Posts Tagged ‘kitchen’

October 31st, 2013 No Comments

10 kitchen design tips for a classic kitchen

When designing a kitchen it can be quite overwhelming, I know. There are a lot of choices to consider. Here are a few quick tips to consider if you’d like that classic look to your a kitchen. 1. When in doubt, use a white subway tile backsplash, it is a classic choice and goes with most any cabinet style. 2. If you would like to have color in your kitchen cabinets, but you are not sure how to infuse it, keep the color on your lower cabinets (like you see above) and select white upper cabinets. This keeps the kitchen … Read more

October 17th, 2013 No Comments

Interior Designer Nancy Serafini Shares 5 Tips For Decorating Your Home Like A Pro

As a New England based designer, Nancy Serafini has over 38 years of experience. She has received several prestigious awards for her work and her most recent was an induction into the New England Design Hall of Fame. Nancy’s own style is relaxed, comfortable and elegant, creating warm and gracious interiors. Today she shares 5 design tips to help you with those designer details that can make all the difference in your home. 1. Divide and Create Nooks with Color and Patterns– Above, Nancy took a long narrow living room and divided it to allow for a small cozy library. … Read more

October 10th, 2013 No Comments

create a neutral color palette with gray & green

When people think of neutrals most automatically think of tans and creams, but gray and green can be a nice alternative. Whether it’s light or dark gray, both shades are still very neutral. Green solids or patterned fabrics add dimension and texture like this upholstered headboard in Elizabeth Mayhew’s bedroom above or these solid green drapes in a dining room pictured below. Blending in cream or white balance the overall palette. This is an easy palette to work with in kitchens too since many appliances, finishes and flooring are all in the gray family.  And don’t forget your front door. … Read more

October 3rd, 2013 1 Comment

kitchen pendants- where to start your search

Selecting lighting for your kitchen island can be overwhelming, I know. I’ve been debating what kitchen island pendants to select for a kitchen project I’m working on right now. Industrial? Traditional? Vintage schoolhouse? Chandelier? A drum Pendant? The choices seem endless. I’m working on a farmhouse that’s a mix of vintage and modern, so I’m going back and forth between a drum shade or white and polished nickel industrial pendants (since all our faucets and hardware are polished nickel). I’ll make sure to share the outcome with you in the coming weeks. But for now I wanted to share with … Read more

August 23rd, 2013 No Comments

open house: come tour a brand new home for sale in new york’s southampton

Come inside with us and tour this 6,000+ square foot home with six bedrooms, six and a half baths, 5 fireplaces, 2 car garage and a 16′ x 50′ gunite pool and spa just minutes from Long Island’s pristine white beaches. For the full listing visit A bird’s eye view- just minutes to the Atlantic Ocean. The gunite pool with spa. A waterfall cascades from the spa to the main pool. Glass doors are all along the back of the house overlooking the pool. The kitchen and open living space look out onto the pool and back yard. The … Read more

August 22nd, 2013 No Comments

selecting colors for kitchen cabinetry & islands, my tips for a cohesive design

I’ve been working for several months now on a custom home for a client.  From the beginning it was decided to keep the kitchen light and bright with white cabinets and a marble countertop. But my suggestion has been to have the large island be a dark gray/blue color (similar to the color pictured above) as a beautiful contrast to the white. The overall house color palette will be soft shades of white, gray and pale blue. So this week we are selecting the color for the island. We also are having a custom wet bar designed and need to … Read more

August 5th, 2013 No Comments

this week’s color palette: sandy neutrals

Creating a color palette for your home can be a bit easier if you choose something you are inspired by… like the sea, sand, a forest, even a farmer’s market. I always like to keep in mind the flow from room to room. As you are sitting in one room you will be looking into the adjacent rooms, so it’s a good idea to consider what colors are next to each other as you travel throughout your home. Pale shades of neutral colors for your walls are always a good investment and you can bring in color or keep within … Read more

June 27th, 2013 No Comments

kitchen cabinets don’t have to be white, we’re loving this gray kitchen with orange accessories!

They say if you are in the market to sell your home, that to appeal to the most people you should keep your kitchen neutral. Well, that is true, but grays are a great neutral too. If your home has a cohesive color palette and design the overall impact can be emotionally pleasing to a buyer even if it might not be their exact taste. Deciding on kitchen cabinets, which is a big expense, can be stressful. Even though this cabinet color may be a bit unexpected, the designer used a classic marble countertop and a nice simplified door style. … Read more

June 10th, 2013 No Comments

kitchens & baths: a neutral color palette and brass accents create a timeless style

Your kitchen and your bathrooms usually get the most return when renovating your home. It’s hard to know where to start when renovating your kitchen. But if you are planning to sell your home anytime in the near future you might want to consider a classic neutral color palette for your cabinets and countertops. Above, the kitchen has dark counters, while below the bath shows a neutral cream counter, showing you how both can be classic in style.  I mentioned before in our post “6 emerging kitchen trends” that brass was becoming more popular again for kitchen hardware. Now … Read more

March 25th, 2013 4 Comments

this week’s color palette: seaside blues and white in my farmhouse kitchen by the beach

House Beautiful published my kitchen in their April 2013 issue. I’m honored that they chose it as their “Kitchen of the Month”. I thought I’d share with you the photos from the magazine & link you to the story so you can read it yourself. There are several tips for small spaces- like under-counter refrigeration and a vent for the stove that pops up from behind the range- freeing the space of a giant hood.  I’d also like to share with you the Benjamin Moore paint colors of this kitchen in case you like the blues. … Read more