale-Cottage-is-Easy-at-Houzz

    Bozena: Hah! True to period people can be a challenge. I love breaking the news to them that new appliances aren't remotely true to period and never can be.

    Anonymous: I avoid all use of the term timeless. Classic gets closer to what you're trying to communicate if you ask me. It may be semantics, but words are important.

    Sarah: That seating alcove is all the creative tension that room needs. I agree with you, the exposed duct is a little much and I think enclosing it in a soffit wouldn't be a bad thing at all.

    Casatelli: Welcome to K&RD, thansk for the follow on Twitter and thanks for your comment. Stick around, there's plenty more fun to be had.

    Thanks for the newer link to Brooklyn Limestone. I hadn't seen her Tolix-ian chairs and they look better than the ones that had been there. Notice her wood floor. Oh man...


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