Not Just Any Cabinet

by Lauren Setum

Today, I’m jumping back in to the kitchen design I posted a few days back. As I’d mentioned, a custom cabinet could be a great solution to the needs for more storage and an aesthetically pleasing view from the dining room. While purchasing an existing cabinet and refinishing it could also be an option, there are a few reasons why going custom might be more desirable:

  • Going custom allows you to to specify the exact size of a piece. This is especially useful when you have a slightly awkward space; the spot where this cabinet is placed falls under that category (although there is some wiggle room if the homeowners decided to go with an existing piece).
  • While the nuances of vintage finds can be charming, the lines of that existing piece might not be exactly what you’re looking for. With a custom design, you can ensure that features will be in keeping with your aesthetic concept.
  • A kitchen for true cooks will likely require storage space for larger and more specific tools (i.e. stand mixer, wok, etc.). Custom pieces, like this cabinet, allow you to design a space specifically for those pieces. You’ll notice in the concept sketches below that I notated roll-out shelves for items such as these, making them more accessible. Before submitting a final cabinet design, I would be sure to measure the items the homeowners would like to store in the cabinet.

The board below shows a couple concept sketches for a custom cabinet that would work well in this particular kitchen. Also, check out the paint progress; the new kitchen color is looking fabulous so far!

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You’ll notice in the perspective drawing below that the cabinet features a geometric cut-out design. If you look closely at the photo below, you can see that this shape is used in the entry way as well. Repeating shapes and forms throughout the spaces in a home serves to unify them and (dare I sound like a broken record) make them feel cohesive.

Also, I love the idea of removing the existing cabinet hardware from the current cabinetry and using it on the custom cabinet. The piece is designed to look like a separate piece of furniture, not a built in or extension of the current kitchen cabinets; using different hardware will make it feel even more special.

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Counter space is precious in this kitchen so getting the microwave into a place of its own is key in getting the kitchen to function to the best of its ability. This is where a custom design comes in handy! I included a spot for it in the lower half of the piece. You’ll notice in the CAD drawing below that I adjusted the design of the upper half of the cabinet from the original sketch. Once I put the drawing in the computer and got it to scale, I preferred just two cabinet doors on top with no cubbies for baskets; sometimes simpler is better.

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Let’s Get Cookin’

by Lauren Setum

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone is enjoying 2014 thus far. Today, Salt & Pippa is kicking off the new year with a kitchen design. You might remember the Master Bedroom design I posted last month; this kitchen is in the same home and in need of a little updating. Let’s start with the paint color my friend and I selected for the space. It is…

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Sundial by Benjamin Moore

We chose this color for a couple of reasons. First, there is an existing, exposed brick wall in the kitchen. Since it will be staying, the color needed to embrace and compliment it. Second, my friend wanted the space to feel a little more open and fresh. A lighter color selection does the trick. Finally, this color works perfectly with the Living Room paint color (to be debuted in an upcoming post). Since the Living Room is right off the kitchen, this was a must.

Now on to the space plan. The two floor plans below are essentially the same, as existing cabinetry will be refinished rather than replaced (for the most part…keep reading!). There was some deliberation as to where the refrigerator should go, but in the end, I think it’s best to leave it where it originally was; this is what’s shown on the plans. Though the doors will partially block the doorway to the living room when open, traffic flow disruption will be minimal since the fridge isn’t left open for long periods of time. Plus, you can also enter the space through the dining room, which is on the other side of the wall with the refrigerator and stove.

You’ll also notice that there is a free-standing custom cabinet drawn in on the plan to the right of the dishwasher. This piece gives the homeowners extra storage space…a welcome addition to smaller kitchens! Not only is the piece functional, but it’s also aesthetically pleasing. Who doesn’t love to gaze at an original piece of furniture?! It’s placement in the space is quite intentional as it is what you see when looking into the kitchen from the dining room; definitely important that this be considered when space planning.

Last but not least, the large window at the end of the room offers a lovely view of the back yard. Unfortunately, the low sill height prevents any sort of built-in breakfast nook. But never fear, there are still options for seating!

OPTION 1: An upholstered lounge chair and small side table offers a place to perch and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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OPTION 2: A custom table with butcher block top would offer additional workspace when needed but could also double as an informal dining area for quick meals.

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Moving on to material and finish selections…

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Rug: This runner from Surya fits the bill for multiple reasons. Besides fitting into the aesthetic concept my friend and I discussed, it is also functional for a kitchen. Since it’s a flat weave rug, it will be easy to simply take outside and ‘shake out’ when needed; no thick, plush pile rugs for a kitchen, thank you very much.

Accent color: This color will provide just the right amount of ‘pop’; I picture it on the custom cabinet. My next post will go into its design more in depth.

Cabinet finish: This finish is called Honey Walnut. I’d suggest a warm brown stain color like this one as it will effectively update the space without feeling like someone ‘tried too hard’.

Cabinet hardware: This pull from Amerock is available at Brass Handle in Edina (for all you Minnesotans).The finish is the perfect golden color…subtle and pretty. I have an alternate plan for the existing cabinet hardware (think custom cabinet!).

Countertop: This quartz countertop can be found at Home Depot. Quartz is a great product. It’s less porous than granite so it resists stains better. Plus, it’s extremely low-maintenance. I chose a countertop with minimal texture and pattern because it will be right next to the brick wall, which has a lot of texture and multiple colors.

Backsplash tile: I currently have a kitchen of my own that I would like to redo. Until then, I’m going without backsplash tile, and let me tell you…my walls have some food on them. I definitely recommend investing in some tile. Product doesn’t have to be expensive. I like 1 x 1 tiles from Daltile (available at Home Depot) for this kitchen. Check out the drawing below for install details.

Pendant light: This pendant light from Rejuvenation would look fabulous above the kitchen sink. Great price, too!

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This elevation shows the basic idea for the custom cabinet. It is also the wall with the brick, as seen in the photo below.

 

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Now for the more major cabinet change I’m recommending. The photo above shows existing upper cabinetry on the wall with the refrigerator and stove. To make the space seem larger and more open, I’d suggest taking them out, tiling the entire wall and installing open/floating shelves as seen in the elevation below. The shelves can be used for displaying nice dish ware, or, if it’s preferable to hide certain items, decorative baskets and bins can be used. Add a new stainless steel vent above the stove for proper ventilation, and the cooking can begin!

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The tile color, as seen on the materials board above, closely resembles that of the paint selection so as to not overwhelm or clutter the space. In order for a space to be successful, not everything can be a focal point. The neutral color tile blends in and serves to open up the space and make cleaning easier. It does not compete for attention but rather ensures cohesiveness.

A Cardinal That Rolled in Ketchup…

by Lauren Setum

Signing papers for a new house can seem scary and overwhelming. Then you get to the ‘let’s pick out new paint colors’ stage, and signing those loan documents seems like the easy part. Yikes! Selecting colors…no, make that selecting the right colors…really isn’t easy. Page through a paint deck, and you’ll notice just how many subtle variations there are between paint chips; choosing the right one can even be a challenge for professional designers sometimes. A couple things to consider:

  • Have you looked at your paint sample in the room that you’ll be painting? If not, you should. Lighting makes all the difference, and each space is a little different. You see a sample at its ‘truest’ color during the day when it’s light out.
  • Have a favorite color? Awesome. There are a couple common mistakes people make when it comes to colors they love. Let’s say your favorite color is red:

1) Just because you like red does not mean that you should go out in search of the bloodiest, I’m a cardinal that rolled in ketchup red. I mean seriously. While there may be situations where that type of red is appropriate, more often than not, that color probably isn’t going to translate into what you had in mind.

2) Just because it’s your favorite color doesn’t mean it belongs on your walls. Consider whether it might be more appropriate to use ‘red’ as an accent color. Think POPS of color.

Alright, now that we’re on the same page, let’s talk about some recent paint selections my friend and I made for her new home. Today, I’m going to share the Master Bedroom paint color. It is….

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Cedar Ridge by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore is a great, high quality paint. The company offers a wider range of color selections than most paint vendors, which is also a big plus. The mood board below shows how a few layers of fabrics, art and accessories work with the paint color to create a lovely Master Bedroom:

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Note: My friend and her fiancee have existing dark wood furniture that will be used in the space.

Abstract floral rug from Surya: With the paint color being a little lighter, this rug, with some deeper tones, does a great job of grounding the room and defining the space. Plus, since it’s 100% wool, it’s durable and will last much longer.

Duvet cover from Restoration Hardware (in Prairie)Since the rug utilizes a large scale pattern, there was no need for pattern on the bedding. The Prairie colorway is just right because it’s slightly deeper than the walls and therefore adds a little depth without being too busy.

Pillow sham fabric by Christopher Farr Cloth (in Natural)Since this fabric is sold by the yard, the shams would need to be custom made. Getting shams made is easier than you think though (especially if you know an interior designer!). In this case, I feel it’s the best solution because this fabric is what pulls the room together. If you click on the link and zoom in on the fabric, you’ll see that it has all the colors used in the room. This is key in making a space feel cohesive. Plus, bed-in-a-bags drive me crazy…way too matchy matchy and not very personal. Combining these shams with the duvet from Restoration Hardware yields a much more unique look. Finally, since the scale of the pattern is considerably smaller than that of the rug, the two work together well.

Gold throw by West Elm (on sale!) & To the Moon pillow by Red EnvelopeAccessories add color, texture and personality to a space.

Lamp is vintage from findfurnish in MinneapolisThis textured lamp is so fabulous. Since my friend’s new home was built in the 50s, the lamp is definitely era-appropriate. Don’t shy away from these pieces; something as simple as a new lamp shade can give them a whole new life!

Egypt print from Zazzle: Framing inexpensive prints is a great way to get something on your walls without breaking the bank. Since my friend and her fiancee have been to Egypt, I thought this would be perfect for them.

Last but not least, a second option. The space, with a few small changes could work with this rug from Surya, too. Which do you like best?

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Get Your Pantone On…

by Lauren Setum

In case you haven’t already heard, the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. I was reminded of a lovely House Beautiful cover from earlier this year…

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The color, in my opinion, can easily become a bit ‘childish’ looking if not used correctly. This living area by New York interior designer, Ashley Whittaker, however, does a beautiful job of showcasing the color in such a way that the resulting space is chic and inviting for grown ups and kids alike.

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Not up for a Radiant Orchid redecorating project? Then get your Pantone on with a few additions to your wardrobe. Oh, and in case you’re wondering what color to pair with this shade of purple, I think red (generally speaking) is an excellent choice!

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Cicely shift dress by Trina Turk

Jeweled clutch by Alice and Olivia

Graysn pump by Enzo Angiolini at Nordstrom

Were You Raised In A Barn?!

by Lauren Setum

Well, I wasn’t, but I do hope to be able to say that I live in one someday. That’s right. I want to live in a barn. I’ve always thought it would be great to purchase an old barn or schoolhouse and turn it into a residence. Combining modern elements with a piece of history is my idea of a dream home. I was thinking about this ‘dream home’ a few weeks ago and came across a website called The Barn Pages. It’s filled with everything you need to know about barns…buying, selling, restoring and much more. It’s perfect for people like me; if you can’t find a barn in the exact area you want, simply find one online, have it disassembled and shipped right to you (when I say simply, I mean simply with a grain of salt). Of course, that’s just the first step. You’d want to work with an architect AND interior designer when it comes to restoring it and making it your home. Here are a few barns from the site with a lot of potential…

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Since I don’t have before and after pictures of my own dream barn yet, I’ve found a few photos from other projects that showcase what a gem these structures can really be…

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Highland Group

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Blackburn Architects

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Archer and Buchanan via Houzz

Fine Dining

by Lauren Setum

Last week, a friend brought my attention to Kate Spade’s Wickford Dinnerware Collection (shown below) featuring a fantastically fun wiener dog motif. I love the combo of kelly green and navy that the collection utilizes, very fresh and chic. The set inspired today’s post which showcases a handful of dinnerware collections that I find endearing, each for a different reason. Imagine the tablescapes that could be created with these…

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  Airplanes Kip O’Krongly at Northern Clay Center: Functional and artful all in one. I love that the design isn’t overly feminine and nods to a vintage aesthetic.

 Blue floral Blue Fluted Mega by Karen Kjaelgaard Larsen at Bloomingdale’sClassic blue and white with a modern twist. I find this line simply stunning. Each piece is slightly different; unexpected yet definitely cohesive.  

  Wiener dog set Kate Spade at Macy’sThe catalyst for today’s post. A wiener dog motif plus stripes; can’t go wrong there!

 Orange floral AnthropologieThis is a smaller, salad size plate, but I think the pop of color it has to offer a more neutral table setting is just delightful. Not to mention the unique shape.

 Taxi Kirk Lyttle at Northern Clay Center: If you prefer a more handmade look, this plate is a great option. The taxi illustration sets it apart from other run-of-the-mill handmade pottery items. A great conversation piece.                                 

 Classic white set Montes DoggettBecause classic never goes out of style. I totally understand having a set like this as a staple item in your kitchen. Plus, it’s a great backdrop for different pops of color throughout the year. I selected this particular set because of the bowl design. I think the pedestal is so elegant; quietly intriguing. 

Bringing the Outside In

by Lauren Setum

It’s that time of year again…the time of year when Bambi runs and hides! As for the fish, well they’re pretty much a target all year long. Poor Nemo. I’m acknowledging the hunting season here on Salt and Pippa with some tasty…oops, I mean tasteful, paintings from local Twin Cities artists.

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Fish by Chris Nystrom

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I’m not one to mount animal heads and put them on the wall, but I do LOVE this painting by Jill Van Sickle.

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These bird paintings by Christina Hankins just make me plain happy!

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Last but not least, a painting entitled Made to Float by Chris NystromI find this piece really fun and intriguing.