I Will Dream About This Kitchen Tonight

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.

Any downside?

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.

All images (except no. 3 via Life123) via House Beautiful. Photographs by Victoria Pearson.
Written by Splendid Willow in: Lovely Rooms |


  • Hi Monika
    Well I love grey also and those stools are fabulous! Too bad we don’t have Restoration Hardware here.. You know I’ve always wanted dark timber floors.. But these look great also.. I grew up with hardware floors and really miss them

    Hope you are well.. Have a great day and weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

  • Victoria Athens says:

    This kitchen is beautiful. I am incorporating gray into my kitchen reno, but a little more traditionally to suit my taste. The cabinets will be cream with a gray glaze and the glass fronted upper cabinets will have gray glazed interiors. The glass door refrigerator in the HB layout is the one I have purchased for mine as well.

    The backsplash is fabulous in this layout. I could definitely be happy in this kitchen.

  • sherry says:

    Hands freaking down…one kickass kitchen. I’ll take it………love everything!

  • Love gray cabinets, and am thinking of doing gray cabinetry or a greige of some sort in my laundry room cabinets. Beautiful space, hope your dreams were sweet!

  • bonny neiman says:

    LOVE this kitchen but as an antiques seller I do NOT love the way Restoration Hardware calls things “vintage” and “antique” when they are reproductions. Where is the antiques police LOL!! I have an original of this counter stool available….I still love this kitchen though…thanks for your great posts!

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    I agree with you Bonny! They need to at least add vintage “style” so and so – old pieces they are not! I already know that you sell wonderful antiques – I have been to your site several times! I remember Brooke introducing us to you. Thank you for visiting.

  • Wow! This is a GORGEOUS kitchen in every detail! I love the color, the stools, its presence.

    Thank you for sharing it with us, Mon. Really inspiring one!

    Have a blessed day!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  • Franki Parde says:

    When I received my HB I did the “doubletake,” too!! This one is a “keeper!” franki

  • Willow Decor says:

    So pretty but my monitor reads really blue – I will have to get the issue to really see the colors. You know I adore F&B colors. Pictures never do them justice.

  • gorgeous kitchen. loving the sculptural, non-monstrous hood over the range and adore the backsplash. this is why i went for solid maple (painted) cabinetry. i knew down the line we might want to change the color and although that may not happen for a long time, at least it’s an option.

    my floors are white oak, and when they need to be finished i’ll probably opt for no stain–just the natural beauty of that oak.

    great pick!


  • I pinned this kitchen the other day in Pinterest. Love every little bit of it. I could be very happy cooking and baking here!

  • I am planning on painting our kitchen (walls) grey in the next few months. Grey is definitely sexy :)

    Kristina Gulino

  • stunning! going in the inspiration book for me too!

  • It really is one pretty kitchen- love love the deep grey!

  • I’ve been crazy about gray lately, and that kitchen works perfectly into my obsession! I’m going to buy a copy of the magazine now…

  • You are so right!!!! If someone showed me this and asked me who it looked like I would have said MONIKA! Love everything about this…Can’t wait for my issue of HB…… Maryanne xo

  • Amanda says:

    Hi I am new to your blog and totally smitten! You have really great taste and style! Becoming a follower so I can pop back often xoxo!

  • That is one dreamy kitchen!! I love the colors and those stools are oh so perfect.

  • If you’re a bad blog friend that I must be terrible!! It’s been so busy for me lately that I have not been making the rounds at all. Hoping that will change in the next few months. This kitchen is beautiful and seem very you!!

  • Hi Mon….you know I love this kitchen, its fabulous in every way.

    I just awarded you a versatile blogger award this morning…click on over to see. Have a great weekend!

  • I will dream with you. Every detail is wonderful. Styled to perfection. Have a great weekend. XO, Mona

  • Helena says:

    Very nice idea for a kitchen.
    Intressant att ett grått kök är har en sexig approach….
    Very good information…/ho ho

    / Helena (-:

  • Joe Lucas says:

    Monika thank you SO much for the lovely blog post! So glad you loved it all. It is a favorite project of ours and so happy it has finally gotten out there!

    Please let us know if you are looking for other things and please check out pictures of our new Harbinger showroom. We just moved this month to a new space and have lots of amazing new product. Check out the website http://www.HarbingerLA.com

    Hope to get you in some day!


    Joe and Parrish

  • going right to my inspiration file. wonderful! thank you, Mon! Happy new week and big hugs to you

  • Hi there, I’m visiting from The Enchanted Home and am another of Tina’s award recipients. So great to have been introduced to you. We have a mutual love of grey kitchen cabinets and we are about to paint ours in our current renovation grey too. Stunning image.

  • Delishhh says:

    The gray with the brown butcher block – love it!

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