Monday, July 8, 2013

Don't let a small Kitchen cramp your decorating style!

Get the look in your own home! by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
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Kitchen decorated by Sheila Bridges, photographed by Annie Schlechter. Artwork by Schulman added via digital simulation to give you decorating inspiration for your own home decor.

In the summer 2013 edition of House Beautiful, Sheila Bridges uses a Swedish blue color palette and lots of decorating tricks to maximize style in her small New York City apartment. You don't need a kitchen island when you can hang an antique pot rack on the wall. This frees up counter storage and creates sculptural wall decor on a counter-less wall. Add a bit of color underneath the pot rack with original artwork. My pelican painting adds sunny yellow and watercolor blue to the otherwise monochromatic color palette of this small kitchen.

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Hemlock paint by Benjamin Moore
If you want to get this look in your own home, be brave and paint your kitchen cabinets with Hemlock paint by Benjamin Moore. ( I repainted my own 80's cabinets-- but went with white-- you could also do that and paint the walls this lovely blue-gray)

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polished Nickel Drawer pulls by Restoration Hardware
You can always swap out dated hardware on cabinets. These polished nickel drawer pulls are from Restoration Hardware. Such an easy do-it-yourself project for elegant makeover in five minutes.

Pair of Antique white painted Swedish chairs, with both Gothic and Neo-Classical Influence. The backs of the chairs show a Gothic Pointed Arch motif. The rest of the chair, especially the legs, have a strong Neo-Classical influence. The seats of the chairs are done in Caning. $975 for the pair. from R.T. Facts in Kent CT
Like the Swedish chairs? I scoured the internet-- and although you may be lucky to stumble upon an under priced pair you could end up spending hundreds on these.. check your fleas markets and used furniture stores first, but if that fails, consider this a worthy splurge. R.T. Facts is a specialty online used furniture store that carries a beautiful pair. You can add a seat cushion in a soft blue pattern. The fabric used here is a pattern of interlocking cubes from premier fabric supplier Osborne & Little. Ask for the Balyan collection in blue and charcoal.

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The designer painted her wood floors white to save money in tiles or refinishing. You can too and use Farrow & Ball's All White.

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Invest in the original watercolor by Miriam Schulman or collect an affordable fine art print of this pelican art.
The decorator got her counters -- which are carrara marble- from Home Depot but the wall paper which adds even more glamour is her own design, Torino Damask in blue metallic. But in such a small space, you don;t need very much.

retailers mentioned in this blog post: @FarrowandBall @Benjamin_Moore @RestoHardware @harlemtoilegirl @HomeDepot  @HouseBeautiful

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