Is Stainless Steel “Over”?

For the past few decades stainless steel has been the reigning champ of the appliance world.  If you’ve ever watched any HGTV episode you know that “stainless steel and granite”  signifies a high end kitchen to the average home buyer.  But I remember growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s in a house with white appliances against whitewashed oak cabinets and it being the “of the moment” style; and now it seems people are trying to make a comeback of not only white appliances but black as well.  Of course they have new fancy names like “White Ice”, and are in more of a smooth matte finish, but they are still the colors of old. So what do we think of this “new” trend?

This is GE’s new “Slate” range- a more matte dark grey finish.  This I can see working in combination with dark grey cabinets I think…

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Simple Inspiration.

Yesterday was crazy.  Like one of those days where you physically feel your busy schedule draining every ounce of your energy.  And with a hubby away for the night on business, it left me running on fumes by the end of the day. So nothing too in depth to post today other than this AMAZING kitchen by Lori Paranjape featured recently in Domino.  We’re using the flooring in here as an inspiration for a project I’m working on in New Jersey, but the rest of the space is pretty amazing too! That range hood, upper glass cabinet detail, slab backsplash….

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I love the way a vintage rug looks in a sleek kitchen. I still love the one I splurged on for mine!

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LINDSEY’S KITCHEN RENOVATION – PART 2

You asked and here it is- an update on Lindsey’s reno! Enjoy! -EG

Hi guys! I’m excited to finally update you on our kitchen progress (if you missed the first post you can check it out here). Back in October we designed and ordered our Deerfield assembled cabinets through Cabinets.com. The expected production time was 4-5 weeks, plus another 2 weeks in transit, and everything arrived right on time. I was a little nervous that all of the cabinets wouldn’t make it here from Florida in one piece (unfortunately damages and delays are all too common in our industry) but thankfully everything went great. Here’s a peek at our dining room after we were left with 30+ boxes worth of cabinets and trim.

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Lindsey’s Kitchen Renovation – Part 1

Hi Guys- Sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit- Henry and I hit a speedbump (a painful one called mastitis) and it really rocked my world in a bad way.  I have not been able to do anything but try to feel better and take care of him so posts may be spotty.  Thankfully I have this awesome one from Lindsey, my longtime right-hand and project manager about the kitchen renovation she’s doing in the house she and her husband bought!  Follow along! I miss you. -Erin

Hi EOS readers! I’m super excited to share some of my renovation with you while Erin’s out on maternity leave. My husband Eric and I spent about 9 months searching, which means we looked at a lot of houses. We knew the general area we wanted to be in and that it had to be cute (my requirement) and have as much outdoor space as possible. And from the start we were looking for a project – something we could attack with our DIY skills and transform over time. Finally we decided on this 3 bed, 1.5 bath cape in a town north of Boston close to where we both grew up. Don’t let her pretty exterior fool you! She needs a ton of work (including significant structural repairs thanks to old termite damage, which had been ignored for many years).

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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!

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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