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Casa Covet Living: The Close Overtime Thriller of the Kitchen Island

You guys did us SUCH a solid weighing in last week on Karrie’s new kitchen!  THANK you!!!  We loved hearing from all of you and we’re down to some combo of what was #1 and #2, with the only major decision left to be made being the ISLAND COLOR. First of all, here’s what one side of the kitchen technically will look like (island is in front of it but not pictured in this elevation):

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SEH.  Here’s where we stand:

  • Cabinets: We’re going WHITE on all perimeter cabinetry.
  • Countertops: Carrara-like (Quartz TBD).
  • Backsplash: Classic white subway tile (with a light-to-medium grey grout) as the backsplash and alllllllll the way up the range wall and also all the way up the wall around the kitchen sink (not pictured).
  • Inset over Range: Tabarka Nord.
  • Open shelving: flanking the range (rustic finish, either floating or on oil rubbed bronze brackets).
  • Island: EHHHMAHGAH WE CAN’T DECIDE!!!  What do y’all think?  Karrie’s first instinct is navy.  Or more specifically, Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue… Which I love for being so gorgeous and classic.  But which I do not love for being vomited all over the Pinterestphere in the last year or two.  But DANG it’s pretty:

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  • My first instinct is to go just a little bit outside of the box and do more of a Peacock Blue.  I pulled an old inspo photo out of the archives of my dome that Melissa Bixby Anderson (of Bixby & Ball and now Perennials fame) did a few years ago (cabinets by San Diego Custom Cabinets – heeeeeeeey… ps did I tell you I do kitchens/baths for them now?) – but for real – THIS kitchen…  I have been dying over it ever since:

Bixby Kitchen

Melissa – who btw is one of the sweetest and most talented people, ever – said something to me about that kitchen that stuck like glue: that that particular client was a really fun family with a ton of personality in the throes of trying to decide whether to go classic all-white, or go kinda fun and crazy… obviously they went the route that was truer to their family dynamic, and so every time I think about Karrie’s kitchen, I really want it to be her, personified.  Ya know?

The kitchen above was what planted the seed, but the inside of this gorgeous bar cabinet by Kristen Buckingham for Global Views that I saw over the weekend at Vegas market tipped the scales for me.  BECAUSE IT WAS THE MOST PERFECT SHADE OF PEACOCK I EVER SAW:

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PS there’s my buddy and bad a$$ designer Hope (of Hope Pinc Design).  Hey girl heeeeey!

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Anyhow – we’re on the fence (again).  Wanna help?  Here’s a doodle in po-man’s-photoshop (Microsoft Word) I just flipped to Karrie real fast… What’ll it be peeps – VEGAS PEACOCK or NAVY?!

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xoxo!

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PS: Sorry to you Bach Fans about no post this week.  I blame being at 10,000 feet + a jam-packed schedule :)  Be back next week, honest!

Casa Covet Living: Kitchen Finishes

Hey Camps!  We have GOBS to share with you – including the final layout we chose – but for today, Karrie & I have been on the horn since 6:30am today trying to dial in her (and Tim’s – oosie!) kitchen finishes.  They have a lovely and *cough* “efficient” contractor running the job who informed me on Thursday that he needed them ASAP. And I was all “YES DRILL SER-GEANT!!!”

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…and then I called Karrie and we were all:

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SEH.  We’ve been hovering around a few options for awhile… we basically want this kitchen to feel like a combination of the vibe from It’s Complicated, Gracias Madre and with a Kishani Perera twist.  And if that trio of things didn’t just make you soil your drawers, then you’re nuts.  We are trying to keep it classic without being boring.  Yadda yadda.  Here are the 4 options we’re down to… and I’ll tell you about these finishes what Joan Rivers used to tell the camera about red carpet walkers’ dresses: THEY ALL LOOK AMAZING IN PERSON, and don’t always translate via the camera.  K here you go:

Casa Covet Living Remodel: KITCHEN OPTION 1

PERIMETER CABINETRY: White

PERIMETER COUNTERTOP: Black (Granite or silestone)

OPEN SHELVING: Rustic/Distressed/Reclaimed

BACKSPLASH: White subway, medium grey grout, Tabarka Nord inset behind range

ISLAND CABINETRY: Rustic/Distressed Finish

ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

BARSTOOLS: Upholstered in Carolina Irving’s Aegean Stripe in Plum/Saffron

ISLAND PENDANTS: Arteriors’ Noreen Pendant

SCONCES (on either side of sink): Ro Sham Beaux’s Piper Sconce

Casa Covet Living: KITCHEN OPTION 2

PERIMETER CABINETRY: White

PERIMETER COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

OPEN SHELVING: Rustic/Distressed/Reclaimed

BACKSPLASH: White subway, medium grey grout, Tabarka Nord inset behind range

ISLAND CABINETRY: Navy

ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

BARSTOOLS: Upholstered in Carolina Irving’s Aegean Stripe in Plum/Saffron

ISLAND PENDANTS: Custom (inspiration: Gracias Madre’s Bar Pendants)

SCONCES (on either side of sink): TBD

Casa Covet Living Remodel: KITCHEN OPTION 3

PERIMETER CABIENTRY: White

PERIMETER COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

OPEN SHELVING: Rustic/Distressed/Reclaimed

BACKSPLASH: White subway, medium grey grout, Tabarka Izmir 1 inset behind range

ISLAND CABINETRY: Navy

ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

BARSTOOLS: TBD

ISLAND PENDANTS: Custom (inspiration: Gracias Madre’s Bar Pendants)

SCONCES (on either side of sink): TBD

Casa Covet Living Remodel: KITCHEN OPTION 4

PERIMETER CABIENTRY: White

PERIMETER COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

OPEN SHELVING: Rustic/Distressed/Reclaimed

BACKSPLASH: Hazy Grey/Blue “Linen” Subway – aka one of those ones that doesn’t translate.  This is GORGEOUS in person and has a texture to it that actually looks like linen.  Also bluer in person.  Comes in a 1×6 and a 4×12 too vs. a standard 3×6 subway.

ISLAND CABINETRY: Navy

ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

BARSTOOLS: Upholstered in Carolina Irving’s Aegean Stripe in Plum/Saffron

ISLAND PENDANTS: Custom (inspiration: Gracias Madre’s Bar Pendants)

SCONCES (on either side of sink): TBD

Floor’s yours kids!  What’s your vote??

xoxooxox!

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