Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley January 8, 2016

Weekend hellos. It’s been a wet week here in California, the El Niño storms have arrived! All the damp weather has kept me indoors but we really need this rain so I’m hunkering down and waiting out this winter.

I’m not a January person. Other than that universal urge to purge and declutter which I do find refreshing, the month of January gets me down. I was talking with a friend yesterday who loves winter: cold weather, cozy blankets, warm beverages, trips to the snow. Okay, yes those little things are lovely but the rest of the time the dreary weather makes me listless. I just want to crawl under the covers and nap until spring arrives.

I cheer myself up with images of rooms decorated in the colors of spring. I’m very “meh” about the new Pantone colors, my first impression of the announcement was that the hues are “hospital newborn”, but used judiciously I truly am a fan of pastels.

I’m counting down the days until it’s time for spring decorating, meanwhile keeping my head down working on a few new vibrant fabric prints to feature in March. One of the home improvement projects I’m hoping to tackle is the addition of a garden shed in my backyard. Speaking of ….

 converted shed homepolish

Isn’t this the loveliest converted shed you ever did see?

Classic style: loving this beautiful home makeover.

Extra special bathroom floor tiles (and where to find them).

Oh how I love a great spiral staircase.

This beautiful barn wedding.

24 cozy winter lodges to visit.

Some helpful tips on how to start working out.

A great trick for temporarily sharpening kitchen knives.

Be sure to bookmark The Peptalk Generator !


Have a cozy weekend friends.

Wood Kitchen Cabinets, Revisited

By Kate Riley January 6, 2016

Last month I was hired by Blu Homes to photograph (for promotional materials) one of their latest construction and installation projects in St. Helena, a small town in the Napa Valley with world famous wineries. The home is located on a quaint street, and it was delightful once more to get a peek at another Blu Home. (See the Sonoma Blu Home tour here.) These are a few shots of the kitchen I photographed.

blu homes kitchen 1

 blue homes kitchen 2

This kitchen is modern and lovely, with its shaker front cabinets and blue glass tile backsplash. I love the upper cabinet doors with their framed brushed metal trim, the change in those glass front doors lightens the feel of the kitchen more so than using solid wood doors.

Wood kitchen cabinets were less appealing to many during the last decade for two reasons, because of the dated look of oak builder grade cabinets, and also because of the soaring popularity of white and gray painted kitchen cabinets. After photographing the kitchen above I was reminded just how warm and inviting wood kitchen cabinets can be.

Take a look at the following kitchen wood kitchen cabinets below, I spy contemporary clean lines and Scandinavian influences but most of all simplified design. Notice the details that make these spaces with wood kitchen cabinets feel fresh: 1) shaker style or flat contemporary door fronts; 2) white surfaces for contrast (backsplashes & countertops); 3) modern hardware or cutout pulls; and 4) the use of white cabinetry mixed with wood cabinets.

 wood and white kitchen

ikea kitchen cabinets

 dark contemporary wood kitchen cabinets

wood lower cabinet peninsula

wood kitchen cabinets cutout pulls

  mod wood kitchen cabinets

 modular wood kitchen cabinets

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image sources:  deane inc / ikea / domateaux + baggett architects / jason good cabinets / remodelistameme design / ws workshopagent bauer (tina hellberg)

I believe we will continue to see more wood kitchen cabinets appearing in featured kitchen remodels in the future (hooray!) especially incorporating the elements listed above.