My Current Favorite Kitchen Look

For kitchen backsplashes, nothing beats a good, classic white subway tile in my book.  There are so many varieties- beveled, small, narrow, crackly glazed, hand-formed- but even so,  sometimes you want to use something a little different without making a huge statement.  That’s why all of the sudden I am swooning for kitchens with shiplap backsplashes (entire rooms done in the stuff, frankly) instead of tile.  Yes, it’s the term you can play a drinking game with while watching Fixer Upper, but it’s used constantly for the same reason subway is- its just good, classic design!

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This kitchen by former Boston (now Nashville) designer Stephanie Sabbe is simple and amazing!

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Love this one too by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works.

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Which Nancy Meyers Kitchen Would You Choose?

Nancy Meyers is as known for her set decoration as she is her movies- I mean, the sets kind of MAKE the movies for me- they are like another character! In this month’s Tradtional Home I spotted a sneak peek of the set design of her new film, The Intern, and the kitchen may be one of her best yet!  She based the Brooklyn townhome of Anne Hathaway’s character on Jenna Lyons’ previous and furiously blogged home.  But this kitchen looks better than Jenna’s for sure!

The Intern, Jules' house, Brooklyn NY  (Warner Bros.)
The Intern, Jules’ house, Brooklyn NY (Warner Bros.)
The Intern, Jules' house, Brooklyn NY  (Warner Bros.)
The Intern, Jules’ house, Brooklyn NY (Warner Bros.)

A Kitchen Inspired by a Movie

The other night I was in the mood to watch something light set in France. But for some crazy, unknown reason, no streaming service has French Kiss, one of my favorite “lay in bed and do nothing” movies. It’s a tragedy, I tell you. So instead I made Andrew watch Chocolat, which he was less than thrilled with,  but I was into since I hadn’t seen in in many years.  I forgot how amazingly charming the little chocolate shop is- and it immediately had me thinking of designing a kitchen based on the details in it!

The perfect light blue-green walls, the wood shelves, the patterned concrete tile floors? Oh yes, this is the PERFECT inspiration.


Let’s Discuss: Patterned Cement Tile

I’ve noticed a lot of kitchens and baths lately boldly employing patterned tile floors, walls and backsplashes. These tiles, mostly examples of Moroccan cement tile, are both contemporary and vintage and when mixed with modern cabinetry and details, can result in a truly showstopping look. But I have to wonder, will this look be timeless? Is it a risk worth taking in main space like a kitchen? Lets take a look at some examples and talk it through.

This room just uses the patterned tile behind the range, which I love in combination with he rustic beams, brick and the sleek counter and cabinetry.