Just glanced through the November issue of House Beautiful. Came to this page and almost flipped. This kitchen is totally me. I like every single thing about this stunning room. (In the magazine you see the entire island and the glass refrigerator and everything. This is just a small snippet!). Gray it is of course. And classic elements are mixed with modern touches. The architecture is beautiful. But I also really like the light hardwood floors. We have dark floors in our kitchen and they are pretty but not very practical. I am so glad to see that gray actually pairs very well with the right kind of blond floors. (No dark floors in my future kitchen).
I also absolutely LOVE the backsplash — acid-washed Seagrass limestone from Classic Tile. The prettiest tile I have seen in a long time. Scroll back and look again!
BTW, the “Vintage Toledo Barstools” are from Restoration Hardware. (On sale right now).
If/when (!) Hubby and I say, ok build your dream kitchen, I will show him this. A social, warm, relaxed and gray kitchen with THAT exact backsplash.
The mahogany-topped island really adds warmth to the entire room.
The designers behind this kitchen are the super talented (and witty!) Parrish Chilcoat & Joe Lucas. This is what they said in the magazine about the kitchen:
How did you make that big kitchen look so damn sexy?
PC: The island, cabinetry, backsplash, and stove hood: gray, gray, gray, gray.
What makes gray so great?
PC: It goes with all the electronics in homes these days, and it’s a more interesting backdrop for colorful furniture and accessories.
JL: Gray also has a crispness against white. It’s slightly industrial. And it goes with my hair.
PC: You have to be careful with gray — it has just as many subtle variations as white. You don’t want it to look dirty.
The designers painted the cabinets and island in two different shades of gray: Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe (warmer) on the cabinets and Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray on the island.
I recommend that you look at the full spread (page 97, folks!) in the actual magazine (House Beautiful, Nov. issue). The room is much more than this picture shows!
Hugs to you all.